MOCHDRE failed to inflict a first defeat of the season on table-topping Denbigh in a seven-wicket defeat on their travels.

The newly promoted North Wales Cricket League Premier Division side were unable to defend a moderate total against an in-form side who have hit the ground running to open the season, and they will be hoping for a better outcome this Saturday at home to Pontblyddyn.

The visitors were all out for 122 all out from their 44 overs in the middle, with skipper Matty Humphreys top scoring with an unbeaten 39 off 78 deliveries to continue his strong start to the campaign.

He eventually ran out of partners at the other end, with Gareth Goodson (31) and Stewart Williams (19) the only other batsmen to making a notable contribution to the overall total.

Denbigh captain Harrison Jones produced a fine 12-over spell that saw him finish with figures of 4-19, with Andy Clarke finishing with two wickets for the loss of 31 runs.

Things got off to a good start for the visitors in the field when opener Andy Thomas was run out by Humphreys after making 13, and there was further cause for celebration soon after when Russ Boswell trapped Tom Schrimshaw lbw for a golden duck.

Gerallt Lyall was a far sterner proposition to remove on his way to a stubborn 25 off 103 deliveries, and Jones matched his exceptional form with the bat to smash 51 not out off 98 balls.

His overall performance proved to be the difference between the two sides, with wicketkeeper Joe Clayton (11*) also there at the end as they reached their total for the loss of three wickets after 44 overs at the crease.