A STUNNING century from Anthony Thorpe was the catalyst behind Conwy’s eye-catching 78-run home win over Llandudno.

The North Wales Cricket League Group A derby clash went the way of the newly promoted side, who picked up a notable triumph over the Lions thanks to an impressive batting performance.

Thorpe was at the heart of everything good for the hosts from the opening batsman position, displaying a tremendous shot selection before retiring not out on 100 from just 90 deliveries.

He ably assisted at the other end by Danny Davies, who came in at No. 4 and smashed no fewer than 12 boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 86.

Others scores of note came from Shaun Davies’ 23, with three other Conwy players making it into double-figures to ensure the home side set a lofty target of 268-4 from their 40 overs in the middle.

Andrew Christian was the pick of the visiting bowling attack, claiming two wickets at the expense of 48 runs from an eight-over spell.

Llandudno’s run chase began poorly when opener Lewis Jones was skittled by Thorpe on eight, but the duo of Sam Rimmington and Jack Rimmington steadied the ship immediately after.

The brother-tandem showed their class before Jack was out for 34, and Sam built on his stylish knock from the previous weekend to make 61.

This was not a trend that was followed by the remaining members of the away side’s batting order, with only Ajay Dhawan emerging from the innings with any sort of credit thereafter thanks to a score of 39.

The Lions fell short of their required run total on 198 all out, enabling last season’s Division One champions to pick up their biggest scalp for some time.

Their bowling attack was led by Stan Senior and Gareth Thomas, who both picked up three wickets apiece, and Graham Meredith also had a huge say on his way to figures of 2-25.