LLAY 115-3

NELSON wasn't kind to Ruthin in their first North Wales Cricket League match of the summer.

Following their thrilling promotion last time out, Ruthin opened their Division One programme via a home meeting with Llay.

A 111 total is seen as unlucky in the sport and so it proved for the Memorial Park Fields hosts on the day.

Ruthin decided to bat first after winning the toss but an early wicket soon had Llay on the front foot.

William Jones was the star performer with the bat from Ruthin's perspective, courtesy of his knock of 36.

There were also decent starts from the likes of Olly Davies (14), Michael Parton (11) and Murray Whitehead (11), but the hosts eventually found themselves being dismissed for 111 in the 47th over.

Nathan Humphreys (4-34) and Jack Aplin (2-8) were the chief wicket-takers for the visitors.

There were also wickets picked up by Ethan Griffiths (1-13), Tom Parry (1-12), Jack Parry (1-11) and Tom Crewe (1-31).

After tea, there was a window of opportunity for Ruthin when they managed to reduce their opponents to 25-2.

Sion Hughes grabbed both of these wickets to keep the home side in the hunt, but a 68-run stand for the third wicket effectively sealed Llay's success.

This was put together by Chris Woodcock (42 not out) and John Lloyd (22).

Sion Hughes ended this partnership to finish with figures of 3-36, but Llay would eventually ease to a winning 115-3 in the 34th over of their innings.

When the dust had settled, Ruthin had to be satisfied with two points, while Llay went away with 13 points.