ANOTHER dismal batting performance condemned Prestatyn to a 125-run defeat at Old Xaverians.

The Liverpool and District Competition First Division side emerged from another game with a loss, but their three points keeps them out of the drop zone for at least another week.

David Harris’ side remain third from bottom in the standings and five clear of Fleetwood Hesketh ahead of their home clash with promotion chasing Highfield at Beach Close on Saturday.

Things got off to a good start in the field for the visitors as Adam Tidswell removed opener Joseph Lyons for a duck, with Welsh youth international Sheil Sethi also getting in on the act early on with the wickets of dangerous trio Shaun Haigh (17), skipper Ian Carroll (25) and Matthew North (3) on his way to figures of 3-44 from a 14-over spell.

Tidswell took his tally for the afternoon to 2-88 with the scalp of Mark Dilworth for 11 to further add promise to the visitors’ chances of getting a positive result, but a strong partnership from Jamie Doyle and Sean Stamper put the hosts back in the ascendancy before both were ousted from the crease by Kieron Tidswell for 63 and 40 respectively after putting on 102 for the sixth wicket.

Daniel Harrison and Mark Doyle attained 22 and 20 not out to close the innings, with the home side declaring on 214-7 after 49 overs in the middle.

The away side never got close to reaching their required target, with Kieron Tidswell (13), Sethi (2), Waqar Khan (9), Gareth Leonard (11) and Rhys Jones (9) failing to provide a contribution of note as the top order had no answer for the Xaverians’ bowling attack.

Harris provided some resistance before playing a Matthew North delivery into tha hands of Stamper on 22, which proved to be telling as no other Prestatyn batsman made it into double-figures on their way to 89 all out in reply.

Ian Carroll and North were the pick of the home bowlers, taking four wickets apiece for the combined loss of just 31 runs.