A SENSATIONAL century from wicketkeeper Nicholas Parry guided Bethesda to a five-wicket win at bottom side Bersham.

The North Wales Cricket League Division One outfit were set an impressive target of 234-8 from the hosts’ allotted 50 overs in the middle, with skipper Suresh Lakmal Koswaththage producing a fantastic knock to end the innings with a top score of 88.

He was aided considerably at the other end by Amith Thilakarathne, who smashed ten boundaries on his way to 84, but only Jonath David (15) and Rishan Fernando (14) made it into double figures thereafter.

Richard Lee Williams, John Maloney and Jonathan Williams were the pick of the Pesda bowling attack, each claiming two wickets apiece.

The away side made a moderate start to life in the middle as Tim Jones removed the opening pair of Dewi Roberts (18) and Jez Shea (12) in quick succession, but captain Jonathan Williams steaded the ship with a stylish 44 until he was trapped lbw by Sultan Shoaib.

With the overall outcome hanging in the balance, Parry produced a knock of genuine quality to finish unbeaten on 128, which proved to be the difference between the two sides as the visitors reached their total with seven overs to spare.

Bethesda will look to take this positive form into next Saturday’s home clash against Gwersyllt Park.