ST ASAPH trail Premier Division leaders Menai Bridge by four points at the halfway point of the North Wales Cricket League season.

The Saints, champions of North Wales last summer, kept their title hopes on track over the weekend via a comprehensive 103-run success at Pwllheli.

The toss was won by St Asaph skipper Will Ryan and his message back to the changing room was for the opening batsmen to don their pads.

St Asaph haven't lost when they have batted first this season and they were provided with a solid start to their effort courtesy of captain Ryan (41) and David Lloyd (42).

The duo compiled an opening stand of 73, but Pwllheli kept themselves interested as they then reduced their visitors to 95 for four.

St Asaph's innings was put back on track by a 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket that was put together by Jurie Norval (21) and Jason Foulkes.

Foulkes would proved to be key to the Saints getting beyond 200 as he top scored with an excellent 71 from 75 deliveries.

With Danny Ryan adding 16 in the lower order, St Asaph were bowled out for 228 in the final over of their innings.

Syed Kaleem Aslam (3-21) and Ioan Roberts (3-39) were the pick of the Pwllheli bowlers.

In reply, the Gwynedd side were soon in some trouble as they reached seven for three.

Foulkes and Gareth Goodson grabbed a wicket apiece, prior to a recovery that saw a 74-run fourth wicket stand between Christopher Taylor (59 not out) and Jason Underwood (39).

Once this was ended, St Asaph wasted little time in dismissing their opponents for 125 inside 30 overs.

Danny Ryan (5-37) was in brilliant form with the ball, well backed up by Jurie Norval (2-24).

Leaders Menai Bridge made it 11 wins from 11 matches this season with a 79-run outcome at Gresford.