DOLGELLAU’s cricketers set a club record by scoring 350 for 8 at home to Abergele, their highest ever total in the North Wales League.
The visitors could only muster 117 runs in reply, as Dolgellau won by 233 runs.
The star of the show for the home team was Eric Herbert, who smashed 9 sixes and 11 fours in an innings of 140 in just 78 deliveries.
Herbert was ably supported by skipper Phil Leeds with 78, retired hurt, and opener Gareth Lanagan 76.
When Abergele batted, Dolgellau’s Sion Hughes claimed 5 wickets for 29 and Jason Weaver had 3 for 23.
Leeds and Lanagan had opened for Dolgellau, on winning the toss for a third week in a row, and were not parted until the 19th over with the total on 111 runs.
Lanagan was caught by Karl Higgins from the bowling of Ben Garnett, after an excellent knock of 76 from 67 balls, which included no less than 14 fours, making his 50 from only 35 balls.
Leeds and Stuart Evans added 21, until the latter was bowled by Garnett.
Herbert joined Leeds in the middle, and should have been run out without facing, the keeper breaking the stumps without the ball, as Leeds called for a single.
Abergele were made to pay dearly as Herbert went on the rampage, striking his first 50 in 37 balls as he and Leeds plundered 117 runs.
When the total was on 249 Leeds had to retire hurt due to a leg injury, having an innings of 78 with 7 boundaries from 106 balls, his third successive half-century.
Sam Williams partnered Herbert in a stand of 71 thereafter, with Herbert taking only 28 balls to make his second fifty, reaching his second century in three matches from 65 balls.
Herbert dispatched the ball to the boundary 20 times, hitting 9 sixes and 11 fours before he was finally out for 140, bowled by Owen Lynam in the 45th over.
The last five overs saw a flurry of wickets, with five batsmen falling, only Williams with 15 reaching double figures. Geraint Jones and Jason Weaver were the not out batsmen as the innings went from 320 for 3 to 350 for 8 from the 50 overs.
Four bowlers had two wickets each for Gele, Garnett 2 for 56, Owen Lynam 2 for 59, Higgins 2 for 95 and Luke Sellers took 2 for 8.
From 16 without loss Abergele lost wickets at regular intervals, taking up 39.1 overs and being bowled out for 117, only 3 players making it to double figures.
Opener Ben Garnett top scored with 40, including 5 fours, before he was the 5th wicket to fall, caught by Mark Edmondson from the bowling of Jason Weaver.
Sam Painter made 24, caught Greg Smithies, bowled Sam Williams and Gareth Edwards scored 22 until he became the first of 5 wickets for Sion Hughes, who polished off the visitors’ innings with 5 for 29 from 7.1 overs, all bowled.
Jason Weaver also did well with 3 for 23 from 7 overs.
Opening bowler Edmondson did good work at the start, sending down 12 overs for just 19 runs, taking the wicket of David Williams, caught by the keeper Geraint Jones, while Willams had 1 for 40 from 12 overs.
Herbert, who did not bowl, also held a catch, but his 140 will be remembered as the highlight of the day in Dolgellau’s 233 run victory.
ABERGELE Seconds had a comfortable 10 wicket win over visiting Dolgellau Seconds on Saturday in the North Wales Seconds West.
Dolgellau’s decision to bat first did not work out well as they were bowled out for a lowly 61 in 34.4 overs.
Opener Doug Hughes made 14, Dan Williams 10, skipper Richard Rees 9, and Dave Jenkins 9. Shrisha Shenay was the chief destroyer, to return the outstanding figures of 9 overs, 6 maidens, 4 wickets for 6 runs.
He was supported by Rick Ashby, 2 for 6 from 8.4 overs, Rajeev Metri 2 for 20 and Ryan Clifford 1 for 27.
Abergele cantered to a 10 wicket victory in 12.4 overs.
Vibin Nair, 31 not out, and Shenay, 26 not out, secured their maximum 15 points.