MOCHDRE moved up to second in the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division standings with a 25-run home success over Brymbo.

Adverse weather meant the game was reduced to 20 overs after approval from both sides, with the title hopefuls emerging victorious to move them eight points ahead of Menai Bridge and 14 behind pacesetters Bangor.

An unbeaten half century knock from skipper Matty Humphreys was the highlight of the home side’s time in the middle, with the batsman once again demonstrating his class to contribute 53 not out from just 56 balls.

The captain is now averaging an incredible 74.45 from his 18 innings’ so far this term, which has seen him score 819 runs at a strike rate of 63.3.

Other double figure scores came from Alex Davies and Gareth Goodson, who contributed 24 and 14 respectively, but no other home batsman managed to achieve this feat as they posted a total of 116-5 from their allotted overs.

Gareth Boys was the pick of the visiting bowling attack, claiming three wickets for the loss of 31 runs from a five-over spell.

The away side were unable to reach their required milestone despite a score of 43 from opener James Claybrook, leaving them on 91-7 in reply.

Goodson and Humphreys made a huge impact with a pair of scalps apiece for the combined expense of 43, with Russ Boswell and Stewart Williams also getting in on the act with a wicket each to further bolster their side’s championship prospects.

Mochdre’s fairy tale season now has a very realistic chance of ending with silverware, and they will look to continue their positive momentum during their trip to a dangerous Gresford outfit on Saturday.