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Llani, Guilsfield remain in form

 
Created on 26/06/2019 @ 12:28
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Guilsfield and Llanidloes continue to fly the flag high for Montgomeryshire in the Shropshire Cricket League, but the going was tough on Saturday for Newtown, Welshpool and Montgomery.

Newtown once again suffered from a lack of runs as the were beaten by title chasing Frankton in Division One.

Sam Morris was unbeaten on 37 to top the scoring as Newtown could only manage 133, and despite the best efforts of Tom Anderson (3-39), Frankton made their way home with four wickets to spare.

There were defeats too for Montgomery and Welshpool in Division Two.

Montgomery suffered an agonising two-wicket defeat at St Georges II after setting a respectable 170-9 off their 45 overs. Wicketkeeper batsman Rob Bennett scored an unbeaten 50 and there were also runs for Ieuan Griffiths (32), Thomas Corfield (24) and Charlie Clinton (18). In reply, St Georges scored the winning runs with just two balls of the final over remaining.

Aaron Ruff-Cock was the pick of the Monty bowlers with 4-29 off nine overs, while there were also wickets for Sam Williams (2-29). Two of the wickets came from stumpings as Bennett rounded off an excellent all-round performance.

Welshpool bowlers Matt McWhinnie (3-33) and Rob Anderson (3-18) did their bit to restrict promotion-chasing Lilleshall 182-7, but the batsmen couldn’t deliver, eventually falling well short on 106 despite Don Chodecki making 42.

In Division Five, Montgomery II lost to Knockin II by five wickets in a battle of the bottom two. The Lymore-based club scored 183-8 off 45 overs but the visitors knocked off the winning runs with just five down in the 43rd over.

Matthew Jones (29), Jake Wilkinson (28), Jonathan Williams (28), Lennon Brian (26) and Harry Wilkinson (24) scored the runs for Montgomery. It was a proud day though for the Wilkinson family with four brothers all in action.

It was a day to forget for Newtown II who were dismissed for 65 at home to league leaders Wem II who cruised to victory with four wickets lost.

Guilsfield continue to push for promotion in Division Six after a comfortable victory over a plucky St Georges III.

Sam Griffiths blasted 83 and Duncan Todd added 22 as Guilsfield posted 200, before the visitors were restricted to 166 with Griffiths (3-18) and David Williams (2-29) the main strike bowlers.

Llanidloes too are in startling form, returning from Shifnal with their unbeaten season intact.

The hosts could only muster 127-7 due to some fine Llani bowling, before Dave Moody (37no) and Geraint Evans (27no) remained unbeaten to steer the leaders home with just two wickets lost.

Welshpool III remain bottom of Division Eight after suffering a defeat at Allscott Heath. Warren Roberts (34) and Dale Evans (31) were the main run scorers in Welshpool’s 120 and despite Rupert Redway’s 3-21, it was a comfortable run chase for the hosts.

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