Table-toppers Saints Stars A are poised for a rare North Wales League and Cup double after pulling off a crucial 3-2 victory over rivals Wrexham-Brymbo in their key battle for the Division One crown.
The Prestatyn visitors looked in trouble following defeats for George Thomas 3-0 and Will Powell 3-1 but veteran Steve Daborn led the fight-back with an essential win in four games.
Wales teenager ace Emyr Evans made it all-square when he defeated his Stars Academy and international stable-mate Hannah Davies 3-0 to leave the result resting on the shoulders of Emyr’s sister and world-ranked professional Tesni Evans. Finding herself trailing 2-1 Tesni had to draw on all her grit and experience to get back to 2-2 and maintained the momentum into the winner-takes-all final game to grab an important decider for delighted Saints.
This latest success means that Saints now require only a couple of points from their two remaining matches to be certain of the title before they bid for a golden double in the League Handicap Cup final on May 8.
St Asaph Firsts denied Saints C a win in their tight derby tussle at Meliden despite arriving a player short.
Saints only on-court winner was Alex Pendleton as Liam Jones fell to Simon Dutton, Andy McGilveray to Alex Whittle and Sam Wallace to Ian Carpenter but Saints B continued their climb up the Division Two table after being awarded a walk-over by defaulting opponents Deeside Seconds, who were unable to raise a team.
Meanwhile, Saints D were left celebrating a promotion triumph after toppling hosts Elfed 4-1 in their encounter at Buckley.
Young Tyra Beattie was unable to make it a full house but Lowri Roberts, Steve Harris, Simon Noon and Phil Owen all produced winning performances to leave Saints on the verge of taking the Division Three title.