COLWYN Bay remain firmly in relegation trouble at the foot of the Liverpool and District Premier Division after a 56-run loss at Formby.
Sion Morris’ side were unable to get the required runs after a shortened game due to weather interruptions, and the gap between themselves and the bottom two is now 16 points ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Birkenhead Park at Penrhyn Avenue.
The home side elected to bat and overseas star Shrikant Mundhe got Bay off to a good start by removing openers Tim Le Breton and wicketkeeper James Seward for 24 and 21 respectively.
A brilliant partnership from Dane Williams and Tym Crawford then tipped the scales in the hosts’ favour, with the former producing a classy knock of 58 before he was eventually out after snatching at a Paul Jenkins delivery.
Crawford fell agonisingly short of his half century when he was trapped lbw by Ryan Holtby, but the title candidates managed to make 192-4 before declaring after 36 overs.
The visiting run chase got off to a good start thanks to openers Jordan Evans (26) and Zak Gidlow (40), but a sensational spell of bowling from Gary Keedy eventually proved to be the differenc between the two sides.
The in-form bowler was in ruthless mood throughout the innings and decimated the Bay batting attack, claiming the prized wickets of Mundhe (6), Morris (22) and George Johansen (6) to end the day with sublime figures of 7-50 from 16 overs.
This proved too much for the away side, who were all out for 136 to condemn them to their ninth league defeat of the campaign.