ST ASAPH seconds are now 45 points clear at the North Wales Cricket League 2nd XI West summit after a resounding 211-run home win over Dolgellau.

Despite losing skipper Mark Dine for 15 early on, the home side made an impressive start to their time at the crease thanks to a fantastic stand from David Lloyd and Ben Murphy, who hit 89 and 66 respectively to put the Saints firmly in the driving seat.

Only Dominic Haynes (11) managed to make it into double-figures thereafter, but they still managed to post an imposing target of 238-6 from their allotted 40 overs.

Dave Jenkins was the pick of the visiting bowlers, finishing with 2-40, while Jamie Tomkins also helped himself to a pair for the loss of 45 runs.

The hosts’ run defence got off to the best possible start when Robert Jackson made full use of the new ball and dismissed the opening duo of Richard Rees and Aled Owen for a pair of ducks, and he continued this trend throughout his spell by ousting Dave Jenkins (8) and Llyr Jones (0) on his way to sensational figures of 4-13 from nine overs.

He was ably assisted by Amer Jamil, who took three wickets at a cost of just five runs, with Elliot Morris claiming 2-8 as the visitors mustered 27 all out in reply.