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LIONS THIRD AT HALF WAY MARK

"It's important the young lads learn how to win games, it becomes a habit."


As we have reached the half way mark in the season, the reigning champions currently lie in third place, 17 points off top spot.

We look back at the first half of the season with skipper Jack Rimmington to assess the season so far.

"It has been a very positive first half" the skipper started. "We started the season very slowly, but we were managing to grind out wins from poor positions. It's so important that the young lads learn how to win games, it becomes a habit."

The Lions have a 9-2 record from their 11 games, which includes victories against Menai Bridge and Bangor, the two teams who sit above them in the table. Their two losses have been against teams who are dark horses for the title, the ever improving St Asaph and Denbigh.

"Obviously losing those two games was very disappointing, but it is important that we understand that we were outplayed on those days, these things happen and you move on to the next one. The two games we lost, we followed up with wins."

There have been some standout performances in the season so far. Jack Rimmington leads the bowling charts with 21 wickets including a decisive 6-40 against Bangor. Mathew Jones is not far behind with 19 and has also taken a 5 wicket haul, bagging 5-23 in a tight contest against Denbigh. The final 5 wicket haul came from fellow spinner Rhydian Morgan who took 5-41 in Llandudno's biggest win of the season at Hawarden Park.

With the bat, Daniel Evans leads the way with 370 runs and a high score of 111. Robin Smith sits on 325 with a high score of 82. Rhydian Morgan has also passed 300 runs and has a half century to his name, 52 against Bangor.

"We are just focusing our attention on playing good cricket, enjoying ourselves and if we win games then that makes the day a little better." Rimmington continued. "We are not thinking about who plays who and points in matches. If you get distracted with that then it prevents you from focusing on your game. We have shown that even with losing more first team starters, we are capable of mixing with the top teams. The young lads are going well again and is a real positive. Everyone is contributing, we are not reliant on one or two individuals to do the work, we muck in as a team and that bodes well. We shall see what happens throughout the second half but I think there are some surprises in store."