IT was always going to be a tricky proposition for St Asaph when they headed to North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title chasers Bangor.

A powerful bowling display from the Gwynedd side maintained their championship hopes and a nine-wicket margin of victory saw them go back to the top of the standings.

Everything went against the Saints on the day, including the fact that they lost the toss.

A quintet of St Asaph batsmen did enjoy decent starts to their innings, but none of them went on to reach 20 as the ball remained mightier than the bat.

Opener Mathew Ryan struck 13 for St Asaph before he was bowled by Michael Hughes (1-22).

The biggest partnership of the innings was 24, put together by Daniel Williams (17) and Danny Ryan (12) for the fourth wicket.

Although Alex Baker (12) and Dominic Haynes (10) reached double figures later in the innings, St Asaph were eventually bowled out for 86 in the 32nd over.

Bangor's top bowlers were Christopher Dawson (4-13), Owen Reilly (2-17) and Franco Kasner (2-32).

The home side would have been targeting a maximum points haul when it was their turn to take to the crease, but these hopes were dashed when David North (1-25) bowled opener David Winter.

That would turn out to be the only bright spot for St Asaph during the second portion of the afternoon and Bangor reached a winning 87-1 in the 26th over of their innings.

Impressive figures with the bat were opener Owen Reilly (43 not out) and Nadeem Rehman (35 not out).