A TRIO of Denbighshire players are to play against the oldest cricket club in the world.

Each year, Wales plays Marylebone Cricket Club - the MCC - in a match prior to the start of the season.

This year, St Asaph duo Jason Foulkes and Will Ryan, plus Denbigh's Harrison Jones, have been selected to represent the Wales National County.

Unfortunately, the trio won't be playing at the iconic Lord's cricket ground, with the match taking place at Sudbrook next month.

Last year's fixture was played at Lord's.

"It's ground-breaking," said Wales National County (North) team manager Russ Penrhyn-Jones, who helped to re-establish the regional team two years ago.

"There's so many exciting things happening."

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In addition to this, the cream of North Wales cricketers will be taking on the Welsh national side early next month.

Wales National County (North) will head to Ynystawe Cricket Club for the match on Sunday, April 2.

A 14-man squad has been selected for the game, five of which are members of the St Asaph club - Matty Ryan, Will Ryan, Nathaniel Scott, Jason Foulkes and Dan Ryan.

Joining them in the squad are Denbigh's Harrison Jones, Colwyn Bay's Will Evans and Bangor duo Sam Bright and Owen Reilly, in addition to Joe Howells (Carmarthen Wanderers), Matt Humphreys (Mochdre), Jack Rimmington (Llandudno), Mali Auty (Connah's Quay) and Jack Williams (Brymbo).

Shining a light on talented youngsters is also a primary role for Wales National County (North).

At Colwyn Bay Cricket Club on April 16, there will be a regional trial game between North Wales cricketers.

"That is ready for three under-19s games we have got this year," added Russ.

These will be against Shropshire, Staffordshire and Shrewsbury School during the course of the season.

Cricket now has so many different formats and the North Wales team will take on Staffordshire in two Twenty20 matches at Burslem on April 8.

The North Wales team will contain Sam Rimmington, Joe Howells, James Claybrook, Jack Gower, Matt Humphreys, Sam Bright, Owen Reilly, Dan Parry, Chris Ellwood, Jack Williams and Will Norman.

"North Wales is in a very, very good place," added Russ.

"It's got a driving force behind it."