ST ASAPH continued their excellent start to the summer with an eye-catching 88-run home victory against Prestatyn.

The Saints posted a formidable total form their time in the middle, and this was the catalyst behind their impressive triumph over the Liverpool and District Competition side.

The hosts got off to the best possible start thanks to an exceptional opening stand from skipper Will Ryan and Duncan Midgley, who put on 139 for the first wicket before the latter was caught off an Adam Tidswell delivery after making 72.

Ryan also notched a half-century as a result of his efforts, but he was trapped lbw by Rohit Kaimal after contributing 55 from 62 deliveries.

Mathew Ryan as also in fine form during his time at the crease, making 50 before he was sent back to the pavilion by Kaimal, who also took the scalp of Daniel Williams (0) on his way to figures of 3-42 from eight overs.

The city side finished their innings on a high thanks to a mesmerising knock from Jason Foulkes, who smashed ten boundaries to finish the day unbeaten on 76 from just 54 deliveries, giving St Asaph a superb 287-4 from their allotted 40 overs in the middle.

Prestatyn got their run chase off to a good start before opener Robbie Rimmington trapped lbw by Foulkes on 28, and the bowler was in devastating form soon after with the quick-fire wickets of Gareth Leonard (0), Sheil Sethi (2) and Nauman Ahmad (0) to finish an outstanding all-round contribution with figures of 4-22 from eight overs.

The visiting resistance came from Kaimal, who proved a far sterner presence to remove from the middle on his way to a game-high 84, but he was ousted by Charlie Williams during a critical stage of the encounter.

Mathew Ryan also aided the Saints’ cause with two late wickets, leaving the away side mustering 199-9 from their 40 overs.