Former Prestatyn player brings Aussie tourists to town

Reporter:

David Mullahey

A TOURING Australian cricket squad enjoyed revenge over their Prestatyn hosts when they triumphed in two T20 matches at Beach Close.

The Gillespie Sports Cricket Academy from Adelaide, beaten on their first visit to North Wales in 2015, won their under-16s game by 80 runs before enjoying a 21-run victory in an under-19 clash.

Cooper Luke top scored with 69 as the Aussie U16s set a daunting total of 196-3 in their 20 overs.

The Prestatyn innings never really had any impetus with wickets falling at regular intervals, Isaac Allen (36) the hosts’ top scorer in their 116.

The U19s game was a much closer affair, the visitors reaching 179-2 off their 20 overs, with skipper James Nicolson hitting 112 off just 61 balls.

Prestatyn were up with the run rate in their reply, thanks to a great opening partnership between Sheil Sethi (92) and Matty Edwards (43), but once both had been dismissed, the innings tailed off, especially after losing three wickets to run-outs in very quick succession.

The innings closed on 158-6 as Nicolson followed up his century with a couple of wickets with his off-spin.

The tourists – managed by Paul Tregloan, who was Prestatyn’s first Australian professional in 1985 – will go on to play matches in Leeds, Nottingham and London and are scheduled to return to Prestatyn in 2019.

Email:

david.mullahey@nwn.co.uk

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