COLWYN Bay were unable to cause a stir at the Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division summit as they were beaten by eight wickets at home to Bootle.

The basement dwellers were no match for the league leaders at Penrhyn Avenue on another disappointing day at the office, and the result leaves Sion Morris’ side 13 points adrift of safety with four games remaining ahead of their home clash with third-placed Northern on Saturday.

A disappointing start in the middle saw Zack Gidlow and Ryan Westwell removed for two and nine, with Henry Ramsden also out cheaply when he was caught off a William Purser delivery after contributing just three.

Things improved considerably thanks to a stunning century partnership from overseas player Saliya Jeewantha and wicketkeeper Mike Littler, who put on 105 for the fourth wicket before the former was eventually removed by Keith Barker on 63.

Littler following him back to the pavilion soon after for 65 when he was clean bowled by Barker, who also took the scalps of Will Higginson (5) and Paul Jenkins (5) on his way to figures of 5-55 from a 15-over spell.

This left the home side all out on 180 from 53 overs at the crease, and their run defence got off to a good start when veteran spinner Jenkins took out the dangerous duo of Michael Farrell and Samuel Kershaw for 25 and one respectively.

That was as good as it got for the Bay, who had no answer to the partnership of Will Hale and Vishal Tripathi, who demonstrated their quality to ensure they reached their required target with minimal fuss and without losing another wicket.

Hale was in relentless mood throughout his innings and finished the day unbeaten on 103 from 121 deliveries, and Tripathi was also there at the end on his way to 47 not out.