LLANDUDNO CRICKET Club finally got their season underway with a five-wicket home success over Bethesda.

The Lions made light work of their first outing of the summer against the newly promoted side, which was their opening fixture in Group A of the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division.

This stands the club in good stead ahead of their derby clash at Conwy next Saturday, who ran away with the Division One crown last time out.

The home side got off to a good start in the field when Jamie Grimshaw ousted Pesda opener Jonathan Williams for a duck, before Andrew Christian took the quick-fire wickets of Jez Shea and wicketkeeper Nicholas Parry for four and one respectively.

Lucas Hughes was next to get in on the act with the scalps of Ioan Roberts (1) and Dewi Roberts (0), and Oliver Hughes ended the day with figures of 3-26 off eight overs thanks to the wickets of Andrew Day (10), Sean Buchanan (7) and Gethin Hughes (0).

The one constant throughout the innings was opening batsman Carwyn Williams, who made 60 off 101 balls, and an unbeaten 18 from Lee Williams gave the visitors 127 all out.

Despite losing talented opener Danial Evans when he was run out for just four runs early, the hosts reached their required target with minimal fuss to get their campaign off to a flyer.

Sam Rimmington was the Lions’ standout performer, hitting 50 before retiring to allow others to get a chance.

Other double-figure scores came from Matthew Lambe and Rhydian Morgan, who contributed 18 and 30 to enable the home side to reach their target in 23 overs.