LLAY WELFARE made up ground on Division Two leaders Marchwiel and Wrexham after beating Gresford Seconds.

With Marchwiel’s clash at Mochdre seconds abandoned, second-placed Llay closed the gap to 31 points with a seven-wicket victory over Gresford.

Sam Burke top scored with 55 in Gresford’s 144 for six with Matthew Cross (4-22) the pick of the bowlers.

Openers Jacob Roberts (55) and Cross (34) laid the platform for success with Llay ending with 145 for three.

Marchwiel had posted 155 for seven when their game was halted, with Mochdre on 12 without loss.

Carmel & District lost by one wicket at Corwen after they were dismissed for 131, Danny Owens hitting 55 as Simon Harrison took 3-14.

It wasn’t enough as Corwen won with 134 for nine with Rob Storey (40) leading the way. Lee Rowles took 4-26.

Bangor Seconds (160 for five) in third triumphed by five wickets against Llanrwst (158).

Hawarden Park Seconds sit second in Division Three following their 15-run success at Connah’s Quay Seconds.

Haseeb Hanif Bikya top scored with 75 in Hawarden’s score of 161 for nine, Hashmat Safi (3-21) the pick of the bowlers.

Set a revised target of 114 from 40 overs, the Quay fell short on 98 for seven despite the best efforts of Jake Chare (30). Ahmed Javed returned brilliant figures of 5-15.

Hawarden are 23 points behind leaders Ruthin who won by nine runs in their meeting against Caernarfon.

Matthew Duckworth made 50 and Sion Hughes weighed in with 29 in Ruthin’s score of 172 for seven.

Set a revised target of 119 from 40 overs, Caernarfon just fell short on 109 for four with opener Monis Altaf finishing unbeaten on 72 as Jonny Clayton took two of the wickets.

Mold Seconds are up to fourth place following their 18-run win at home to Bethesda Seconds.

Opener Chris Boulton smashed a superb 108 in Mold’s 232 for seven, with Liam Roberts finishing unbeaten on 55. Dylan Hughes took 4-38.

Bethesda were dismissed for 214 in reply with Ashley Rowlands (53) and Sopan Patil (42) making a good fist of it as Henry Roberts claimed 3-37.

In Division Four, Corwen seconds conceded their game at Marchwiel and Wrexham Seconds and Mynydd Isa & Maeshafn’s match against Ruthin Seconds was abandoned.

Chirk Seconds are flying high at the top of the Shropshire League’s Division Seven.

Twenty points clear at the top, Connor Bailey (58) and Martin Wright (50 not out) helped Chirk put 213 for eight on the scoreboard at Pontesbury Seconds.

Man of the match Bailey followed it up with 4-38 as the hosts were dismissed for 159.

In Division Two of the Liverpool Competition’s Second XI, Northop Hall beat Norley Hall by one wicket.