ST ASAPH 181-7 DEC
A BRILLIANT all-round performance from Dave North saw St Asaph have the better of things against Northop over the weekend.
North hit a 50 with the bat and then grabbed five wickets with the ball as the Saints secured a winning draw from their North Wales Cricket League Premier Division contest.
It was Northop who won the toss and they elected to spend the opening portion of the afternoon in the field.
That appeared to be a sound choice when Andy Poynton grabbed an early wicket, but opener Mathew Ryan (33), Dale Brander (21) and Will Ryan (14) then set about stabilising the St Asaph innings.
Poynton (2-28) and Darren Williams (4-53) did keep Northop interested, however St Asaph gained the upper hand courtesy of North's unbeaten 51.
Further good efforts from the likes of Andrew Bellis (16), Jason Foulkes (10) and skipper Paul Fleming (15 not out) allowed the home side to declare on 181-7 after 50 overs.
Victory appeared to be in the Saints' sights when North made a blistering start to his bowling stint.
The all-rounder effectively ripped out the Northop top order on his way to figures of 5-31 from 14 overs.
The visitors' middle and lower order were made of stern stuff, though, and good knocks from Poynton (38) and Bradley Page (23 not out) saw Northop reach 132-7 to hold on for a draw.
Bellis (1-23) and Foulkes (1-15) also picked up wickets for St Asaph.
CONWY 2NDS 62-0
ST ASAPH 2NDS 59
(Conwy won 10-0)
NINE-MAN St Asaph 2nds failed to pick up a point on their Division Three trip to Conwy.
The city side struggled with the bat and failed to pick up a wicket with the ball as the hosts claimed a maximum points win in a damp encounter.
In fairness, the Conwy groundstaff did extremely well to make sure the game went ahead and with the ball seaming off the pitch, the Saints struggled when they elected to bat first.
Some accurate bowling saw the visitors being dismissed for just 59, despite the best efforts of Adam El-Lamie (19) and Will Riley (14).
For the home side, Nick Davies (3-12), David Owen (3-19) and Malinda Hewayalage (2-25) shared the wickets.
Conwy wasted little time in wrapping up victory when it was their turn to bat, reaching 62 without loss inside 10 overs.
Rob Miller hit two sixes and five fours in his undefeated knock of 44.
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