LLANDUDNO’s slim hopes of regaining the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title are still alive after a three-wicket home victory over Hawarden Park.

The Lions turned in an efficient display in unpredictable conditions due to the adverse weather, which left them chasing a revised target after a ten-over stoppage in play.

Jack Rimmington’s side now sit in third spot following the triumph and 35 points behind leaders Menai Bridge as they prepare to visit surprise package Northop on Saturday.

The Tudno skipper got them off to a flyer with the wicket of opener David Hughes for a duck, with Jamie Grimshaw despatching the dangerous pair of Ian Martin and Jamie MacDonald for 17 and zero.

Teenage sensation Matthew Jones took the prized scalp of Jamie Brailsford after the talented batsman made 25, before another gifted all-rounder contributed heavily as Danial Evans sent Campbell Marr (36), Adam Cross (2) and Jo Forde (5) back to the pavilion on his way to figures of 3-21.

Jones claimed two more victims in the form of Jared Bennett (7) and Nigel Wilkinson (0) to end the day on 3-13 as the away side set a target of 118 all out from 36 overs.

Things did not begin well for the hosts at the crease as Jones (14), Keegan Armstrong (9), Evans (3), Sam Rimmington (6) and Kevin James (0) all lost their wickets cheaply early on, with Martin the main beneficiary to claim four scalps at the expense of 33 runs.

Another Tudno teenager steadied the ship to guide them to victory, with Will Sissons making a valuable 28 before he was clean bowled by Martin.

Grimshaw also aided his side’s scores with 16 not out as they reached their revised target in comfortable fashion.

There was further cause for celebration as the Lions’ second unit secured an eight-wicket win at Llanrwst.