A LACKLUSTRE display from Bethesda saw them fall to a nine-wicket home reverse at the hands of Llay Welfare.

The North Wales Cricket League Division One side were unable to recover from a disappointing batting display that played a huge role in their defeat, with the home side setting a modest target of 130 all out from 40 overs at the crease.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Parry was the standout performer on the day, hitting 62 off just 68 deliveries before he played a David Phennah delivery into the hands of Tom Parry.

Other double figure scores came from Carwyn Williams, who made a promising 23, with Jonathan Williams making 11 as the rest of the batting order was decimated by an impressive Llay attack.

Tom Crewe was the pick of the visiting bowlers, taking three wickets at the expense of 21 runs, with Phennah also claiming a trio of scalps for the loss of 31.

Despite losing opener and captain Nathan Humphreys early on when he was skittled by Williams on seven, the away side weathered the storm and saw out their innings in comfortable fashion to achieve victory after 33 overs of play.

Number three batsman Chris Woodcock was in no mood to hang around and finished unbeaten on a ten-boundary 58, with Phennah rounding off a polished all-round performance with a stubborn 49 from 100 deliveries.

Pesda will be hoping for better fortune this Saturday when they host Llanrwst.