ST ASAPH captain Will Ryan is confident his side can replicate their recent success as the cricket season gets underway next weekend.

The North Wales Cricket League Premier Division side were in contention for the title last term before tailing off in the closing stages of the campaign, and there have been a number of squad changes at Elwy Grove Park ahead of what is expected to be a hugely competitive summer.

Joining the city side is the talented Danny Williams, who has signed from Liverpool and District Cricket League Division One outfit Prestatyn, with Liam Moores another notable addition after joining from Northop.

All-rounder Paul Fleming will not be part of the squad after deciding to take a year off from the game, with veteran David North opting to drop down to the seconds and long-serving player Andrew Bellis retiring at the end of the previous campaign.

Ryan, said: “I think it’s a definitely a younger team than in previous years, but I don’t see us weaker at all.

“Taking every game as is comes will be key and not looking too far ahead. I’m sure if we can get some lads into form early season with the bat then I feel we can go well.

“I think Danny joining is a real coup for us. I played with him a lot as a junior and really feel he can go well here. He knows all the lads pretty well and will fit in fine. Liam is also another very good addition and I am looking forward to having him here.”

The skipper is expecting another big title challenge from defending champions Menai Bridge, and they begin their quest for the crown with a tricky trip to The Oval to take on Llandudno.

“I think Menai (Bridge) will still be the team to beat, then I think from there down it’s pretty even with most of the teams. I’m hoping we can push as high as we can,” added Ryan.