NORTHOP took full advantage of the Brymbo and St Asaph title showdown being called off by beating Denbigh to power 23 points clear at the top of the Premier Division.

With the wet weather halting most team's progress in July, there's been no stopping Northop, who again dodged the showers at Denbigh to win by eight wickets.

Jordan Evans was the star of the show with a 93-ball 110 which included eight sixes and 10 boundaries.

He put on 187 with opener James Roberts (54) as the front-runners eased to 204 for two after bowling the hosts out for 200.

Matthew Mullarkey's 3-40 paved the way for Northop with captain Bart Ryan-Beswick and Andy Poynton also taking two wickets apiece. Wales North team starlet Archie Sussex top scored for Denbigh with 75.

Mochdre are another side who have made hay while the sun hasn't shined in recent week and their three wicket win at home to Gresford moved them up to third place.

Despite 51 from Chris Ellwood, Gresford were dismissed for 107 as Matthew Humphreys, Owen Davies and Aidan Kelly all took three wickets.

Tom Crewe (3-25) again starred with the ball for Gresford but Sam Davies' 34 helped push Mochdre to 108 for seven.

Halkyn were the only other team to start their innings and were 80 for three when their home game with Llandudno became another casualty.

Mirroring what Northop are doing in the top flight, Gwersyllt Park are doing the same in Division One.

They returned from Connah's Quay with a 62-run win to moved 20 points clear at the top.

Park captain Iroshan De Silva again starred with a superb 85 at the top of the order.

Alfie Lythgoe's 54 helped push Park to 204 for six from their 35 overs, Lee Davies and Rhys Stout taking two wickets each for the hosts.

Lewis Cole and Daniel Jones did the same for the leaders with Neil Pearson and star man De Silva grabbing three each as the Quay, for whom Callum Miller (34) top scored were bowled out for 142.

Llay Welfare were celebrating after a superb 54-run victory at home to third-placed Conwy.

Llay posted 142 for eight with David Phennah (40) top scoring. Nathan Humphreys then nabbed 4-25 and Phennah's 3-18 saw Conwy collapse to 79 all out.

Marchwiel and Wrexham were on course to beat second-placed Northop Seconds but then the rain came.

Marchwiel were 91 for one, chasing Northop's 130 for nine.

Sam Shoemark and Sam Heard-Edwards took three wickets each while captain George Forgrave was unbeaten on 42.


Division Two: Bangor 2nds 148-3 Carmel & District 77; Bersham 150 Pontblyddyn 2nds 94-9; Gresford 2nds 131 Mold 2nds 129; St Asaph 2nds 103 Brymbo 2nds 177-5.

Division Three: Conwy 2nds 129-5 Connah's Quay 2nds 140; Corwen 184 Denbigh 2nds 200-6; Llandudno 2nds 75 Mynydd Isa & Maeshafn 127-8; Ruthin 75-3 Caernarfon 83-9.

Brymbo have some ground to make up in their battle for silverware this season.

They have been paired with fellow North Wales League Premier Division high-flyers St Asaph in the final of this summer’s Flintshire knockout competition.

The Saints have a healthy 45-run advantage following the delayed first leg of the final.

Mohamed Nilam Jayman and James Claybrook both struck 30 as Brymbo’s 20 overs yielded 112 for seven as Danny Ryan took 3-17.

St Asaph replied with 157 for five to put themselves in the box seat.

The highlight of the innings was Nathanael Scott’s superb 66 from just 38 deliveries, which contained eight fours and two sixes.

Gareth Boys and Chris Taylor bagged two wickets apiece.

Brymbo will host the second leg tomorrow.