CRICKET: Llandudno extend Premier Division lead with Menai Bridge triumph
Tuesday 23 August 2016 13:48
ALL conquering Llandudno took a giant step towards the North Wales Premier Division crown with a five wicket victory of closest challengers Menai Bridge.
The long-time leaders were made to work hard against the reigning champions, and they have the chance to make another statement when they travel to rivals Bangor this Saturday.
Chris Hardy was rewarded for a series of fine deliveries by taking out Zach Ringrose for eight, and there was further delight for the hosts when Jack Gower was despatched by Rimmington for four.
Things got even better when Rhydian Morgan got rid of the dangerous Luke Jones after he made just ten, but a pair of unbeaten knocks from skipper Robbie Jones and Dion Holden levelled the playing field in the top-of-the-table clash.
Holden was four shy of his half century when he ran out of deliveries, and together with Jones’ 32no the away side set a target of 116-3 from their 32 allotted overs.
The prolific Danial Evans was first to fall for the home side as he fell victim to a Holden delivery on 10, and overseas star Robin Smith made 23 before he was sent to the pavilion by Ringrose.
Sam Rimmington continued his steady improvement at the crease with 26 before becoming Holden’s latest scalp, and the same bowler also removed Tom Bleasdale for 33 and Kevin James (6) on his way to impressive figures of 4-58 from ten overs.
That was as good as it got for the visitors, and Chris Hardy’s stubborn 15no ensured the champions-elect got over the line for the loss of five wickets after 23 overs for a pivotal victory.
The good news kept coming for Rimmington as third placed Bangor’s home tie with Denbigh was cancelled due to the weather, meaning the gap is now 29 points with three games of the season remaining.