BRYMBO slumped to the bottom of the North Wales League Premier Division on Saturday after their mini revival came to an end with basement battle defeat at Hawarden Park.
Nigel Roberts (3-13) and James Claybrook (2-33) took the lion’s share of the wickets as Hawarden declared on 232-9 and then bowled Brymbo out for 179 (Stewart Williams 39).
Chirk were edged out at second-placed Bangor, who successfully chased down 213-9dec, just making it to 216-8 (Dave Kelshaw 4-37). Wicketkeeper Gareth Partridge (83) batted superbly for Chirk.
Defending champions Llay Welfare are back in pole position in Division One after their 32-run victory over Pwllheli. Captain Dave Phennah (43), Kris Salisbury (41) and Steve Partington (38) did most of the damage as Llay laid down 208-9dec and then halted their hosts on 176 (Phennah 3-25).
Previous pacesetters Marchwiel & Wrexham had to settle for a tie at home to Llandudno 2nds, who ensured honours ended even by finishing on 198-6 (Darren Bettis 2-34) in reply to 198-7dec. Skipper Nick Husbands (65) and Tim Newhouse (54) were in good nick for Marchwiel.
Gresford slipped behind the top two with a seven-wicket reverse to St Asaph, who cruised to 98-3 after skittling their visitors for 97 (Gareth Rowland 34).
Gwersyllt Park boosted their Division Three title challenge with an eight-wicket home romp over Bala. Park powered to 178-2 (Darren Jones 50no, Bryn Markham-Hones 50, Ian Pearson 40) after Bala tallied 177-4.
Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds went down by 59 runs at Buckley, who snaffled Owen Ward’s side up for 82 in response to their 141 total.
Brymbo 3rds were well beaten on Sunday by Shotton, who flayed 241-6 (Adam Smith 3-44) and then stopped the home team short on 137.
Llay Welfare 2nds remain the ones to catch in Division Four after their four-wicket win at home to Abergele 2nds on Saturday. Aber were polished off for 142 before the leaders fired 143-6.
Gresford 2nds stretched their advantage at the top of Division Five with a comfortable home success over Pwllheli 2nds. The Clappers Lane outfit eased to 116-2 (Steve Griffin 50no) after Pwllheli put on 115-8 (Nicky Clare 4-15, Matt Daulby 3-38).