A NUMBER of clubs managed to dodge the thunderstorms to get their campaigns in the Welsh Cup up-and-running.

North Wales League Connah’s Quay made it through to the next stage with their 12-run triumph at home to Liverpool Competition side Northop Hall.

Quay skipper Darren Leach won the toss and elected to make first use of the batting track and Mali Auty’s knock of 41 at the top of the order gave the hosts a decent start.

A fifth wicket stand of 104 between Tom Hooson and Brody Camp paved the way for Connah’s Quay to set a competitive 244 for seven from their 40 overs.

Camp struck 86 from 81 deliveries, with Hooson scoring 53 off 45 balls, with both batsmen being dismissed by Nathan Roett (3-36). Michael Williamson chipped in with a two for 14 return for Northop Hall, who were given a revised target of 151 from 27 overs.

Despite the best efforts of Cayo Jones (43) and Williamson (30 not out), time ran out with them on 138 for four. Camp completed a good all-round effort with two for 43.

Gwersyllt Park are also through on the back of their 86-run home triumph over Mold.

Looking for their first win of the summer, Park made the most of a 131-run second wicket partnership between Ethan McCarthy and Ralfie Challinor to make 258 for eight.

Leading the way was McCarthy, with 104 from 82 deliveries, as he struck 13 fours and four sixes.

Challinor contributed 44, as did Jake James, batting at number four.

Munowar Samsodien (4-26) was the pick of the attack for Mold, who replied with 172 all out later in the day.

Thomas North (58) and Samsodien (31 not out) were the leading scorers, as Neil Pearson (4-33) and Iroshan De Silva (2-38) impressed with the ball.

Brymbo, last season’s semi-finalists, and Gresford are also through, with scheduled opponents Pontblyddyn and Newtown conceding their ties.

Bangor defeated Denbigh by six wickets to progress, while an enthralling tussle between Mochdre and Colwyn Bay was halted by the rain.

Mochdre’s innings yielded 212 for six, thanks to Joe Chaplin (70) and Matty Humphreys (57).

Chester Boughton Hall’s National Club Championship run came to an abrupt end as they were battered by 197 runs at Barnt Green. The Bromsgrove-based hosts blasted their way to 318 for six off 40 overs.

Skipper Jack Williams and Jake Wundke took two wickets each while Josh Leach (37) top scored in Hall’s 121 all out.

North Wales over-50s lost out by six wickets in their clash with Shropshire Seconds.

Jon Eccles (66) top scored in North Wales’ 144 all out (Mark Jones 4-30), while Shropshire responded with 146 for four (Edward Keenan 52). Chris Boden, Simon Harrison and Graeme Bell shared the wickets.

North Wales are next in action on Thursday, May 23 when they have home advantage against Warwickshire Thirds.