GRESFORD SECONDS held their nerve to record a thrilling two-run triumph over Mold seconds in an enthralling Division Two contest.

Seven days after being bundled out for an unlucky 13 in their meeting with leaders Brymbo, Gresford fared better with the bat as they made 131 all out.

Skipper George Morris (31) and opener Gez Jones (29) led the way, while Keith Embleton (3-16), Henry Roberts (3-18) and Oliver Jones (3-45) impressed with the ball.

Mold still had nine deliveries remaining when they were all out for 129. John Williams (44) and Joseff Roberts (37) spear-headed the chase, while Freddie Clegg grabbed 4-23.

Front-runners Brymbo seconds stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games via a 74-run verdict at St Asaph seconds.

Craig Morse (50 not out), Joss Roberts (47) and Fraser Smellie (31) were important figures in Brymbo’s 177 for five.

Roger Cloete secured two wickets for the Saints, who were then dismissed for 103. Gareth Pugh snaffled a stunning 5-8 return from 5.2 overs.

Carmel & District were defeated by 71 runs during their trek to high-flying Bangor seconds, who were able to set 148 for three (Sohaib Khan 53, Peter Jones 43, Connor Hughes 2-24).

Ryan Roberts (22) was the leading light in Carmel’s effort of 77 (Hari Williams 2-0).

Bersham got the better of Pontblyddyn seconds by 28 runs in a rain-reduced contest.

Although they lost both of their openers for ducks, Bersham did battle their way to 150 all out (Maneesha Ayomal Nissanka 66, Suresh Lakmal Koswaththage 58, Osian Jones 3-29).

There was an amended target of 123 from 30 overs for Pontblyddyn, whose response ended on 94 for nine (Ethan Roberts 29, Nissanka 3-15, Sujeesh Vazhadan 3-23).

Connah’s Quay seconds boosted their Division Three title aims courtesy of an 11-run triumph at Conwy seconds.

Chris Boden’s knock of 32 in the middle order was an important one as Quay reached 140 (David Owen 4-32).

Carwyn Thomas (55 not out) and Graham Heath (32 not out) impressed for Conwy, but the Quay bowlers restricted their hosts to 129 for five.

Boden and Andy Tilley secured a pair of wickets apiece.

It was also a victorious day for Mynydd Isa & Maeshafn, who got the better of hosts Llandudno seconds by a healthy 52-run margin.

Venkat Sundaram (3-3) and Prasad Jadhav (3-10) ensured that Llandudno’s effort was halted on 75.

Earlier in the day, the visitors got to 127 for eight (Stuart Applewhite 22).

Ruthin remain as favourites to take the title on the back of their seven-wicket success versus Caernarfon.

Scoring was an issue for the Gwynedd side, with their 40 overs yielding 83 for nine (Monis Altaf 30, Oliver Jones 3-3, Jonny Clayton 3-19).

Faced with a revised target of 74 from 34 overs, Ruthin eased to 75 for three (Llyr Erddyn Davies 3-15).

Second-placed Corwen lost out by 16 runs in their home clash with Denbigh, who sit third.

Daniel Nixon (59) and Jon Eccles (33) helped Denbigh to 200 for six (Simon Harrison 3-37), while Corwen’s reply realised 184 (William Pooler 36no, Aminul Sany 36, Eccles 3-18, Simon Williams 3-26).

Brymbo will host St Asaph this evening in the second leg of the Flintshire knockout final.

The Saints - boosted by a brilliant 66 from Nathaniel Scott in the first leg - hold a 157-112 advantage.