MOCHDRE secured promotion to the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division thanks to a dramatic final day tie at home to Bethesda.

The winner-takes-all clash between the two sides was severely hampered by the weather, which reduced the encounter to a 20-over affair that brought with a pulsating end to proceedings.

Kyle Brown got the hosts off to a fantastic start with the early wicket of Kyle Brown for a duck, with Russ Boswell also getting in on the act soon after with the prized wicket of wicketkeeper Nicholas Parry after the talented batsman contributed 16.

Home skipper Matty Humphreys removed Ioan Roberts for one during a dominant spell, but a standout knock from Matthew Harrrington got Pesda back in contention during a crucial stage of the innings.

The opener was in outstanding form and hit nine boundaries on his way to 69 before he was eventually caught off a Scott Brown delivery, and a 17 score from captain Jonathan Williams enabled the away side to set a target of 115-4 from their allotted time in the middle.

Things looked good for the hosts despite losing opener Stewart Williams (13) to an Andrew Day strike, with a strong partnership from Steve Smith (37) and Humphreys (30) putting them in pole position before they were ousted from the crease by Harrington and Roberts.

This was not followed up by James French, who was dismissed by Dewi Roberts for one, and although an unbeaten 11 from Adam Buckley gave the home side a fighting chance heading into the final delivery, they could not get the necessary runs required to win and shared the spoils in a thrilling contest.

The result saw Mochdre pip Bethesda to the all-important second position, with Pontblyddyn crowned champions.