DIVISION One leaders Denbigh have come through their toughest North Wales Cricket League test of the season so far.

Something had to give on Saturday as Denbigh, boasting eight wins from eight matches, travelled to Hawarden Park, who had won their opening seven matches of the campaign.

Batting first after they won the toss, Denbigh did find themselves in a spot of bother when they were reduced to 47 for four.

Gerallt Lyall did hit a quickfire 20 at the top of the order, but Campbell Marr (2-32) and Michael Wootton (2-41) had Hawarden Park in the box seat.

Enter Archie Sussex and he helped Denbigh to set a decent target at the halfway point.

Sussex struck 80 batting at number four before he was the last man out.

With the support of Andy Thomas (24) Narmer El-Lamie (17 off four balls), Joe Lewis (14) and Andy Clarke (10) the visitors reached 198 for nine at the end of their 45 overs at the crease.

The returning Tom Norris picked up 2-38 for Hawarden Park.

The home side's response came up short on 184 for nine as Denbigh preserved their fine unbeaten record.

Adam Cross (44) and Ian Martin (24) led the way for Hawarden Park, while Denbigh didn't help their cause by sending down a mammoth 33 wides.

Seven bowlers were utilised during the second portion of the afternoon and the wickets were shared by Tom Schrimshaw (2-12), Alec Lewis (2-23), Joe Lewis (2-29), Andy Clarke (1-7) and Ifan Jones (1-55).

With Halkyn also seeing their unbeaten start come to an end, Denbigh are now a healthy 21 points clear at the top.