ALBERBURY IIs could not finish the job and held to a draw at home to Beacon IIs in Henshalls Shropshire League Five.

Andrew Wynne (39) and Jonathan Green (34) top scored as Alberbury posted 162 to defend with John Howarth (4-59) leading the Beacon attack.

Owain Roberts (2-13) and Steve Jarrett (1-24) struck early in reply before Alwyn Howarth and Lewis Tomkins dug in to revive Beacon’s middle order.

Wynne (2-13) struck to dislodge both with Tomkins snared LBW for 45 and Howarth bowled for a top scoring 52 but Beacon had already done enough for a draw, closing on 129-5.

Montgomery IIs also claimed a share of the spoils in a draw at Wem IIs.

Tom Hughes (2-56) was the pick of the Monty attack and included Russell Mellings (29) and Rhys Mellings (34) in his haul before Oliver Cooper (55no) and David Barnett (65no) guided Wem to 224-3 to defend.

Monty’s top order collapsed under pressure from Ben Parry (2-36) and Barnett (2-25) before David Thomas (53) and Hughes (21) offered middle order resistance.

Euan Mellings (2-28) maintained the pressure but Montgomery were not to be denied their share of the spoils as the evergreen Keith Griffiths (25no) dug in to guide his side to 155-8 and a draw.

However Newtown IIs endured a miserable weekend with a 10 wicket thrashing at Broseley.

Richard Smout (28no) was the only Town batsman to post double figures as Gavin Daniel (4-11), Dan Handley (3-9) and Kelvin Rogerson (2-23) struck to complete the Welsh side’s skittling for just 68.

Rogerson (37no) and Ash Postance (28no) carried their bat in reply to guide Broseley to 72 without the loss of a wicket in the eighth over and endure Newtown a long trip home.

Elsewhere Welshpool IIs celebrated a five wicket win at home to Iscoyd and Fenns Banks IIs in Henshalls Shropshire League Eight.

Opener Lance Parkes carried his bat with a career best 143no with support from veteran Dale Evans (66) as Welshpool posted a commanding 256-3 to defend.

Neil Pryce (5-13) led the Welshpool attack in reply while Adam Gannon (1-17), William Gannon (1-22) and Rupert Redway (1-33) offered support.

Jamie Dowley (51no) led Iscoyd’s defiance as wickets tumbled around him before Richard Charlton was caught by David Whitehouse off John Gough (1-23) to complete the visitors’ demise for 133.