GRAPE to Grass moved up to second in the Colwyn Bay & District Midweek Cricket League with a convincing win over a young Abergele side.

Batting first, they started positively with Will Spillane hitting an impressive 47.

Regular wickets kept the run rate in check, but James Jones stood firm and kept finding the boundary in his 45 runs, taking the total to 145-7 in 20 overs.


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In reply, Abergele struggled to build partnerships and fell behind the run rate.

But despite their best efforts, Grapes bowlers could not gather maximum points from bowling out the opposition, as Abergele’s lower order held out to reach 109-9 at the close.

Elsewhere, Lex came out on top of a high scoring game against Pen Y Bryn.

Tom Thornton (52) and Tom Bleasedale (32) raced out of the traps scoring at 10 an over.

Stuart Culverhouse stemmed the flow with three wickets, but some belligerent hitting by Luke Regan (43) and Mike Gwynne (9) saw 24 runs scored in the last two overs, taking Lex to an imposing 181- 4 from their 20 overs. 

The Pen Y Bryn reply started strongly, with Nic Bould (33) and Mike McDonough (54) taking the score to 90-1 by the halfway point in the innings.

But Bould was removed by Trevor Taylor in the 11th over and incoming batsman Andy Butlin was brilliantly run out by Bobby Borland, stalling the run rate.

Once McDonough was forced to retire, the Lex bowlers took control and while Darren Dentith (12) and Dave Atkinson (five) resisted manfully, they were unable to find boundaries and the innings closed on 134-6.

Current standings

  1. Lex XI P3 Pts 15
  2. Grape to Grass P3 Pts 12
  3. Abergele P3 Pts 8
  4. D. C. Llanrwst P2 Pts 6
  5. Ysgol Pen Y Bryn P2 Pts 6
  6. Rydal Penrhos P3 Pts 0