RUTHIN slipped to the bottom of the North Wales Cricket League Division Two rankings following a home defeat versus Vale of Clwyd rivals St Asaph Seconds.

It was carnival day in Ruthin, but it was the Saints who were in the mood to celebrate following a comfortable 77-run triumph.

Batting first, St Asaph were able to set 183 for seven from their 40 overs.

Skipper Ben Murphy was central to the innings as he struck 98 not out at the top of the order.

Gareth Jones (28) and Elliot Morris (13) also did well, as Jonny Clayton picked up 4-50 for Ruthin.

There was a wicket apiece for Osian Roberts, Richard Henderson and Jac Evans.

Evans then struck 49 as Ruthin were all out for 106 in the 32nd over.

Captain Jamie Hughes added 14 to the chase, as Roger Cloete (4-13) and Mike Thompson (4-21) were superb with the ball.

Elliot Goddard and Elliot Morris claimed a wicket each.