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Cricket: Higginson conjures up hat-trick to inspire Norrthop Hall win

A HAT-TRICK from Will Higginson and a century from Danny Nolan led Northop Hall to a thumping 188-run victory over Newton-le-Willows in the Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division.

Starting off with the bat, Nolan rediscovered his form as he heaved 15 fours and a six on his way to 104.

It was the only large contribution to the innings, but the modest totals gathered down the order left Hall with a good 245-8.

But if Nolan entertained in the first innings, after tea Higginson added a sensational encore as he demolished the visitors.

After dismissing opener Steven Appleton and number three Christopher Chambers for four runs each, Higginson’s tail was well and truly up.

And as he faced the middle order, he produced a spell of bowling that captivated those on the sidelines as he claimed a hat-trick of specialist batsmen.

After taking the wicket of Danny Barlow for 16, his next ball did for replacement Neil Birchall.

And he was almost lapped back to the pavilion by Anthony Presho, who had barely taken guard when he was sent back.

Higginson finished with 5-14 and the job was finished by colleagues Adam Hodgkins (2-12) and Richard Williams (3-22).

Newton-le-Willows were left devastated and were bowled out for just 57.

Northop Hall progressed in the Flintshire Knockout Cup with a three-wicket win over neighbours NORTHOP.

Batting first, Northop struggled to get going, Liam Naylor scoring 39 as they made 108-6.

But with the ball, Northop – fielding a side propped up by young talent – almost had Hall despite Michael Barnes’ 54.

By the end, Hall’s run rate carried them home with 109-7.

HALKYN travelled to face cup holders MOLD at Chester Road as big underdogs.

But they gave their hosts a scare by posting a challenging 119-4 off their 20 overs.

Opening batsman, 17-year-old Matthew Williams, enhanced his growing reputation with a superb knock of 83 which included 11 fours and three sixes before he was dismissed with the last ball of the innings.

Pick of the Mold bowling was Richard Crane with 3-31.

In reply Mold were in trouble at 17-3 but a 64-run partnership between Usman Butt (47) and Cliff Wiseman (37) put them back on course for victory with 122-5.