LLANDUDNO CC are gearing up for a two-horse race with Menai Bridge as they enter the final furlong of the North Wales Premier Division season.
After thrashing Denbigh by 134 runs at the weekend, Tudno sit just 19 points off the pace with five matches to go.
A couple of top knocks from Jordan Kane and Sam Rimmington, who struck 69 and 67 respectively, guided Llandudno to 225 for eight, backed up by a handy 33 from Matthew Lambe.
Tudno’s deadly attack then did the business in response, seeing off the Denbigh challenge for 90 runs in 30 overs. Opener Gordon Kerr took four wickets for 33, while partner in crime Jack Rimmington kept it tight with one wicket and twelve conceded from six overs.
Ajay Dhawan starred with three for four off five overs, with Chris Hardy and Luke Regan also claiming wickets in what was a routine victory.
Mid-table Northop are next on the calendar for Llandudno, while table toppers Menai Bridge tackle eighth placed Brymbo.
Bangor took victory over Llandudno seconds by 22 runs. A trademark bowled-and-caught from Andy Christian got the ball rolling for Llandudno in the tenth over with the score on 14, but a mini rally saw Bangor up to 47 when Tom Thornton took the first of his three wickets.
A series of dismissals followed as the visitors wobbled on 67 for five, but an unbeaten 82 from Colin Meek rescued the innings, as Bangor ended on 187 for eight. Skipper Kev James’ off-spin took three for 55, with Christian taking the remaining wicket.
Captain James led by example with 52 from the middle order, including 33 struck in partnership with Sunil Bhatt, and though Alex Owen had already added a brisk 33, Llandudno came up just short, ending on 165 all out.