CRICKET: Stubborn Colwyn Bay claim vital draw at Leigh
Tuesday 16 August 2016 10:54
COLWYN Bay picked up some vital points in their pursuit of Liverpool and Distct Premier Division safety with a draw at promotion chasing Leigh.
A resolute display from Sion Morris’ side leaves them 24 points clear of second-from-bottom Rainford, and they will be hoping for further points this Saturday when they face a difficult trip to Formby.
The visitors made a disappointing start after being put into bat, with Zak Gidlow and Morris both falling for ducks off the bowling of Luis Reece (2-43).
Huw Roberts steadied the ship with a knock of 32, but it was the partnership of George Johansen and Adam Campion that really caught the eye.
The pair were in superb form throughout, with Campion contributing a patient 67 off 85 ball, while the in-form Johansen smashed 12 boundaries before he was eventually dismissed on 93.
Shrikant Mundhe produced a valuable 22 as Bay set their opponents a target of 265 all out from 61 overs.
Pace bowler Ryan Holtby got the away side off to a flyer by taking out openers Reece and Ross Zelem for 20 and 27 respectively, and the same bowler was on hand to oust Matt McKiernan for nine on his way to figures of 3-67 from 16 overs.
The home resistance came from Karl Brown, who continued his fine season with a knock of 51 before he was removed from the crease by Paul Jenkins.
He was aided significantly at the crease by Adam Shallcross, who put the result in the balance with a quick-fire 73 off 68 before falling victim to Mundhe (2-63).
Despite this impressive innings the home side ran out of overs to achieve their goal and had to be content with a share of the spoils as they ended the day on 225-7.