SO much has happened already in the Premier Division... and we’re still not halfway through the campaign!

Tomorrow marks the midway point of the top flight season and currently three sides are in with a real shot of claiming the top honour.

The division’s in-form side is Northop, who will be gunning to take over at the top tomorrow when they welcome Bangor. Over the past couple of weeks, Northop have defeated defending champions Menai Bridge and then leaders Brymbo.

Last week’s eight-run win over Brymbo was a real classic and Northop skipper Bart Ryan-Beswick admitted: “It was a great game of cricket, really.

“It was what North Wales needs.

“It was fantastic, a really good game of cricket from both teams.”

Northop successfully defended a tally of 228 after batting first and Ryan-Beswick added: “We thought it was a score we could defend, but they obviously bat well.

“It was always going to be tense, toing and froing.”

Next up is a home clash with a Bangor side that defeated Menai Bridge last time out.

“Bangor have won the last four on the bounce to turn things around,” said Ryan-Beswick. “We’re fully expecting to go through another battle and playing against a good side.”

Matt Mullarkey will come in for Henry Dowd, while Jordan Evans is unavailable for Northop.

Last week marked Brymbo’s first loss of the campaign and Dan Parry’s second-placed side will be aiming to return to winning ways as they go to Mochdre.

Brymbo skipper Parry said: “It was disappointing to not get the win on Saturday.

“However, it was a good game of cricket and that’s the type of games you want to play in.”

Opener James Claybrook returns for Brymbo tomorrow.

Last season’s runners-up St Asaph are now leading the table and they are involved in tomorrow’s match of the day at home to Menai Bridge, who will be looking to put their title push back on track.

A testing run has finally come to an end for Gresford.

“We have played the best five teams in the league in the last five weeks,” said Gresford captain Matt Thompson ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Pontblyddyn.

On the back of their tricky run of late, Gresford sit eighth in the table, while Pontblyddyn are at the foot of the standings, 19 points adrift of safety.

Gresford are nine points clear of the drop zone, but when asked if tomorrow was a must-win encounter, Thompson said: “No, I wouldn’t say so.

“We’ve still got half the season to go.”

Thompson added: “We always have a good team spirit. We always stick together.”

Matt and Sam Thompson will both return to the Gresford line-up tomorrow.

There’s a key Flintshire meeting in the battle to beat the drop.

Mold, who are in the bottom-three, play host to a Halkyn side that is six points clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Llandudno play host to Denbigh.