CARMEL 114-9

RUTHIN 115-7

A DISCIPLINED bowling performance paved the way for Ruthin's successful North Wales Cricket League weekend.

None of the visitors' six-strong bowling attack conceded more than 25 runs during the three-wicket Division One triumph at Carmel.

Last season, the two teams were plying their trade in Division One and they were both successful in their quest to make the step up to Division One.

Ruthin skipper Rhys Hilditch called correctly during the toss and he made the correct decision to bowl first on the day.

Carmel were soon in trouble and Gwyndaf Hughes picked up the opening wicket of the day with only one run on the board.

Hughes was extremely difficult to get away and he finished up with miserly figures of 2-15 from his 11 overs.

Gwion Dafydd (42), Daniel Owens (14) and Ryan Roberts (13) did attempt to improve the situation for Carmel, but the hosts eventually found themselves being restricted to 114-9 from their 50-over stint at the crease.

Josh Duckworth was the main wicket taker and he claimed 3-11, while there were also wickets for the likes of Russell Penrhyn Jones (1-21) and Sandeep Anantharaman (1-23).

Ruthin were also impressive in the field, with Duckworth and Anantharaman causing run outs, while Sion Hughes took two catches.

There were also a pair of dismissals for wicket-keeper Michael Parton.

Ruthin didn't breeze their way to success during the second portion of the afternoon and they reached a winning 115-7 with only 14 deliveries to spare.

Skipper Rhys Hilditch was the main contributor with the bat and he top scored with 28.

Support was supplied by the likes of Russell Penrhyn Jones (17 not out), Josh Duckworth (17), Duncan Roberts (13) and Sion Hughes (12) as Ruthin claimed an 11-4 points triumph.

Jack Whitehouse and Nick Hughes both picked up 2-18 for Carmel.