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Monk takes Newtown to victory

 
Created on 13/07/2022 @ 14:47

 

Newtown closed the gap on the top four in MSG Shropshire Division One with a convincing victory at the team above them – Frankton – on Saturday.

Paceman Joe Monk took a brilliant 5-24 from nine over to lead the demolition of Frankton for just 98 runs, easy work for openers Matt Knight (33) and Dave Anthony (29) who got the ball rolling before Tom Foulkes (22no) saw the job through for the loss of just two wickets.

Division Two bottom club Montgomery were set 241-7 to chase at Pontesbury with Alex Bromley taking 4-27.

Despite a decent effort, the run chase fell 35 runs short with David Thomas (44) top scoring.

Welshpool threw away the opportunity to keep the pressure on at the top of Division Three after posting a decent looking 211-9 for visitors Willey to go after.

Paul Chapman (50) and Russell Cadwallader (36no) put Pool in a strong position at tea, but the visitors forged a strong mid-order resistance to make it home, despite the Rob Anderson’s 3-37. The defeat sees Welshpool remain second.

A brilliant 50 runs from veteran Steve Griffiths held Guilsfield & Llandrinio’s innings together as they recorded a welcome Division Four victory over Condover to move back up to seventh.

Griffiths’s first half-century for the club helped the villagers reach 172 all out with Rhodri Davies adding a useful 33.

In reply, Condover were thwarted by Dan Brown’s return to pace bowling with 3-17 and youngster Finley Hunter bagging 3-10 as they were dismissed for 116.

It was a disappointing day for Llanidloes and Newtown II in Division Five with both suffering home defeats to Allscott Heath II and Iscoyd & Fenns Bank respectively. And that was the same outcome for Montgomery II in Division Six, losing at home to Cound II.

But the performance of the day came from Dale Evans who smashed a brilliant 103 to carry his bat through Welshpool II’s innings at Cae Glas II.

Evans led the way as Pool reached 222, receiving staunch support from fellow veteran opener Dave Whitehouse (74). In reply, Will Gannon took 3-35 as Cae Glas were restricted to 178-9, ensuring victory was achieved by 44 runs.