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Cricket: Connah’s Quay chase down big total to defeat Mold

THE North Wales Premier Division title may be slipping from Connah’s Quay’s grasp, but they demonstrated on Saturday that they will not let it go without a fight.

Despite Mold setting them a target of over 200 runs, Quay mustered the willpower to win their match at Central Park by six wickets to just about remain in touch with the title race.

Opener Richard Crane top-scored for Mold with 36, skipper Usman Butt made 29 and Hugh Reckord added 35 in the middle as Mold clocked up 206-8 before declaring.

Quay proved their own worst enemy however as they gave away 31 extras, the third-highest score on the card for Mold.

Nevertheless Quay skipper Martin Burger set an example claiming 3-26, comfortably Quay’s best bowling figures of the day.

Successfully chasing down a total of more than 200 is a rare feat. Most sides faced with that challenge attempt to bat out for the draw.

But Burger knew that Quay had to win to retain any slim hope at all of defending their crown and the tea interval gave him the opportunity to inspire his men.

Ryan Holloway took the bull by the horns and opened with 28 runs and once Reckord had caught out Darren Jones, Adam Hodgkins stepped up to supply 32.

Reckord’s safe hands then did for Holloway brought Burger to the crease.

He took control of proceedings, hammering 10 boundaries as he pushed Quay on at pace.

Partnered by Hodgkins, David Fox (23) and finally Gareth Jones (8no), Burger made 81no and managed to get his side to 210-4 for victory.

John Crane was the pick of Mold’s bowlers with 2-36 but in truth they never got to grips with a Quay side scrapping for every point they can get.

Mochdre maintained their own title push with a two-wicket win over PONTBLYDDYN.

Chris Moss (30) and Julian Morris (31) starred for Pont with the bat as the mid-table side scored 118ao against the title chasers.

Once Pont adopted the ball they looked set to do fellow Flintshire side Connah’s Quay a favour in the title battle as the first five wickets tumbled for 13 runs.

But Ross Stevens salvaged the situation with 54 and a slight tail wag was enough to secure victory for visiting Mochdre, despite Marcel Frenzel taking 7-21.

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