BANGOR fell to second spot in the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division standings despite securing a three-wicket triumph at Brymbo.

The title hopefuls were made to work hard for their latest success, but managed to secure 11 points for their efforts, that saw them dethroned at the summit thanks to Menai Bridge’s maximum-point win over Gresford.

Jonny Wells got the visitors off to a flyer by taking out the opening duo of Gareth Pugh and Mohamed Jayman for 27 and 29, with Franco Kasner also making an impact early on with the prized scalp of skipper James Claybrook for two.

The talented all-rounder was in mesmerising form with the ball once again, removing Gareth Boys (19), Daniel Monk (0) and Wayne Smith on his way to figures of 4-24 from a nine-over spell.

Nadeem Rehman also continued his excellent recent form with the wickets of Shashika Meistry (24), Daniel Parry (16) and Joss Roberts (0) to take his tally to 3-24 as the hosts set a target of 139 all out from 40 overs in the middle.

Despite losing gifted teenager Owen Reilly (7) to a Smith delivery during the opening exchanges, David Winter and Idrees Ijaz got them back on track before both were despatched by Boys and Jayman for 45 and 22 respectively.

Rehman and Kasner did not replicate their form with the ball at the crease and became Jayman’s latest victims for a duck and one, and there was further cause for concern from a visiting perspective when Robbie Marshall (10) and Sion Evans (3) were ousted cheaply.

That was as good as it got for the home side, with Michael Hughes finishing the day unbeaten on 29 to get them over the line, and Matthew Haswell was also there at the end with 15 not out to secure success after 37 overs of play.

Bangor will look to regain supremacy this Saturday during their home clash with St Asaph.