BETHESDA failed to cause a stir at the North Wales Cricket League Division One summit after they were beaten by seven wickets at Llay Welfare.

A disappointing time in the middle saw Pesda all out for 108 from 41 overs of play, with opener Jez Shea the only batsman to emerge from the contest with any credit with a knock of 31.

Just three other player made it into double-figures thereafter, with Carwyn Williams (18), Matthew Harrington (17) and Ashley Rowlands (11) all failing to build on promising starts.

The home bowling attack was led superbly by Nathan Humphreys, who claimed four wickets for the loss of 17 runs from an outstanding 12-over spell, and Jack Parry also made a big impression late on to finish with figures of 2-8.

Pesda bowler Mathew Buchanan tried to make things interesting with the new ball during the opening exchanges, taking the prized scalps of Parry and Chris Woodcock for 10 and 14 to finish the day on 2-27.

David Phennah proved a far sterner proposition to remove from the crease, with the opening batsman making 54 before he was eventually dismissed by Williams to enable his side to reach their required total after 32 overs.

Bethesda will look to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they visit Llanrwst.