BRYMBO blew the Premier Division title wide open as they thrashed table topping Menai Bridge by 160 runs.

The Wrexham-based outfit knew nothing other than a sizeable victory would put Menai under any real pressure over the remaining three weeks of the season, and James Claybrook’s men did just that.

Having won the toss, Brymbo went about posting 229 for nine, Connor Davies top scoring with 92 and the in-form Claybrook adding 82, the duo putting on 153 for the third wicket.

Ben Roberts stole the show after the turnaround as he helped himself to 5-16, while Gareth Boyes picked up 3-12 as Menai were blown away for just 69.

The win moved Brymbo up to second in the table, 13 points adrift of Menai and one ahead of Llandudno, who beat Pwllheli by five wickets.

Tom Thornton bagged 5-29 as Pwllheli were restricted to 146 for nine, before Llandudno cruised to victory inside 31 overs of their reply.

At the other end of the table, Chirk were effectively relegated for the second time this month after losing by six wickets at Bangor.

Andrew Swarbrick’s men were handed a lifeline as league officials decided only two teams would be relegated from the top flight instead of three, but they are now unable to survive once again.

James Carter (39) and Steve Kelshaw (21) helped Chirk limp to 123 for nine from their 43 overs, a total which proved far too small.

Bangor eased their way to 124 for four with eight overs to spare, despite a wicket apiece for Billy Swarbrick, Wynn Jones and Mark Shaw.

Connah’s Quay eased their relegation worries with a dominant 110-run success over St Asaph.

Third from bottom Quay posted 267 for eight, Matt Redinger hitting 90 and Darren Jones adding 38.

Redinger then pocketed 5-33 as St Asaph were bowled out for 157, Jason Foulkes top scoring with 51.

It means Quay are now 41 points ahead of second from bottom Hawarden Park, who will take a severely depleted side to Gresford this afternoon.

Northop are also in top-flight action as they head to Denbigh.

Pontblyddyn moved a step closer to returning to the Premier Division courtesy of a comprehensive 10-wicket win at Conwy.

The Division One leaders restricted Conwy to 111 for nine with the ball, George Forgrave and Ed Jones picking up four wickets apiece.

Opening batsmen Alistair Roberts (73 not out) and Ben Mason (21no) then guided their side to victory with the minimum of fuss from 23 overs.

Bersham saw their promotion hopes dealt a severe blow as fellow challengers Bethesda secured an 87-run home win.

Nicholas Parry (82no) and Matthew Harrington (60) were the thorns in Bersham’s side as Bethesda posted 212 for four.

Nuwan Amarakoon (36), Randheer Bandara (31) and Amith Tilakaratne (23) all made starts for Bersham, but neither could kick on as the Wrexham-based side were bowled out for 125.

Llay Welfare were also winners as they held their nerve to defeat Mold by seven runs.

Half centuries from Dave Phennah and Nathan Humphreys as well as 43 by Jack Parry helped Llay post 230 for six.

Richard Deniz (56) and Kieron Coppack (40) gave Mold a chance of victory, before Graham Wright finished 22 not out as the Flintshire outfit fell just short.

Mold are back in action today as they make their way to Dolgellau, while Llay Welfare host Bethesda.

Premier Division: Bangor 124-4, Chirk 123-9; Brymbo 229-9, Menai Bridge 69; Pwllheli 146-9, Llandudno 150-5.

Division One: Bethesda 212-4, Bersham 125; Conwy 111-9, Pontblyddyn 112-0; Llay Welfare 230-6, Mold 223-9.

Division Two: Gwersyllt Park 149-3, Ruthin 148; Halkyn 126, Marchwiel and Wrexham 199-7; Llangollen, Mynydd Isa (Llangollen conceded).

Second XI Premier Division: Denbigh 2nds 142, Bangor 2nds 143-5; Menai Bridge 2nds 123-5, Mochdre 2nds 119-8; Pontblyddyn 2nds 97, Hawarden Park 2nds 169.

Second XI East Division: Chirk 2nds, Halkyn 2nds (Halkyn conceded); Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds, Castell Alun (Castell Alun conceded).

Today’s fixtures - Division Two: Buckley v Gwersyllt Park; Corwen v Llangollen; Ruthin v Halkyn.

Second XI Premier Division: Carmel and District 2nds v Llay Welfare 2nds; Brymbo 2nds v Denbigh 2nds; Hawarden Park 2nds v Northop 2nds; Mochdre 2nds v Gresford 2nds.

Second XI East Division: Gwersyllt Park 2nds v Halkyn 2nds.