A ROUSING performance in the field gave Colwyn Bay a fighting chance of survival on the final day of the Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division season this weekend.

The Penrhyn Avenue side managed to secure a pivotal seven-wicket home success over Wallasey thanks to a standout bowling display, but they head into their last game at Leigh knowing a win may not even be enough to secure their top flight status.

Sion Morris’ squad are currently second-from-bottom in the standings and sit 11 points behind Southport and Birkdale, who travel to Wallasey on what I sure to be a dramatic Saturday for all concerned parties.

Bay bowler Ryan Holtby tore through the top order during a devastating spell that saw him remove Daniel Beaver (18), Alex Eagles (3), Chris Davies (0) and Neil Cross (24), with the seamer also disposing of Josh Rylance (1) late on to secure a five-wicket haul for the loss of 45 runs.

Another valuable contributor for the hosts was evergreen spinner Paul Jenkins, who made the very most of his five over by helping himself to four victims at the expense of just one run to leave the away side all out for 71 after 23 overs of play.

Things did not go according to plan during the initial stage of Bay’s run chase, with the influential trio of Morris (7), Adam Campion (0) and Ryan Westwell (0) all despatched without making a significant impact on proceedings.

Any concern supporters may have had was quickly quashed by overseas player Saliya Jeewantha (42*) and Mike Littler (25*), who ensured the home side did not lose a single wicket as they reached their required total with plenty in hand.