COLWYN Bay picked up a deserved win on their travels at Rainford to conclude their Liverpool and District Cricket League Premier Division fixtures.

The Penrhyn Avenue side finished comfortably above the drop zone after a fine end to the campaign which ended with a 46-run victory away from home against the relegated hosts.

Things looked bleak for the visitors after losing Will Higginson (13), George Johansen (7), Dimeth Hewathanthree (9) and Adam Campion (4) during a difficult early period of the innings, with Mike Littler faring no better after he was skittled by Andrew Davies for a duck.

Opener Zak Gidlow was caught off a John Dotters delivery after contributing 29 to the score, and Ryan Holtby turned in a sensational innings at a crucial time to end the day unbeaten on 52.

Bay skipper Sion Morris came in at number ten and hit a valuable 40 before becoming Dotters’ latest victim on his way to figures of 5-42, but this enabled the away side to declare on a competitive 178-9 from 49 overs at the crease.

Things began well for Bay’s run defence as Campion and Holtby ousted the opening pair of Matthew Bailey (13) and Paul Farrar (4) in quick succession, and after Comrey Edgeworth and Reece Kelly provided some resistance both were sent back to the pavilion by Paul Jenkins on 48 and 33 respectively.

Jenkins, who The Pioneer understands is contemplating retirement after a standout career, also helped himself to the wickets of Matthew White (1), Mark Brook (1), Ravi Mastry (0) and Daniel Houghton to end a stunning ten over spell on 6-37.

This proved to be the difference between the two sides, and Campion took his tally to 3-52 with two more scalps late on as the hosts made 312 all out in reply.