MOCHDRE picked up a notable scalp thanks to a three-wicket home victory over reigning North Wales Cricket League Premier Division champions Bangor.

An impressive performance with the ball played a leading role in the home side’s success, enabling them to triumph over a side who were getting their first taste of competitive action this summer.

Things began well for the hosts when Liam Herbert removed Welsh youth international Owen Reilly for 13, and Mike Humphreys clean bowled dangerous batsman Nadeem Rehman for 23 soon after.

The Bangor resistance came from the partnership of Tomos Davies and Robbie Marshall, who put on 50 and 60 respectively before they were sent back to the pavilion at the hands of Stewart Williams and Matthew Humphreys.

David Winter was crucially run out by Alex Davies on 13, and only Matthew Haswell (22) put up a notable scorer thereafter as the away side were all out for 138 with two balls remaining of their allotted innings.

The home bowling attack was led in impressive fashion by Kyle Brown, who claimed four scalps for the loss of just 18 runs, with five Mochdre players taking a wicket each.

Their run chase began in concerning fashion when Michael Jones took the quick-fire wickets of Finlay Jones (2), Owen Davies (0) and Matthew Humphreys (0), and things looked bleak when Williams was caught off a Chris Dawson delivery after contributing 17.

A stunning partnership from James French and Alex Davies completely turned around the momentum of the clash, with the pair smashing their way to 66 and 65 respectively before they were both dismissed.

This proved to be the difference between the two sides, and they managed to reach their required target with six overs to spare despite a fine bowling effort from Hughes, who finished the day with eye-catching figures of 4-22.