IT was a day for batsmen at Ystrad Road on Saturday.

Almost 450 runs were scored when Denbigh 2nds played host to Brymbo 2nds in North Wales Cricket League action and it was the visiting side who eventually claimed the bulk of the points on offer in a 12-3 split.

While the top order proved to be the main stars of Brymbo's effort, it was the lower and middle order who spearheaded a Denbigh recovery.

Batting first, Brymbo will have been delighted to have reached an imposing 249-6 from their 45 overs.

The visitors put themselves in a strong position to achieve a sixth victory of the summer, with Dafydd Rhys (98), George Bourne (52) and Christopher Craven (28) their main scorers during the innings.

Sharing the wickets for the home side were John Lee Rowlands (2-32), Jon Eccles (2-43), Pete Lloyd (1-7) and David Schrimshaw (1-59).

Denbigh's reply didn't get off to the best of starts after tea and Danny Hopkins (11) was the only top order batsman to reach double figures.

Batting at number six, Pete Lloyd began his side's recovery with a knock of 38, while Will Rowlands added 14 to the chase.

Brilliant efforts from David Schrimshaw and Ian Hall, batting at number eight and nine respectively, took the final Denbigh tally close to 200.

Schrimshaw top scored with 68 not out and Hall ended up unbeaten on 49.

Opening bowlers Wayne Smith (3-23) and Ross Roberts (2-14) were in excellent form for Brymbo.