A CENTURY from skipper Sion Morris helped Colwyn Bay secure a draw at Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division rivals Formby.

The captain picked up where he left off after a standout knock in their Welsh Cup tie against Mochdre on Friday evening, giving the Bay some much-needed points in their bid to avoid the drop.

They currently sit second from bottom in the standings and 31 points behind Southport and Birkdale ahead of their next outing at home to basement dwellers Lytham on Saturday.

Despite losing opener James Seward to a lbw decision from the hands of Saliya Jeewantha for nine early on, the hosts immediately took control of proceedings thanks to a superb partnership from Ollie Sutton and Tatenda Talibu.

The duo put on 126 for the second wicket before Sutton was caught off a Paul Jenkins delivery on 52, but Talibu fared fare better during a masterful innings to end the day unbeaten on 144, which included no fewer than 17 boundaries and came off just 156 deliveries.

Adam Campion (2-71) picked up a pair of valuable wickets in the form of Sam Oldham (5) and Jason Underwood (19) to give his side a fighting chance, with the home side declaring on 259-4 from 40 overs.

Bay got off to a moderate start thanks to knocks of 20 and 25 from Zack Gidlow and Henry Ramsden, but concerns grew larger after George Johansen was despatched for a duck by Sutton.

Morris and Campion showed their resolve following the setback, with the experience pair attaining an incredible 163 partnership before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by Elliot Ketteringham.

The Bay skipper was a far sterner proposition to remove and hit 15 boundaries during his time at the crease, but he played a Ketteringham strike into the hands of Ben Aitchinson after scoring 109 from 138 balls.

This ensured a nervy end to proceedings, with Jeewantha and Ryan Westwell unable to secure the necessary runs to secure victory as the away side made an impressive 253-7 in reply.