North Wales Police Challenge Shield

September 10, 2018

Budding Cricketers from across North Wales came together to battle it out in the final of the North Wales Police Challenge Shield, an event which has become embedded into the junior cricketing calendar.

The annual competition, which is now in its 16th year, was again supported by the Police and Community Trust (PACT) who donated over £200 towards the event. The finals day, which is police sponsored and run in conjunction with the Cricket Board of Wales, was played at Mochdre Cricket Club on Sunday September 9th.

The day started with the Under 11’s final between Eryri Regional League winners Mochdre Cricket Club and North East Regional winners Brymbo Cricket Club. The match itself was a true nail biter going down to the final ball; resulting in success for Brymbo.

This was followed by the Under 13’s game which saw Colwyn Bay Cricket Club take on their opposites at Buckley cricket club.  A powerful batting performance proved to be the difference between the two teams and Buckley proved worthy winners, building on the success in the under 11 category last year.

The final game was the under 15 final which was between the hosts Mochdre and Gwersyllt Cricket clubs. A solid batting display and some inspired bowling proved to be the difference between the two teams and saw success for the Mochdre outfit.

“The day was once again a great success,” said Sergeant Neal Parkes, who co-ordinated the tournament,. “The weather Gods shined on us and aside from a short rain stoppage in the first game, the day stayed dry for the remaining two games. There was even some beautiful autumnal sunshine in the under 13 final!”

He added: “Credit should go to the volunteers/committee at Mochdre Cricket Club for providing superb facilities and preparing an excellent wicket for the day. A special mention should also go to the umpires for the day, Don Woollaston and Dave Jones as without their assistance, the day simply wouldn’t have happened.”