MENAI Bridge are not giving up their North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title without a fight following a 166-run home win over Connah’s Quay.

The defending champions made light work of their encounter against the basement dwellers to pick up maximum points from their latest outing, leaving them in third spot and 18 points behind leaders Bangor with four games remaining.

Dion Holden’s men will look to close the gap this Saturday during their trip to Pontblyddyn, with their title rivals facing a trick looking trip to Denbigh.

A superb time in the middle saw Bridge set an imposing target of 264-6 from their 50 overs, with Arwel Thomas leading the way with a standout knock of 76.

Opener Luke Jones was also in good form on his way to 36, with other notable contributions coming from wicketkeeper Jack Gower (30), Holden (32) and overseas player Sean O’Callaghan (20).

Martin Burger was the pick of the away bowling attack, claiming two wickets for the loss of 38 runs.

The struggling side never got close to reaching their total thanks in no small part to a devastating spell from O’Callaghan, who tore through the middle and lower order to finish his 11-over spell with exceptional figures of 5-24.

Callum Miller and Dylan Stout provided brief resistance to finish on 16 apiece, but that was as good as it got for the visitors on their way to 98 in reply.

Another impressive bowling contribution came from Dion Owen, who claimed a pair of scalps for the loss of 13 runs, with Holden and Gethin Roberts claiming a victim apiece.