BANGOR Cricket Club have announced a change in captaincy ahead of their season opener this weekend.

The North Wales Cricket League Premier Division side will be aiming to wrestle back the title they relinquished last term, and they will be led by long-serving player Gareth Edwards after Robbie Marshall decided to step down from the post.

This is the second time that Edwards will assume the role of captain at the club, and he begins his second tenor at the helm at home to Brymbo on Saturday.

They have bolstered their squad considerably during the off-season, with talented youngster Owen Reilly arriving from top-flight rivals Pwllheli.

The Wales youth international is in the first year of a sports scholarship at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay and opened the batting for Pwll’ during the previous campaign.

Sean Reilly and former Pwllheli skipper Mike Hughes are others that have joined the senior set-up this summer, with the club still working on a visa for an unnamed overseas player after their initial designated professional’s application was declined.

Young stars such as Tomos Davies and Andrew Savage are others to keep an eye on throughout the campaign as the 2017 champions look to improve on their fourth placed finish last season.

Title holder Menai Bridge are set to make a bold bid to defend their crown once again this time around, and they get their season underway at home to Gresford on Saturday.

Overseas player Patrick Glover has returned to Australia after failing to obtain a visa to extend his stay, but batsman Dion Holden remains a considerable part of a set-up that also has gifted youngster Josh Massey within their ranks.

Bethesda will take the field for the first time on April 27 when they welcome newly promoted Ruthin ahead of their expected promotion push, with Division One rivals Caernarfon and Dolgellau travelling to Conwy and Llay Welfare respectively to start their fixtures.