PONTBLYDDYN 2NDS 151-2

ST ASAPH 2NDS 147-5

ALL good things must come to an end.

St Asaph 2nds' weekend trip to Pontblyddyn 2nds saw the city side suffer their first defeat of the season.

It's been a terrific campaign for the Saints, who are favourites to claim the North Wales Cricket League Division Three title.

However, they were second best in their clash at Pontblyddyn, with the hosts eventually claiming an eight-wicket margin of victory.

Although they lost their unbeaten record, St Asaph remain strong favourites to claim the title.

They trail leaders Abergele 2nds by six points at present, but the second-placed Saints have two games in hand over their high-flying rivals, while they are 13 points clear of third-placed Mold 2nds.

Pontblyddyn won the pre-match toss and they opted to spend the early portion of the afternoon in the field.

This turned out to be a sound decision, with St Asaph struggling from the off.

With three of the top four being dismissed cheaply, recovery for the visitors was supplied by the middle order.

Number seven batsman Amer Jamil was the chief scorer courtesy of a fine unbeaten 55, while good support was supplied by the likes of Andrew Pierce (36 not out) and David North (25).

When St Asaph's 45 overs drew to a halt, they found themselves on 147-5.

Impressive with the ball for Pontblyddyn were Harry Williams (2-16), Cayo Jones (1-23), Luke Shaw (1-33) and George Forgrave (1-38).

There were no alarms or surprises for Pontblyddyn when it was their turn to respond.

The hosts reached a winning 151-2 in 34.1 overs to secure a 14-1 points win.

Tom Dawson (52), Mark Hughes (44 not out) and Dave Evans (29 not out) caught the eye with the bat.

Sharing the wickets for St Asaph were David North (1-14) and Amer Jamil (1-48).