Alec Lewis claimed remarkable figures of 4-0 with the ball as Denbigh heaped further misery on Division One strugglers Rhewl and in turn boosted their own promotion hopes.

Lewis, who bowled 20 balls having come on as first change, was able to take four wickets without conceding a run as Rhewl were skittled for just 42, extras top scoring with 13.

Gerallt Lyall (2-16), Gethin Williams (2-12), and Harrison Jones (1-3) were also among the wickets as Denbigh clinched a 197 run triumph.

The away side had posted 239-8 declared, overseas pro William Affleck top scoring with 60, while Ben Wilcox-Jones (35) and Stuart Griffiths (28) chipped in.
Northop came out on top in the Flintshire battle against Halkyn, grabbing a seven wicket success at Flint Road.

Halkyn once again failed to post a total sufficient to put Northop under any real pressure, the away side settling for 117-8 as Garry Lewis (3-14) and Mark Poynton (2-7) performed strongly with the ball.

Northop opener Darren Williams was the main man for his side with an important 76, while Andy Poynton added an unbeaten 28 as the home side reached the winning line inside 26 overs.

John Bell had yet another day to remember as his contributions with bat and ball helped leaders Gresford to a seventh victory.

Bell was claimed 4-10 from 13 overs as Bersham declared on 201-6, the seasoned all-rounder halting the away side’s progress with Neil Thomas (85 not out) and Bryan Walker (40 not out) well set.

Despite losing opening partner Alex Ellwood early on in the reply, Bell (73 not out) and Chris Ellwood (75 not out) saw Gresford home with six wickets to spare.

Llay Welfare remain in the chasing pack as they completed an 80 run triumph over basement outfit Marchwiel and Wrexham.

Virtually all of the Llay batsmen contributed as the hosts totalled 205-8 declared, Mike Phennah (45) and John Lloyd (39 not out) the main run scorers.

Dave Phennah then proved the main thorn in Marchwiel’s side with 5-29, while Damien Bryan claimed 3-14 as the away side slipped to 125 all out.

The stand out performance in the remaining games came from Jordan Kane who blasted an undefeated 176 from 120 balls in Llandudno 2nds 114 run success against Conwy.

Gwersyllt Park are into the Division Two promotion places following their convincing eight wicket romp over Pontblyddyn 2nds.

Jack Mason (37) and Andrew Massey (29) were the only bright notes of an disappointing innings from Pont, who were all out for 92 as Phil Huckridge took 5-25, Lee Beer 3-10,.

Ian Pearson grabbed the other two wickets before adding a brisk 32 not out and Wayne Evans scored 37 as Gwersyllt reached their target from just 23 overs.

Brymbo 2nds moved out of the relegation places with a four wicket home win over Northop 2nds, who replace them at the foot of the table.

Tom Allman was the biggest obstacle for Brymbo as he scored 56 for Northop, but once he had gone the home side were able to dismiss the visitors for 156, Adam Smith with 3-4.

Phil Wilkinson guided Brymbo towards victory with 82 and once he went Smith (17 not out) and Wayne Smith (15 not out) saw the Tan-y-Fron men home.

Nathan Aldridge’s 6-29 proved in vain as Corwen were beaten by three wickets at Dolgellau.

Having posted just 129-9 it was always going to require something special, and although Aldridge responded Dolgellau were able to sneak to victory.

In the other local game Carmel and District defeated St Asaph 2nds by 28 runs.

Richard Jones (49), Nick Washbrook (36), and Williams Loveland (31) all made starts as Carmel scored 189 before Michael Harrison took 4-20 to halt St Asaph on 161-9.

In Division Three, Hawarden Park 2nds kept their nerve to clinch a 14 run success over Shotton, who looked set to grab victory thanks to Marcel Carrino’s 96.

Park quickly found themselves in trouble at 40-4 as Andrew Lund claimed three early wickets, but Dave Hughes scored a crucial 64 with help from Rana Dey (33) to enable the away side to reach 188.

