MENAI Bridge narrowly missed on securing the ECB National Club Twenty20 - Group 4 Area title after a final defeat.

The North Wales Cricket League Premier Division side turned in another exceptional display in the face of some stern competition on Sunday before falling at the final hurdle, but the North Wales champions can take plenty of heart from their T20 campaign this summer.

They began the competition with a five-wicket victory over Checkley, who made 112-7 from their 20 overs as Dion Holden took two wickets for the loss of ten runs.

The Bridge skipper also played a leading role with the bat to finish with a top score of 38, and this was enhanced by 20 from Gethin Roberts as they reached their required target with just three balls to spare.

This set up a final clash against host side Toft, who managed to claim a convincing 159-run triumph over Bridge to secure the crown.

A superb 87 from 47 deliveries from Andrew Jackson, combined with 44 apiece from James Drummond and Ed Stubbs enabled Toft to post a formidable target of 207-6 from their allotted 20 overs, with Roberts finishing with figures of 2-26.

This was not matched by Bridge at the crease, with their batting order falling to 48 all out after just eight over of play.