FREE-FALLING Chirk boosted their North Wales League Premier Division survival prospects with a losing draw at Hawarden Park on Saturday.
In one of only a handful of games to be completed on a wet afternoon, Nick Flack’s side were up against it after Hawarden set 252-3dec. But a brilliant 98 from Jonathan Phillips and stubborn resistance by their tail ensured third-from-bottom Chirk held on at 189-9.
Second-from-bottom Brymbo remain a point behind their neighbours after their clash was abandoned at Llandudno, who were up to 148-4 (James Claybrook 3-38) and closing in on their target of 189 (Jamie Griffiths 77) when the heavens opened.
Rain cost Gresford a notable derby scalp of Llay Welfare in Division One.
Damian Bryan (83) let loose as the table-topping visitors declared on 201-8 (Arthur Thomas 2-10, Sean Richards 2-32, John Bell 2-43). The excellent Joe Benson (74) then gave Gresford a fighting chance of surpassing that total, only for the weather to curtail their innings on 182-7 (Kris Salisbury 3-40, Phil Bray 3-49) with 10 overs to play.
Proceedings also came to an abrupt end at Marchwiel and Wrexham, who put on 164-8dec (Nick Husbands 38; Daniel Williams 4-70) and then had neighbours Bersham at 97-5 (Nuwan Amarakoon 53no; Anthony Morris 2-41, Andrew Glover 2-44).
Brymbo 2nds went down by seven wickets at home to Llandudno 2nds, who successfully chased down 117 (Adam Meredith 29) when reaching 118-3 (Mohammed Sajid 2-20).
The inclement conditions put paid to Gwersyllt Park’s hopes of taking over at the top of Division Three with victory at pacesetters Hawarden Park 2nds.
On-fire Ian Pearson flayed 91 as Gwersyllt laid down 185-6 before the same player took 3-23 to leave Hawarden reeling on 113-7 (Lee Beer 3-42).
The downpours spared Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds defeat at Bala, who were up to 133-3 in reply to 145-7 (Adnan Khan 59, Rhys Ryder 43).
Brymbo 3rds hauled themselves off the foot on Sunday with a seven-wicket derby win over Castell Alun, who could not prevent the hosts from making it to 182-3 (Huw Thomas 74; Dewi Penrhyn-Jones 41) following 181-9 (Simon Brooman 61; Russell Penrhyn-Jones 5-31).