BRYMBO are right in the race for the North Wales League Premier Division championship after Saturday’s seven-wicket success over Connah’s Quay stretched their winning run to six.
Dafydd Rhys’ side started the season slowly but their form since the middle of June has been nothing short of sensational, with one of the biggest reasons behind their upturn being Glamorgan prospect David Lloyd, who was once again the star of the show against the faltering Quay.
The England Under 16s ace (77no), supported by Stuart Williams (56) and Joss Roberts (39no), guided Brymbo to 196-3 with his fifth half-century in his last six matches having earlier snaffled 6-46 to help dismiss the visitors for 195.
Another big knock from captain Nick Flack ensured Chirk closed the gap on First Division table toppers Northop on Saturday with a derby victory over Llangollen.
The hosts, thanks to Flack (72) and Chris Pritchard (54), declared on 256-8 before the likes of Jody Wilson (3-19) and Dave Kelshaw (3-34) stopped Llangollen short on 153, despite a superb 85 from skipper Tom King.
Third-placed Llay Welfare slipped further behind their neighbours as they were forced to settle for a winning draw at home to basement boys Corwen, who held out on 147-7 in reply to 223-7dec (David Phennah 67).
Nigel Roberts, in his first appearance of the campaign, took a hat-trick but second-from-bottom Brymbo 2nds still went down at Rhewl, who were halted on 136 only to bowl Brymbo out for 88 (Elliott Hughes 30).
Gresford were one-wicket home winners over Llandudno 2nds, who fell for 140 (John Bell 4-24) chasing 176-9dec (Chris Ellwood 42).
Marchwiel & Wrexham hopes of going up were hit as they lost at home to Denbigh, who made their way to 108-4 (Mario Swart 3-16) having skittled Marchwiel for 107.
Bersham maintained pole position in Division Two with a six-wicket triumph at relegation-threatened St Asaph 2nds.
Gaz Evans (48no) and Neil Thomas (24no) saw Bersham to 148-4 after the Saints set 147-8 (Randi 4-17).
Castell Alun were back to their best as they recorded a home win over Division Three leaders Menai Bridge 2nds.
Michael Arden (3-17), Paul Winfield (3-29) and Philip Lloyd (3-45) ripped Menai apart for 120 before the Alun, courtesy of Thomas Cheesbrough (31no), Robert Winfield (24) and Simon Brooman (19no from 126 balls), reached 122-5.
Marchwiel & Wrexham 2nds moved up to fourth with a six-wicket victory at Denbigh 2nds, who posted 164-5 (Darren Bettis 2-23, David Jones 2-35) before Marchwiel made it to 165-4 through Paul Ankers (58) and Raja Das (50).
Brymbo 3rds’ barren run continued on Sunday as they lost to Bala, who curtailed the home side’s innings on 98 (Danny Williams 34) following their 173-9 (Rob Ward 4-30).
Ian Pearson produced the individual performance of Saturday’s action as Gwersyllt Park hauled themselves up to second in Division Four with a home blast of previous pacesetters Pontblyddyn 2nds.
Pearson (114no), assisted by Bryn Markham-Jones (66) and Steve Connors (61), elevated Park to 266-3 and then pocketed 6-38 to hold Pont to 172-9.
Gresford 2nds are third in Division Five after their 10-wicket whitewash at rock-bottom Mynydd Isa 2nds.
Isa were wiped out for 126 before the Clappers Lane outfit cruised to 127-0 (Steve Griffin 62no, John Williams 51no).
Bersham 2nds were defeated on Sunday at Mochdre 3rds, who hit 183-6 (Geraint Jones 2-11, Bryan Still 2-16) after Bersham put on 182-7 (Stephen Lloyd 47).
Castell Alun 2nds cemented third spot in Division Six with a one-wicket victory at Corwen 2nds on Saturday.
Alun got to 162-9 after Corwen were done for 161