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Cricket: Northop Hall out of Ray Digman Knockout Trophy after washout

RAIN put paid to Northop Hall’s hopes of qualifying from the group stages of the Liverpool and District Competition’s Ray Digman Knockout Trophy.

The cancellation of their Group Eight tie against group leaders Leigh ended their hopes of reaching the next phase and confirmed Leigh’s qualification as champions.

Hall ended up third behind Alder, solely as a result of Hall having a slightly inferior run-rate.

Hall skipper Gareth Williams was not happy with how things worked out, but must now focus on preparing his side for their assault on the Division One title, as they bid to bounce straight back into the Premier Division.

“It was a disappointment to lose out to the weather rather than in the middle,” he said.

“Especially when we were looking forward so much to measuring ourselves against one of the leading sides.”

Hall 2nds also played Leigh 2nds in Group Eight of the Chester Cup for second XI sides.

Josh Smith made 47 and Gareth Fox 39 as Hall posted 145-9.

It was too little as Leigh had set a target of 202-6, meaning Hall 2nds also did not qualify from the initial group stage.