LLAY WELFARE claimed the bragging rights as they defeated Gwersyllt Park by four wickets in Group B.

The Wrexham-based duo went head-to-head at The Ring, hosts Llay taking the initiative as they won the toss and bowled Gwersyllt out for just 112.

In-form Lewis Cole added 35 to his total, while Lee Beer (23) and Jake James (18) helped Gwersyllt to three figures as Jack Billington claimed 5-30 and Jack Aplin bagged 3-14.

Llay, who went into the contest on the back of successive defeats, saw Jack Parry carry his bat with an unbeaten 48, the opener supported by David Wright's 14 not out after Gwersyllt skipper James took 5-24 to give his side a sniff of victory.

Gareth Boyes and Mohamed Nilam Jayman combined to help spin Brymbo to a six-wicket home victory over Northop.

The duo picked up three wickets apiece, including the key scalps of Chris Brooks (33) and Matthew Williams (22), to bowl Northop out for just 120.

New-ball pair Dan Parry and Joseph Norman took two wickets each for Brymbo, who reached 122 for four with nine overs to spare.

David Blackwell saw Brymbo home with a 39-ball unbeaten 35, after skipper James Claybrook (29) and Connor Davies (25) had contributed vital runs.

Gresford were also victorious as they secured a 38-run success against visiting Denbigh.

There were half centuries apiece from Matthew Cree (53) and Matthew Thompson (51), while skipper Daniel Williams hit 35 and Gareth Bell struck 33 not out to help Gresford post a challenging 223 for six.

Denbigh's top-six all reached double figures, but found ways to get themselves out, before Jack Griffiths (32no) and Gethin Williams (28no) helped their side to 185 for six.

Buckley are up and running in Group C after they recorded a 69-run home success over Halkyn.

Samuel Edwards was the star of the show with the bat for Buckley, who won the toss, the opener hitting 71 to lead his side 142 for five.

And that proved to be more than enough for Buckley to claim victory as Jack Whitley (3-12), Rhys Jones (3-21), Will Norman (2-19) and Edwards (2-7) combined impressively with the ball.

Alex North (21) and captain Gareth Thomas (12) were the only Halkyn batsmen to score more than seven as they were bundled out for 73 inside 29 overs.

Carmel and District made it three wins on the spin as they came away from Mold with a three-wicket win.

Richard Crane (32), George Deniz (28), Isaac Allen (22) and Richard Deniz (21) helped Mold to 162 for nine, but it could have been so much better for the hosts, who were 76 for one.

Oliver Saynor, Jack Whitehouse and Ben Sim all took two wickets to wrestle back the initiative for Carmel, who claimed victory with nine balls remaining.

Daniel Sim struck 36, before Henry Davies struck a 34-ball unbeaten 36 of his own to see Carmel over the line after John Crane and Gareth Davies claimed two wickets apiece.

Connah's Quay are top of the table after they made it a hat-trick of victories by beating Abergele by 49 runs.

Skipper Tom Hooson hit 81 and Joshua Clarke added a 33-ball 38 as Quay posted 199 for eight having been invited to bat first.

Bennett duo Luke and Rob then took two wickets each to restrict Abergele to 150 for eight after the interval.

Marchwiel and Wrexham are still searching for their first win of the season after losing by 76 runs at Ruthin.

Nathan Williams (3-32), Anthony Morris (2-35) and Josh Williams (2-43) were in the wickets, but Ruthin still managed to post 196 after Harry Pooler hit an unbeaten half century.

George Forgrave struck 43 and Josh Williams added 19, but there was no support from elsewhere as Joshua Duckworth helped himself to 5-26 and Pooler claimed 3-25 to bowl Marchwiel out for 120.

Group E: Gwersyllt Park 2nds, Llay Welfare 2nds (Llay conceded); Northop 2nds 178-7, Brymbo 2nds 155; Pontblyddyn 2nds 108, Hawarden Park 2nds 110-4.

Group F: Connah's Quay 2nds 235-5, Abergele 2nds 144-9; Halkyn 2nds 129, Buckley 2nds 130-5; Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds 88, Ruthin 2nds 142.