A STUNNING bowling display from overseas star Saliya Saman Jeewantha saw Colwyn Bay secure a 16-run triumph at Wallasey.

The all-rounder was at the top of his game to lead his side to a first Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division success of the season, leaving Sion Morris’ men 20 points adrift of safety ahead of their next outing at home to Leigh on Saturday.

Despite the eventual result it was another indifferent performance with the bat from the Bay, which saw them post a target of 119 all out from 47 overs in the middle.

George Johansen was a stubborn presence to record a top score of 33 from 86 deliveries, with opener Mike Littler trapped lbw by Sumit Ruikar after making 18.

Only Ryan Westwell (10), Adam Campion (15) and Will Higginson (11) made it into double-figures thereafter as Ruikar claimed four wickets for the loss of 34 runs.

Greg Beaver also made a significant impact with the ball, claiming four scalps at the expense of just nine runs from a blistering six-over spell.

This was exceeded in exceptional fashion by Jeewantha, who tore through the order to claim the wickets of Kuran Makol (4), Dan Beaver (18), Harry Meehan (20), Greg Beaver (4) and Rukar (23) during a devastating spell with the new ball.

He continued this trend throughout his spell, disposing of Alex Eagles (0), Chris Davies (0), Andrew Ward (3) and Jack Leckey (20) to end a scintillating 18 overs with astonishing figures of 9-39.

Jeewantha’s efforts proved to be the difference between the two sides, with veteran spinner Paul Jenkins claiming the other wicket late on to ensure the hosts were skittled for 103.

The performance is similar to that of former Bay overseas player Shrikant Mundhe, who became the first Liverpool Competition Premier League bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings during his time at the club in 2016.