ANOTHER superb summer.

That's the target for new skipper Harrison Jones as Denbigh open their new North Wales Cricket League Premier Division campaign.

The Ystrad Road side were a brilliant fourth in the standings back in 2017 and captain Jones is looking for more of the same this time out.

"Our hopes for the season are to have as good of a season as we did last year," he said.

"Stuart (Griffiths) did a brilliant job for us being captain and our position in the league proved it.

"It's going to a tough season not having an overseas player and there being three teams being relegated, but I'm sure we can still push to be a top-five team."

Last season's overseas player Jackson Braddock-Pajo scored more than 900 runs for Denbigh and while Jones admits he will be tough to replace, the captain is confident that the many talented players in the squad will stand up once more this summer.

"I'm expecting big seasons off most of the lads to be honest, but in particular I think all-rounder Sam Lewis, wicket keeper batsmen Joe Clayton, and bowlers Jack Griffiths, Andy Clark and Joe Lewis will have big seasons.

"Individual performances stand out in cricket, but we are a team that has got to work together if we want to make this season a successeful one.

"Lots of teams have strengthened this year, but there's no doubt we're going to give it a good go."

Denbigh will open their campaign at home to Connah's Quay on Sayurday.

It also promises to be a big season for St Asaph, following their third-placed finish 12 months ago.

Will Ryan’s side emerged as one of the surprise packages last term and they begin their quest for the crown with a stern test against fancied Llandudno at Elwy Grove Park on Saturday.

The city side have kept their squad intact, with the news that overseas star Nathanael Scott is set to return, while Duncan Midgley will improve the top end of the batting order after joining from Mochdre.

Ryan said: “Expectations for this year would be no different to last year, to try and push as high up the table as we possibly can and hopefully a couple of spots higher than last year.

“I think the two teams that have come up, Northop and Pwllheli, are both good sides, so the league will be competitive.”