A SENSATIONAL bowling display from overseas star Shrikant Mundhe gave Colwyn Bay a vital one wicket victory over Birkenhead Park.
The talented Indian produced the performance of a lifetime to claim all ten wickets to move Bay 51 points clear of the Liverpool and District Premier Division drop zone, and they will look to secure safety this Saturday when they host New Brighton.
Mundhe immediately got to work by dismissing openers Mike Barnes and Adam Neal for a duck and nine respectively, before captain Chris Davies became his next victim when he was skittled for 34.
Luke Camden was next to fall without making a single run, and the stubborn Adam Patel contributed 43 before being clean bowled by the former IPL star.
Things got even better for the home side and Mundhe, who decimated the middle and lower order to take all ten wickets during the innings for the loss of just 85 runs from 24 scintillating overs.
The Bay run chase got off to an indifferent start when Zak Gidlow was removed for 11, before Jordan Evans steadied the ship with a knock of 37 from 48 deliveries.
A nervy ending looked in the offing when George Johansen was caught after making just six, but Mundhe proved to be equally as adept with the bat to single-handedly get his side over the line.
The gifted all-rounder was a formidable presence at the crease, making an unbeaten 44 off 112 balls to ensure the home side reached their required total for the loss of nine wickets after 57 overs for a vital win.
After a nervy start to the season, Mundhe has now found his stride at a pivotal time of the season and now boasts a batting average of 21 and a bowling strike rate of 28, which is 37 per cent of his side’s wickets.