JUST 24 more points is what Northop require to claim this season’s Premier Division crown.

However, Bart Ryan-Beswick’s side must prevail in two tough challenges over the next couple of weekends to make sure they lift the title.

The long-time front-runners end the campaign at mid-table Bangor, but before that is tomorrow’s match of the day at home to third-placed Brymbo, whose own title push has been affected by the weather.

Six of Brymbo’s 20 matches to date have either been cancelled or abandoned.

Northop skipper Ryan-Beswick said: “We are focusing on this week and we are ready for it. I can’t wait for them to come down to us. We are looking really strong.”

It’s now officially a two-horse race after an epic summer and St Asaph are the only side who could overhaul Northop before the end of the season.

They will be looking for a sweet 16th success of the summer as they welcome Gresford to Elwy Grove Park.

It’s also a big weekend for Halkyn and victory at Denbigh will finally banish the threat of relegation.

Pontblyddyn are already down, but they will be aiming to go out with a bang, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Llandudno, who will be desperate for a victory to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Relegation will be confirmed for Mold if they fail to defeat visitors Mochdre and the remaining match sees Bangor at home to Menai Bridge.

Gwersyllt Park, pictured above, can now enjoy the final couple of weekends in Division One.

Assured of the solitary promotion place after last weekend’s victory versus Conwy, champions Park go gunning for win number 17 of the season as they pay a visit to mid-table Bethesda.

Hawarden Park are in the box seat to make sure of a runners-up finish this season and they have a key encounter at Buckley, who are just a solitary point clear of the relegation zone.

Llay Welfare still have a chance of beating the drop, but they’ll need to triumph in their closing two matches to achieve the great escape, starting with tomorrow’s match at Abergele, who require one more win to preserve their Division One status.

Northop Seconds, chasing a top-three finish, go to relegation-threatened Menai Bridge Seconds and Marchwiel and Wrexham, who are already down, are away to Conwy.

Connah’s Quay could still finish in the top-four and they pay a visit to Dolgellau.

Division Two fixtures: Brymbo 2nds v Llanrwst; Carmel & District v Bersham; Gresford 2nds v Buckley 2nds; Hawarden Park 2nds v Bangor 2nds; Mochdre 2nds v Mold 2nds; Pontblyddyn 2nds v St Asaph 2nds.

Division Three: Caernarfon v Denbigh 2nds; Connah’s Quay 2nds v Gwersyllt Park 2nds; Mynydd Isa & Maeshafn v Corwen.

Division Four: Bersham 2nds v Ruthin 2nds; Halkyn 2nds v Pwllheli; Hawarden Park 3rds v Abergele 2nds; Llanrwst 2nds v Carmel & District 2nds; Marchwiel and Wrexham 2nds v Dolgellau 2nds.

For one North Wales cricketer, the end of the league season won’t be his final piece of action this year.

Talented Denbigh player Archie Sussex, a mainstay of the Welsh National County (North) set-up, is all set to head Down Under.

He will play for Victorian-based side Nondies Cohuna in the upcoming 2023-24 Australian League season.

In a post on Twitter, Denbigh Cricket Club said: “Congratulations @SussexArchie. A fantastic opportunity to continue your development. The club wish you all the best this winter in Australia.”

Northop Hall have two matches remaining to conclude their Liverpool Competition campaign.

Next up in Division Two for Hall is tomorrow’s trip to Sutton (St Helens), who are still well in the mix for promotion.

Chirk’s penultimate match of the Shropshire League season is tomorrow’s home Division One encounter with Worfield Seconds.