IT'S taken a bit of time, but St Asaph are back at the top of the North Wales Cricket League's Premier Division.

Last season's champions made it five wins from five matches to kick-off the current camapign as they saw off the challenge of Pontblyddyn by 142 runs.

Saints' skipper Will Ryan called correctly at the pre-match toss and he opted to make first use of the Elwy Grove Park batting track.

That turned out to be a sound decision, with the home innings being spearheaded by openers Mathew Ryan and Dan Evans.

The duo compiled a first wicket stand of 84 to set the ball rolling in fine fashion.

Ryan was the first batsman to depart for 37, while Evans made 40.

Making sure the momentum of the innings was able to continue were Duncan Midgley (50), Will Ryan (35), Jurie Norval (28 not out) and Nathanael Scott (26).

All of this meant that St Asaph made 237 for six from their 50 overs.

Best of the Pontblyddyn attack turned out to be Jonathan Byrd (2-44) and James Hughes (2-45).

The visitors were soon in trouble when it was their turn to bat.

Former Saints' player Ben Mason made 16 at the top of the order, but Jason Foulkes (2-7) and Dan Evans (2-25) had Pontblyddyn on 29 for four.

Byrd (20) and Chris Myles (17) did attempt to spark a recovery, but the ball remained mightier than the bat and the innings was ended on 95.

Also among the wickets were Danny Ryan (4-9), Mathew Ryan (1-14) and Jurie Norval (1-19) as the Saints bagged all 15 points that were on offer.