Cricket: Northop Hall find best form as Premier dream slips away
WITH just two games remaining Northop Hall’s hopes of an immediate return to the top table in the Liverpol and District Competition look almost out of reach.
But Gareth Williams’ side are still fighting and beat Newton-le-Willows by four runs in Saturday’s thriller.
Visitors Newton asked Hall to bat and Williams gladly agreed. He unleashed James Hurlin who made a steady 65 to start.
Williams himself got a piece of the action as he came in to clock up 69 and Michael Littler contributed 39 as Hall set a target of 205-7 for Newton to chase.
And chase they did, opener Mike Walkden stepping up with a magnificent 85 to give his side momentum. Another Walkden, Ian, than joined him at the crease and at both ends runs bled out for a while.
Ian Walkden added 64 before he was dismissed by Will Higginson (7-49) and Mike Walkden departed soon after as Williams caught him off the bowling of Danny Nolan (2-44), much to Hall’s relief.
After that Newton’s confidence drained away and the tail collapsed, the final five wickets falling for six runs as Newton fell just short of an incredible run-chase.