Monty maintain early season form

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

Henshalls Shrop Reserves League

MONTGOMERY IIs maintained their early season promise in division two of the Reserve League with an 85 run win at home to Market Drayton IIs.

Monty’s top order struggled for runs as Cameron Wilcox (2-19) dominated before the middle order pairing of Ross Wilkinson (43) and Keith Griffiths (35) revived the innings.

Both fell to Harry Cooke (2-44) as Montgomery were restricted to 180 to defend, including 49 extras as Market Drayton were punished for their loose bowling display.

Ed Bennett (3-27) set the tome in reply while Rob Yewdall (2-32) and Griffiths (2-20) celebrated the key wickets of Darren Kettle (21) and Steve Wilde (23).

David Jones (2-20) polished off the tail as Marker Drayton’s demise was completed for 95 in the 31st over.

Meanwhile Alberbury IIs continue to struggle in the first division after crashing to a six wicket defeat at home to Cound IIs.

Sahim Zaza (57) top scored as the hosts posted 197-8 to defend with Kenny Hamer (3-28) and Owen Brayne (2-23) the pick of Cound’s attack.

Tom Boyd (88) starred in reply and was joined by Dan Tudor (40) and Hamer (19no) in finishing the job in the 35th over with Cound posting 198-4.

Welshpool IIs gave high flying Beacon IIIs a bloody nose in a two wicket win in division three.

Jordan Harding (3-24) shared the limelight with Rupert Redway (3-28) and Tom Bowen (3-27) to restrict their hosts to 172 to defend with Steve Reece (34), Adrian Tomkins (26), Jack Haycocks (22) and Lewis Tomkins (26) leading the way.

Keith Martindale (3-26) unsettled Pool early on and included Matthew Whitehouse (26) in his haul before Harding (31) was joined by Tom Bowen (16no) and Ronnie Bowen (16) in steering their side to 173-8 and victory.

However Bishops Castle IIs continued their struggles in division three in an eight wicket defeat at home to Lilleshall IVs.

Jack Kennett (36) top scored as Castle set a target of 146 to defend with Josh Mills (18), Dan Green (18) and Jack Jordan (18) offering support while Rob Bagshaw (4-37) and Ganga Nitta (3-18) led the wicket haul.

Bagshaw (45) and Supul Fernando (55no) formed a decisive second wicket stand to guide Lilleshall to the brink before Ben Millington (7no) guided the hosts to 147-2 and victory.

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