MENAI BRIDGE underlined their title credentials after they battled to a 70-run win over Mold.
Bridge extended their lead over rivals Llanduno to 19 points in the North Wales Cricket Premier Division, with just five games remaining, with yet another impressive outing.
After deciding to bat first, Bridge set about posting an imposing total through captain Bobbie Jones, who was eventually dismissed for 64. Gethin Roberts’ useful 42 innings was added to by Nathan Goodnight and Tom Hull, as the Anglesey side eventually declared on 218-9 from 50 covers.
Mould gave a spirited challenge in reply, but were kept in check by some efficient Menai bowling.
Gerallt Roberts claimed 3-36, while Andrew Wannop and Ashley Wood bolstered the attack by taking two wickets apiece, as Mould were eventually overcome for 148 runs.
BANGOR’S relegation worries continue after they suffered a 53-run loss against Connahs Quay.
The home bowlers were unable to pose a significant danger to the Quay batsman, as they declared on 204-5 from 50 covers.
City batsman gave a spirited account of themselves, with Liar McCann’s 24 and Robert Marshall’s 27 providing support to Matthew Jackson, who was eventually dismissed for 38 runs.
Ultimately, Bangor were outplayed in all departments, as they were unable to put together a match-saving innings, eventually bowled out for 151.
MENAI BRIDGE 2NDS were outgunned by Halkyn as they fell to an eight-wicket defeat.
Menai posted a respectable total of 205, with Cefyn Owen (45) and Andy Sketch (38) ably supported by John Davies (36) and Dijon Owens (34).
The Halkyn batsman proved ruthless however, as opener Marcello Carrizo’s 103 highlighted. The visitors eventually reached their target of 207 after just 43.3 covers, with the fall of just two wickets.
COLIN MEEK produced a superb 82 innings to inspire Bangor 2nds to a 22-run win over Llandudno 2nds.
Simon Evans also weighed in with 31, as City reached 187-8 from their allocated covers.
Bangor bowless were determined to push through their advantage, and David Hughes’ figures of 4-28 helped restrict Tudno to 165 all out.
BODEDERN rose to second in Division Two with an emphatic 9-wicket win over a depleted Bersham side.
Bersham, who had just seven players, posted a total of 72 all out from just 29.4 covers, with Garth Thomas (2-6), Leighton Williams (2-14) and James Jones (1-28) doing the damage.
The home batsman eased to the target in reply, with John Jo Roberts’ 35 sealing victory.
BETHESDA suffered a bad day at the office, as they went down to a 236-run defeat by Gwersyllt Park.
Gwersyllt’s batsman were in fearsome form, with Darrel Jones (102) and Colin Jones (99), totting up a towering score for Pesda.
Bethesda failed to come up with a response to the onslaught, with Ben Parker’s knock of 10 the only double-figure innings the batsman could muster.
The collapse ended on 52 runs, from 23.1 covers.
ANGLESEY ALUMINIUM’S poor campaign continued with a 7-wicket defeat by Bala.
Having posted just 54 all out from 24 covers, the Anglesey attack were unable to pull victory from the jaws of defeat, as Balas eased to their target in 19.1 covers.
Other results - Division Four: Menai Bridge 3rds beat Llandudno 3rds by 33 runs.
Division Five: Bethesda 2nds beat Corwen by 292 runs; Bodedern 2nds beat Ruthin 2nds by 9 wickets.
Fixtures - Saturday August 18 - Premier Division: Menai Bridge v Brymbo; St Asaph v Bangor.
Division One: Bangor 2nds v Pontblyddyn 2nds; Llanrwst v Menai Bridge 2nds.
Division Two: Abergele v Bodedern; Bethesda v Connahs Quay 2nds.
Division Three: Anglesey Aluminium v Mynydd Lisa.
Division Four: Castell Alum v Menai Bridge 3rds.
Division Five: Bodedern 2nds v Castell Alum 2nds; Gwersyllt Park 2nds v Bethesda 2nds.