A DISAPPOINTING batting display condemned Prestatyn to a heavy ten-wicket home loss to Newton-le-Willows.

The Liverpool and District Competition First Division side were blown away by a formidable Newton bowling attack at Beach Close that saw slip to third-from-bottom in the standings as they prepare to host fourth-placed Ainsdale on Saturday.

Opening duo Kieron Tidswell and Andy Taylor were both removed by Dominic Chambers after contributing just seven and five to the overall score, with Welsh youth international Sheil Sethi trapped lbw by Sam Guest following a knock of ten from 52 deliveries.

The same bowler also got rid of skipper David Harris (0) and Gareth Leonard (23) on his way to figures of 3-44 from a mammoth 20-over spell, and Ben Walkden also got in on the act with the quick-fire scalps of Robbie Rimmington (21), Rhys Jones (0) and Matthew Edwards (0) to end the day on 3-13.

Waqar Khan tried to make a fight of it but was eventually sent back to the pavilion by Chambers, who took his tally to 4-30 with the wicket of Adam Tidswell (5) as the hosts were all out for 100 from 45 overs in the middle.

The Beach Close outfit never got close to securing an upset thanks in no small part to an excellent opening partnership from Ben Walkden and Matthew Hurst, who demonstrated a fine selection of shots under pressure to ensure the visitors managed to achieve maximum points without losing a single wicket.

Walkden ended the day unbeaten on 57 from 80 deliveries that included seven boundaries, with Hurst also remaining resolute with a patient 38 not out from 98 balls for the away side.

Prestatyn have now lost four of their first six game during the opening exchanges of the season, and they face another stern test of their credentials next weekend against an Ainsdale side that come into the game on the back of a home draw against Sefton Park.