Club Cricket: Gwersyllt Park Triumph as Gele Drop Chance of Winning

David MoulsonContributor IApril 23, 2011

Ed Rooney looks to attack an Ian Pearson delivery
Ed Rooney looks to attack an Ian Pearson delivery

The North Wales Cricket League kicked off this weekend with Abergele away to Gwersyllt Park as Ed Rooney and his young team take to action.

Rooney won the toss and put in a Gwersyllt side who just missed out on promotion last season. 

It took a while for Gele to get a breakthrough, and it was Amer Jamil and his left arm spin that got the breakthrough with the wicket of Darren Jones. 

Ian Pearson and Rhys Ryder began to dominate the bowling with Ryder being dropped on three occasions once by Wasim Ali off his own bowling and twice by Jamil, once off his own bowling and once of the bowling of Charlie Wall.

Gele racked up five drop catches in the field which cost them dearly.

Pearson and Ryder both passed half centuries before Rooney ran out Ryder for 59; this sparked a collapse towards the end of the Gwesyllt innings. 

Ali making the most of this collapse and Karl Higgins also in the wickets as they finished with 4-for-43 and 2-for-5 respectively.

Greg Moss finished with a well made 21 not out.

Gele's innings started in bad fashion with the wickets of Martyn Hedge and David Moulson in the first six overs putting them right on the back foot from ball one.

Ian Pearson continued to dominate as he took a five-for.

Ben Garnett and Rooney gave Gele some hope as the pair put on a partnership of 48 with both batsmen looking very impressive at the crease. Garnett got 13 as skipper Rooney smashed 32.

Wasim Ali looked impressive also as he top scored to complete a good all round game; he was out for 33, a lovely cut six was the highlight of his innings.

Higgins and Jamil also added to the score card; the pair got 13 and 11 respectively.

But it was Pearson who held strong and his 5-for-48 was the standout figures for Gwersyllt Park. He was supported by Nigel Pearson who took 2-for-25.

Gele will be hoping for a better result as they play Northop in the Welsh Cup next Sunday.