A MIGHTY 10-wicket victory for Northop Hall over Alder has kept the flickering flame of promotion hope burning at Smithy Lane with just five Liverpool and District Competition games remaining.
Alder arrived at Hall’s home ground in good nick and after being put in to bat posted a respectable 134ao.
Hall skipper Gareth Williams took a punt on his side being able to dispatch Alder cheaply as he chose to bowl first and his faith in his attack paid off.
Alder Skipper Scott Aitchison led the way, top scoring with 38 for the visitors, as for Hall Syed Ali Mudassir returned a fantastic display of 5-36, assisted by 3-29 from Joe Williams and 2-21 from Will Higginson.
But a fine display of bowling was simply the warm-up. After the break James Hurlin and Dave Kennedy strolled out and proceeded to complete the victory all by themselves.
Hurlin racked up his highest total of the season as he cracked a wonderful 76no.
His knock included 12 fours as he feasted on any wayward or poor delivery.
At the opposite end Kennedy offered the visitors little respite.
The veteran sent the ball to the rope seven times on his way to 50no as the duo completely took over.
“We bowled and fielded really well and our opening batsmen never looked like getting out,” said a proud Williams after the match.
“It was a tremendous performance and another big boost as we head into the final stages.”
Northop Hall 2nds enjoyed a similarly easy win over hosts Orrel Red Triangle 2nds in the Second XI Premier Division.
Orrell decided to bat after winning the coin-toss but Danny Clubbe went to town with the fresh cherry.
He steamed in to take 7-30 and demolish the top and bottom of the order.
In between Jake Farrow chipped in with some impressive statistics of his own, bagging 3-40 as Orrell were skittled for 74.
Wicketkeeper Ben Slater then opened with an unbeaten 35 to underpin a relatively drama-free innings.
Skipper Sam Jackson posted 11 before he was dismissed but all-rounder Farrow stepped in to finish the job with Slater, scoring 28no as Hall made 74-1.