A LACKLUSTRE batting display condemned Llanrwst to a narrow 28-run home defeat against Carmel and District.

The North Wales Cricket League Division One side restricted the visitors to just 114 all out from their 40 overs at the crease, with opener Dafydd Bailey hitting a superb 35 before he was skittled by Jack Hughes at a crucial time of the innings.

Opening partner and skipper Barry McGauty was another to post a double-figure score, but he was run out after making a promising 18, and wicketkeeper Ryan Roberts’ 17 was the only other score of note.

Leon Dorn was the pick of the home bowlers, helping himself to four wickets for the loss of 40 runs, with Berwyn Hughes claiming a pair of victims at the expense of 11.

Things looked promising for the Rwsters’ thanks to a good opening wicket stand by captain Aron Hughes and Jack Hughes, who made 23 and 24 respective before they were both removed by McGauty.

The same bowler was in ruthless mood throughout, taking out Berwyn Hughes (6), Joseph Guy (0) and Sam Roberts (0) on his way to figures of 5-22.

He was aided at the other end by Oliver Saynor, who also tore through the order and despatched Aled Hughes (3), Huw Williams (15), Alex Evans (2), Alwyn Williams (5) and Doran (0) to conclude his ten-over spell on 5-22, identical figures to partner in crime McGauty.

This proved to be the difference between the two sides as the hosts were all out for 86, and they currently occupy sixth place in the standings ahead of their visit to Hawarden Park on Saturday.