ST ASAPH 274-5


THE end of the season is coming at just the wrong time for Duncan Midgley and Will Ryan.

They will be wishing it was April and not September after compiling yet another brilliant opening stand as St Asaph romped to a second consecutive maximum points win.

On this occasion, their North Wales Cricket League Premier Division opponents were Pwllheli.

Saints' skipper Ryan won the toss and unsurprisingly he opted to make first use of the Elwy Grove Park batting track.

Seven days after compiling an unbroken first wicket stand of 355 in the win over Connah's Quay, Ryan and Midgley were at it again.

On this occasion, the partnership was a superb one of 199 runs.

After putting together an undefeated partnership of 554, the pair were finally separated when Ryan was caught by Ioan Lloyd off the bowling of Tristan Coetzee for 82.

His innings lasted 112 deliveries and it contained 10 fours and a six.

However, Midgley wasn't for shifting and he made it through to three figures in the 37th over, off 108 deliveries.

He would eventually finish up on 144 not out from 142 balls, with the brilliant innings containing 19 fours and a six.

Danny Ryan added 18 as St Asaph's 50 overs yielded 274-5.

However, spare a thought for number three batsman Mathew Ryan, who waited a fortnight to make it to the crease, only to be dismissed for a golden duck!

Tristan Coetzee, who earlier picked up 3-62, was in a hurry when it was Pwllheli's turn to respond.

He cracked 28 from just 20 deliveries to hand the visitors some early hope, before being dismissed by the impressive Liam Moores.

Despite the best efforts of Adam Williams (32) and Iwan Moore (26), Pwllheli never threatened to reach their victory target and they were all out for 119 in the 33rd over.

Merry Moores was the pick of the bowling attack, finishing with a fantastic 5-37 haul from his 10 overs.

Danny Ryan was also in great form as he bagged 3-11 in six overs, while Alex Baker claimed 1-45.