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Cricket: Northop Hall still aiming for Liverpool Competition promotion as North Wales League draws to a close

NORTHOP Hall’s hopes of promotion straight back into the top flight remain alive after a powerful 121-run victory at Sefton Park in the Liverpool and District Competition.

Offered the bat, Hall racked up a mammoth 237 all out.

Alex Smith top scored with 47 while opener Danny Nolan maintained his fine form with 41.

Two key knocks from tail-enders Syed Ali Mudassir and Ed Markey, who both made 34, added weight to Hall’s push.

After tea Hall then spread the effort with five bowlers taking two wickets each (Hurlin 2-5, Mudassir 2-18, Joe Williams 2-19, Nolan 2-22, Will Higginson 2-48) as Sefton were dismissed for 116

The victory leaves Hall third and still mathematically able to catch Fleetwood Hesketh in the final promotion spot, providing Gareth Williams’ men can beat Formby on Saturday.

In the North Wales League Llandudno took CONNAH’S QUAY’S crown.

The Deesiders’ slow start meant they were unlikely to retain the title and by the time they drew with Mochdre on the final day they were out of the race completely.

Mochdre set 277-8 despite Ryan Holloway taking 6-57.

Quay chased hard with the bat, Darren Jones making 82 and David Fox 84 but they closed on 266-8.

NORTHOP had already achieved their main aim – survival – as they lost by three wickets at PONTBLYDDYN.

Chris Brookes added 28 as Northop set 91ao for their hosts (Mark Neath 5-20) but Pont reeled them in (Neath 26, Darren Williams 4-20) to reach 95-7.

MOLD survived despite a 140-run defeat to champions Llandudno. Chasing 296-4, Mold were only able to get to 156ao.

HAWARDEN PARK will officially return to the Premier Division as champions of Division One after defeating PONTBLYDDYN 2nds by five wickets.

Pont scored 102-9 (Ed Jones 33, Craig Wilson 6-11) before Park strolled to 103-5 (Jason Biddulph 65, Jones 2-4).

HALKYN mounted a massive run-chase to beat Conwy by six wickets.

A score of 204 was a major challenge, but Halkyn batted well (Duane Williams 70, Corey Walters 43no) to reach 205-4.

CARMEL AND DISTRICT will play in Division Three after they were relegated from Division Two.

A brave effort to chase 215ao almost came off, but Carmel ended up all out and 30 runs short despite Andrew Skates’ 65.

A seven wicket defeat by promoted Bodedern was not enough to send NORTHOP 2nds down.

Bart Beswick hit 40 as Northop racked up 146ao but Bodedern eased to 149-3 to earn their third successive promotion.

BUCKLEY were promoted as champions in style, beating Gwersyllt Park by 27 runs.

Mike Lewis made 66 as the home side set 121ao before skittling Park for 94ao, James Blackwell taking 4-12 and Simon Nicholls 4-37.