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Cricket: Northop must refocus after missing out on promotion

IN Division One NORTHOP’S promotion push fizzled out late in the season but they still pulled together a winning draw to finish the campaign.

After a dazzling run in the Village Cup, Northop were hoping to achieve a Premier Division place but it wasn’t to be.

They posted 211-5 at Bersham thanks to top performances from Darren Williams (70) and Harry Lewis (41).

Stubborn resistance from the hosts saw them cling on to finish with 186-7 (Andy Poynton 2-30).

HALKYN meanwhile completed a campaign fought at the opposite end of the division with a losing draw at home to Bethesda.

Safe from relegation, Halkyn saw the visitors close on 147-8 (Kevin Jones 3-33).

After tea Matt Williams opened with 32 but the hosts stuttered to 101-9.

In Division Two CARMEL AND DISTRICT’S win at Corwen was not enough for a promotion place.

Corwen made 125ao (Christopher Davies 4-20, Michael Harrison 3-31).

Carmel just edged it with 126-8 (Nick Washbrook 25, Jonathan Hunter 23)

NORTHOP 2nds avoided relegation despite losing to Bangor 2nds. Bowled out for 98, Northop saw Bangor cruise to 99-5 to win.

PONTBLYDDYN 2nds’ season came to an inauspicious end at Abergele after they were skittled for 67 and Aber made 69-5.