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Cricket: Northop Hall to return to Village Knockout

NORTHOP Hall will return to compete in the National Village Knockout this season after dropping out of the Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division.

The prestigious cup, with its final taking place at Lord’s, is not open to teams in the top flight but Hall’s relegation to Division One paved the way for their return.

Having received a bye in the first round, Hall have drawn Derbyshire and Cheshire League side Broadbottom in the second round at Smithy Lane

Hall began their preparations for the season with a six-wicket victory over hosts Birkenhead St Mary’s in Group Eight of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy last Saturday.

After Danny Clubbe’s 3-21 and Jake Farrow’s 4-6 helped Hall bowl St Mary’s out for 95, their batsmen made short work of the run chase, Michael Littler hitting 44 and 2nd team captain Samuel Jackson an unbeaten 22 as they made 96-4.

Hall, led by Gareth Williams after Danny Nolan stepped down as captain, will continue in the trophy at home to Alder on Saturday.

Their league campaign will begin on May 5 against Orrell Red Triangle at Smithy Lane.