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Cricket: Runs dry up for Northop at Llandudno

NORTHOP’S survival campaign faltered a little at the Oval as they suffered a 123-run loss to high-flying Llandudno.

While they still have a decent cushion protecting them from the drop zone, Northop skipper Chris Brookes will want to remedy the lack of runs his side put on the board as they were dominated by Tudno’s Gordon Kerr after tea.

The hosts chose to bat and Northop for the most part performed well with the ball.

Average starts for openers Steve Smith (21) and Jordan Kane (27) aside, Northop prevented their hosts from racing to a mammoth total.

Darren Williams impressed with 3-29 and a shock win for the Flintshire side looked on the cards.

That possibility was made less likely by bowler Kerr.

He arrived at the crease and cleaved his way to 46 as he pushed Tudno toward their 179-8 total.

Bart Beswick took 3-51 for Northop as they returned to the pavilion to prepare to chase an achievable total.

but Northop were immediately pinned down by the home bowlers and were never allowed to recover.

A duck for opener Darren Williams was followed by a succession of other single-figure scores as Kerr claimed 8-30 for the hosts.

Jack Darcy top-scored with 11 as Northop were sent home having scored just 56ao.