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Cricket: Connah’s Quay runners-up hopes suffer blow

CONNAH’S Quay’s hopes of a top-two spot in the North Wales League Premier Division were effectively dashed on Saturday after their five-match unbeaten run came to an end at St Asaph.

Sean Steynberg-Wright’s side now need to thrash doomed Llanrwst in their final game of the season on Saturday and hope second-placed Bangor go down at home to relegation-threatened Hawarden Park if they are to stand any chance of finishing runners-up to Llandudno.

Mitchell van Wyk (55) and Ryan Holloway (39) aside, third-placed Quay battled poorly against St Asaph as they were polished off for 139.

That was 60 runs short of the target after the hosts put on 199-8dec despite the best efforts of and Darren Leach (3-28) and star-man van Wyk (3-60).

Definitely out of the running for second position are Mold after they felt the full force of all-conquering Llandudno.

The five-time champions, who are closing in on an astonishing 500 points for the season, declared after amassing a mammoth 334-5 at Chester Road.

John Wilkie (1-19) bowled an excellent 10-over spell for the hosts, whose reply never got off the ground as they slumped to a 271-run reverse after being skittled for a measly 63.

Fifth-placed Mold complete their campaign on Saturday at Mochdre, where victory could yet see them pip neighbours Connah’s Quay and Pontblyddyn to third place.