In reply, Carrino found the going good at the top of the order, although he was running out of partners as Jonathan Bellis (3-27) and Stuart Green (4-19) bowled tightly, and once Carrino had fallen to Bellis, Shotton were left stranded on 174.

The six points gained by Park proved crucial as fellow title chasers Buckley could only record four in their defeat by Castell Alun.

Mike Arden was the main man with a brilliant 7-29 as Buckley posted a challenging 211-9, Simon Nicholls (41), Ian White (39), and Phil Bradfield (39) in the runs.

Nicholls was intent on matching Arden, settling for a superb 6-28, although David Lloyd (73), Alistair McKay (42), and Matt Allen (27 not out) were able to see the away side home with just over three overs remaining.

Mold 2nds show no signs of letting up in their bid to make it a three way battle for promotion, grabbing their seventh win of the season at Mynydd Isa.

Nail Amos (30), John Gorman (28), and Nigel Page (26) got in and then got out as Isa totalled a challenging 142, Rob Moore (3-33), Keith Embleton (2-19), and Thomas Mitchell (2-20) the main wicket takers.

Try as they might Isa tried to make early inroads into the Mold batting line-up, but Moore (32), Adrian Forster (67 not out) and Mitchell (29 not out) saw the away team to victory,

Nadeemul Syed’s century for Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds went without reward as Llay Welfare 2nds grabbed a three wicket win.

Syed hit 104 of his teams 177-8, but he was left on the losing side as Steve Partington (60), Nathan Humphreys (49), and Dave Jones (25) helped Llay to success with two overs to spare.

Denbigh 2nds (208-4) moved up to fourth in the table thanks to a 24 run win over Ruthin (184).

Darren Nixon (57), David Roberts (41), and Dafydd Lewis (37 not out) were in the runs for Denbigh, while the latter claimed 3-10 with the ball as Ruthin fell to a narrow loss.

Corus Colors did their Division Four survival prospects no harm as they defeated hosts Bersham 2nds by 29 runs.

Jimmy Guy hit 55 of his teams 122 all out before Simon McCormick (3-15) and Nigel Collinge (2-9) starred with the ball as Bersham ended their run chase on 93 all out.

Elsewhere, Gresford 2nds were on the wrong end of a single wicket defeat at Conwy 2nds.

Ian Weaver (49), John Williams (25), and Steve Griffin (20) guided Gresford to 150 all out. Despite Dev Basu’s 4-30 and two wickets each from Gareth Bell and Richard Eccles, the visitors lost as Conwy’s lower order clung on.

Andrew Swarbrick’s superb 138 was the catalyst for Chirk 2nds 108 run Division Five triumph at Halkyn second string.

Swarbrick hit 19 fours during his innings, which was supported by Ben Hipkiss (52) and Ian Skinner (33 not out) as Chirk ended their allotted 45 overs on 278-5, Stephen Morrish with four of Halkyn’s wickets.

Jack Griffiths hit 57 for Halkyn as their reply faltered early on, but John Swarbrick (4-32) bowled miserly to restrict the home side on 170-9.

Buckley 2nds close the gap on second placed Llangollen by a further two points thanks to a two run triumph over their hosts.

Alyn Evans was the main run scorer for Buckley with 55 from their 133, before he took three wickets alongside Daz Wilcock (4-25) and Adam Shaw (3-44) as they held their nerve to leave Llangollen short of the victory line.

Corus Maeshafn lost control of Division Six as new leaders Llangollen 2nds picked up a six wicket away success.

Stuart Applewaite struck 53 of Corus’s 111 all out, and it proved to be too small a total as Llangollen reached the winning post after 46 overs, Tom Hall the pick of the attack with 2-31.

Jason Jones (4-15) and Matthew Scott (2-15) helped Corwen 2nds (98-6) to a victory over Rhewl 2nds (96), while Bodedern 2nds (90-1) defeated Shotton 2nds (89).

In the other game of the weekend Peter Harrison took 5-34 as Ruthin 2nds (126-5) overcame visiting outfit Anglesey Aluminium 2nds (124).