Today we welcome the players and supporters from Prestatyn and hope they enjoy their visit to their nearest league neighbours.
Despite missing a few of our regular players, the 1st XI overcame Wallasey last Saturday. Paul Jenkins took 5 wickets – his 4th ‘5 for’ this season – as Wallasey ground out 139 runs in 65.1 overs. This total was overtaken by the Bay in 31.5 overs – Patrick Leach(32), Jordan Evans(39) and Will Higginson(21) making significant contributions. As a consequence of winning the toss and inviting our opponents to bat first, the maximum number of points available is 20. Despite our victory, we dropped one place to 5th. However, Northern, who are our opponents today are in 2nd place but are only 5 points ahead of us. It was fortunate, perhaps, that we played Wallasey when we did. This week, in a bid to ensure their premier division safety, they have signed Monty Panesar, formerly of Northampton, Essex and England.
The 2nd XI last Saturday managed a draw against league leaders, Old Xaverians. This was a creditable performance given that our two previous games against them this season in league and cup have ended in defeat. Our batting was steady rather than spectacular. 51 overs had elapsed and all our wickets had fallen before we reached a potentially defendable total. Sean McDonagh made another successful guest appearance scoring 41 and Chris Barry is proving to be a valuable asset with 38. Ross Hudson and Luke Russell both made useful contributions. However, Old Xavs were unable or unwilling to chase our total making only 78 runs in the 43 overs remaining in the game. This was largely due to the economical bowling of our captain James Jones who only conceded 21 runs in his 11 overs.
Having convincingly beaten all North Wales opposition by 5wkts, 8wkts, 71runs, 107 runs and 168 runs in the previous rounds, this evening the 1st XI make the long trip to Mumbles for the Welsh Cup semi-final tomorrow – weather permitting. The forecast doesn’t look brilliant.