BANGOR Cricket Club have received a boost ahead of the new season after Owen Reilly agreed to stay on.

The talented teenager joined the set-up last year from Pwllheli and made an instant impact, playing a leading role in their North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title triumph.

Reilly opened the batting from the outset and averaged 32.46 from 18 innings’ that included a season best score of 64 not out against Denbigh.

He also opened the bowling despite his tender age, claiming 19 wickets at the expense of 22.58, which also saw Reilly claim his first ever five-wicket haul (5-26) in their encounter against Gresford.

This fine form has also caught the attention of national selectors, with Reilly part of the Wales U18 squad that participated in a series of T20 fixtures against English county opposition.

The senior captain at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay also earned a call-up to a Wales select XI that will test their skills against Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s later this year.

Bangor begin their title defence with a tricky looking trip to Elwy Grove Park for a fixture against St Asaph on April 18, before welcoming Pwllheli for their first home outing on April 25.

A crucial few weeks in May sees the all-conquering side come up against Llandudno, derby rivals Menai Bridge, Mochdre, Gresford and Llay Welfare, which will go a long way to determining their overall ambitions for the remainder of the summer.