Colwyn Bay 1st eleven’s 159 run victory over Rainford at Penrhyn Drive Saturday May 7 was as convincing as the wide margin of victory makes manifest with outstanding individual performances in a super team effort by Bay’s Young Turks.
Bay won the toss and batted under a cloudy sky which gave way to a half hour of rain against the team promoted alongside them last season. Zac Gidlow (7) and Sion Morris (12) opened and were both out LBW at 35 for 2.
Jordan Evans and George Johansen took over to play strokes lifting the scoring rate, putting on 33, by hitting the boundary and running well between wickets (a feature of Bay’s innings).
At 68 a firm drive from Evans hit his partner’s wicket before he could get back in his crease and Johansen was run out at 15. (2x4s.) Evans though still batted well scoring 46 in 59 balls. Indian pro SS Mundhe hit four fours in his 20.
At 131 for six Mike Littler, 56 runs (9 x 4s) and Harrison Jones 36 (1 x 6 and 5 x 4s) came together to take control in a partnership of 90 runs giving Rainford’s bowlers short shrift and Bay 221 for 6 declared in 49 overs. Ben Hewitt 2 for 26 for Rainford.
A good batting was followed by bowling and fielding verging on the mind boggling illustrated by Rainford being 41 for none (Joe Noctor 38) and all out out 28 runs later.
The collapse began when Mundhe (this just his third match) changed ends to bowl from the Penrhyn Road end. It was one of the most astonishing spells seen at the Bay as he took five wickets for six runs, his pace and swing unplayable seen as he clean bowled the sturdy Noctor.
Huw Roberts took a superb catch that was going like a bullet high through the slips. Mike Lister starred again as wicket keeper taking five catches and stumping one. Paul Jenkins 3 for 27 and Adam Campion 2 for 1 finished off a shell shocked Rainford with Bay gaining 25 points and going second in the Liverpool Comp Premiership.