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Cricket: Carmel play both weekend games but remain in trouble

CARMEL and District bucked the trend of the bank holiday weekend as both of their North Wales League Division Two games went ahead.

It was a mixed bag for them, though, as they beat visitors Brymbo 2nds on Saturday only to lose at Abergele on Monday.

The relegation dogfight between Carmel and Brymbo resulted in a two-wicket victory for the Flintshire side.

Steve and Steven Jones were the key wicket-takers for Carmel as Steve took 3-35 and Steven 3-19.

Only Shabeer Koduvali (37) and Rob Salisbury (43) put up decent scores as Brymbo were bowled out for 115 (Gamage Upul Buddhika 2-28).

Despite using most of their wickets, Carmel did enough to win, Andrew Skates top-scoring with 18 as they closed on 116-8.

Monday saw Carmel win the tosss and choose to bowl.

It initially proved a good decision, as despite Ed Rooney’s 56 Carmel were able to ensure their hosts’ innings finished on 133-9.

Barry McGauty claimed 4-27, Dafydd Timothy 3-23 and Skates took 2-11.

But in trying to offer a reply Carmel struggled.

The top three batsmen folded before Gareth Roberts chipped in with a seemingly vital 39.

But he had no support and Williams could not revive Carmel’s fortunes single- handedly as they capitulated to 107ao.