BANGOR could clinch the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title this weekend following a five-wicket home win over Pwllheli.

The long-time leaders are now within touching distance of getting their hands back on the coveted crown, and they travel to Pontblyddyn on Saturday knowing victory would be enough to finish top of the standings.

An unbeaten knock of 96 from Pwll’ skipper Morgan Murray-Williams enabled the home side to set a target of 197-9 from their allotted 50 overs in the middle, with opener Adam Williams also aiding his side’s cause with a stubborn 42 from 90 deliveries.

Overseas star Franco Kasner was the pick of the visiting bowling attack once again, helping himself to four wickets for the loss of 39 runs from a 12-over spell.

Michael Hughes was another bowler to emerge from the innings with a positive display, claiming a pair of victims at the expense of 38.

Despite losing talented teenager Owen Reilly for eight early on, the away side chased down their revised target of 192 with minimal fuss thanks to a solid all-round display across the batting order.

Idrees Ijaz (31), Nadeem Rehman (39), Kasner (24), David Winter (36) and Matthew Haswell (34*) all kept the score-board ticking over to ensure they reached their required total with nine over to spare.

Home bowler Syed Kaleem Aslam tried valiantly to make a fight of things on his way to three wickets for the loss of 35 runs, with Iwan Moore picking up two more from his seven-over spell.

Bangor now move on to Saturday’s pivotal contest with one hand on the title, which they could still win with a defeat if Menai Bridge do not get a positive result from their game against Mochdre.