UNBEATEN Conwy opened up a 28-point gap at the North Wales Cricket League First Division summit with a narrow 16-run win at Ruthin.

The promotion hopefuls made hard work of their latest success after failing to post a triple-figure score for the home side to chase down, but a standout bowling display got them over line to extend their 100 per cent start to the season.

The visitors managed just 93 all out from their 36 overs at the crease, with Jonathon James Davies top scoring with a patient knock of 31 from 71 deliveries.

Evan Williams was the only other member of the batting order to contribute a double-figure score after making 18, and Sandeep Anantharaman was the pick of the home bowling attack on his way to five wickets for the loss of 22 runs.

The in-form visitors displayed their talent and resolve in the field to emerge from the contest with the narrowest of victories, restricting Ruthin to 77 all out from 29 overs of play.

Influential all-rounder Shaun Davies was in brilliant form throughout on his way to figures of 4-17 from a 12-over spell, with Gareth Thomas claiming three scalps for the loss of just seven runs from a hugely impactful two overs.

Another valuable contribution came from Stan Senior, who posted 2-29, and Graham Meredith further aided his side’s cause with a solitary victim.

The early season title favourites entertain Bethesda on Saturday, who have showed glimpses of promise during an inconsistent start to the campaign.