A BRILLIANT bowling display has kept St Asaph firmly in the picture for the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title.

The defending champions gathered an eight-wicket margin of victory from their trip to relegation threatened Mochdre to remain in touch with frontrunners Menai Bridge.

Dan Evans and Danny Ryan shone with the ball on the day as the Saints picked up 14 points and perhaps victory is tinged with disappointment that St Asaph failed to pick up maximum points.

Needing only 76 for success, the visitors lost two wickets during their chase, meaning one point slipped through their fingers.

Turning back to the early portion of the day and Mochdre skipper Matt Humphreys opted to make first use of the batting track after winning the toss.

Humphreys was the main star with the bat via his unbeaten knock of 42, but support wasn't forthcoming as Mochdre found themselves being bowled out for just 75 in 29 overs.

Dan Evans picked up three for 27 from his 10 overs, while Mathew Ryan's return was two for 14 from four overs.

Also in impressive form was Danny Ryan, who claimed 3-5 in four overs.

The remaining wicket went the way of Gareth Goodson.

The number 47 turned out to be an unlucky one for St Asaph during the second portion of the afternoon.

That was the team tally when opener Dan Evans departed for 14 and the total hadn't moved on when Mathew Ryan was out for 17.

Will Ryan (22 not out) and Nathanael Scott (10 not out) successfully guided the Saints through to a winning 79 for two inside 18 overs.

Claiming the wickets for Mochdre were Humphreys and Kyle Brown.

Menai Bridge recovered from their defeat to the Saints seven days earlier by beating hosts Pontblyddyn by 147 runs.