ABERGELE were unable to cause a stir at the North Wales Cricket League Division One summit as they fell to a 74-run home loss to promotion chasing Bethesda.

The visitors set an imposing target of 246-5 from their allotted 50 overs at the crease, with wicketkeeper Nicholas Parry turning in an outstanding knock to finish the day unbeaten on 91, which included no fewer than ten boundaries.

He was aided at the other end by Matthew Harrington, who managed to contribute 68 to the overall score before he was eventually dismissed by a dazzling strike from Rana Das.

Other good performances came from Jez Shea and Ioan Roberts, who scored 27 and 21 respectively, with David Moulson claiming three wickets from a 12-over spell at the expense of 40 runs.

Gele tried valiantly to reach their target but were left with nothing to show for their efforts as they mustered 172 all out in reply.

The result leaves Ed Rooney’s men second from bottom in the standings, and they conclude their campaign with a home tie against Llanrwst on Saturday.