LLANDUDNO kept their hopes of securing the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division championship alive for one more week after an emphatic 126-run home win over Denbigh.

The Lions made light work of difficult opposition, but they are looking for other results to go their way and sit 14 points behind leaders Menai Bridge in third spot with two games remaining.

Jack Rimmington’s men face another critical clash on Saturday when they travel to Connah’s Quay, knowing anything but a win would see them eliminated from the title picture.

The home side took charge thanks to a fine performance in the middle, setting a target of 237 all out from 49 overs.

Opener Danial Evans produced another outstanding knock before he was eventually trapped lbw by Harrison Jones on 72, with other scores of note coming from Ethan Hill (39), Ajay Dhawan (31) and Jamie Grimshaw.

Stuart Griffiths was the pick of the visiting bowlers, helping himself to four wickets from just four overs at the expense of 30 runs, with Jones and Joe Lewis both claiming a pair of scalps apiece.

A fine performance in the field ensured the title hopefuls restricted their opponents throughout, with Tom Thornton continuing his recent good form with the ball to finish with figures of 4-39 from a nine-over spell.

Evans and Will Sissons contributed two wickets apiece during critical stages of the contest, and despite an eye-catching 45 from Tom Schrimshaw and 19 knocks from Gerallt Lyall and Jones it was not enough as the away side mustered just 11 all out in reply.