IT was a mixed weekend for Colwyn Bay following another busy two days of league and cup action.

Sion Morris’ men put in a valiant effort before eventually falling to a 54-run home loss to Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division rivals Rainhill, but they bounced back impressively to secure a Welsh Cup northern section semi-final berth thanks to a 1-2-run win over Llay Welfare at Penrhyn Avenue.

Saturday’s league contest saw the visitors post a target of 210-7 declared after 51 overs at the crease, with Anuj Dal producing a standout knock to finish the day unbeaten on 121 from just 137 deliveries.

He was aided at the other end of the crease by opener Phil Veacock, who made 31, with other double-figure scores coming from Reece Davies (20), Qaiser Ashraf (15) and James Clarke (12).

Overseas star Saliya Jeewantha was the pick of the Bay bowlers, taking three wickets for the loss of 60 runs, with veteran spinner Paul Jenkins also claiming three scalps at the expense of 70.

The hosts did mange to make a fight of it before faltering late on, making 156 all out in reply with George Johansen top scoring with a 30 knock.

Adam Campion and Jeewantha scored 22 and 23 respectively as Ashraf recorded figures of 3-49.

Sunday’s cup tie saw the Bay post a formidable total of 234-1 from their 40 overs, with the opening duo of Zack Gidlow and Morris putting on an astonishing 215 for the first wicket due to a sensational partnership.

Gidlow was at his brilliant best on his way to an unbeaten 91, with the skipper reaching 114 until he was stumped off a David Phennah delivery.

The home side continued their fine form in the field to ensure they prevent their opponents from getting anywhere near their required total as Llay were eventually skittled for 132.

Matt Russell led the way with an exceptional eight-over spell that ended with the bowler securing six wickets for the loss of just 30 runs.