Bangor facing three cup finals in bid for crown; CITIZENS AND BRIDGE COULD BE SET FOR TITLE DECIDER.
Byline: NORTH WALES LEAGUE By ROB GRIFFITHS
BANGOR skipper Robbie Marshall believes his team has "three cup finals" remaining as they bid to win their first North Wales League Premier Division title since 2002.
With three rounds of matches left, the Citizens hold an 11-point lead over nearest challengers Menai Bridge heading into today's fixtures.
Bangor travel to Hawarden Park this afternoon, while Menai host a Mochdre outfit looking odds on to be relegated.
Depending on results over the next two matches, the Citizens and the Bridge could meet in a title decider on September 16 - the final Saturday of the 2017 season.
The title rivals' remaining games are: BANGOR: SEP 2: Hawarden Park (a); SEP 9: St Asaph (h); SEP 16: Menai Bridge (a).
MENAI BRIDGE: SEP 2: Mochdre (h); SEP 9: Connah's Quay (a); SEP 16: Bangor (h).
Bangor report an unchanged side for the trip to Hawarden, who are coming off the back of a woeful 15-0 defeat at struggling Chirk last weekend. Marshall said: "With three cup finals left we have to be focused on each game at a time, starting with Hawarden, where I am wary of a backlash from their last week's disappointment.
"We just need to focus on ourselves and our standards we have been striving to set this season and hopefully the result reflects that.
"We have our destiny in our own hands and at this stage of the season that's all you can want."
It has been a fine season for Bangor Cricket Club as a whole, with the seconds leading the 2nd XI West Division by 28 points and the thirds the Sunday 3rd XI table by 29 points.
Marshall added: "As club skipper I am so proud this season of all the players who have contributed, with the seconds on the verge of winning their league and the newlyformed third team also sitting well at the top of the Sunday league.
"Massive credit has to also go to Jamie Camilleri (second team captain) and Hugh Kelly, who has skippered a young development side (third team)." Menai Bridge will be looking to capitalise on any potential Bangor slipup when they host nextto-bottom Mochdre today. The Anglesey side, who have won their last three matches, are chasing a third title in four seasons and will target a double over a Mochdre outfit they thrashed by nine wickets in June.
Llanrwst are 26 points adrift in the relegation zone and know nothing less than a convincing win is needed at home to Connah's Quay this afternoon to revive their faint hopes of an escape.
That will be easier said than done, with Quay in awesome form of late and possessing a batting talent in Martin Burger who hit a mammoth 232 against St Asaph last weekend.
Elsewhere, Llandudno travel to Brymbo for what could be a close-fought tussle, Gresford entertain Chirk and fourth hosts third when St Asaph take on Denbigh in what looks like the contest of the day.
| Bangor, pictured celebrating a wicket against Denbigh earlier this season, are wary of a Hawarden backlash PICTURE: RICHARD BIRCH