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Cricket: Victory in vain as Northop Hall miss out on promotion

A THUMPING final-game victory was not enough to earn Northop Hall promotion from the Liverpool & District Competition First Division.

Gareth Williams’s men did all they could on Saturday by winning at Formby by 162 runs.

That, however, was not enough to move them up from third to second and above Fleetwood Hesketh, whose seven-wicket success over Newton-le-Willows ensures they will take their place in next year’s Premier Division alongside champions Wallasey.

It was tough to take for a Hall side who won their final five completed games of the campaign.

Michael Littler was their star at Formby. He hit an unbeaten 104 from 124 balls to fire the visitors to 269-5dec.

Danny Nolan (54) and Alex Smith (31) also contributed for Hall, who then bowled their hosts out for 107 inside 29 overs.

Nolan (3-12), Joe Williams (2-18), Edmund Markey (2-25), Will Higginson (2-33) and James Hurlin (1-5) shared the wickets.

Northop Hall 2nds, meanwhile, finished sixth in the 2nd XI Premier Division after winning their final match by seven wickets at home to Formby 2nds.

Paul Higginson (58) and Daniel Clubbe (4-36) starred.

Shotton Cricket Club are already planning for the 2013 North Wales League season.

Shotton, whose first team play in Division Three, are looking for a Level Two player-coach who can assist with the development of the club’s senior and junior players.

Anyone interested can contact Alan Evans on 07855 560328 or Chris Fox on 075403 10526.

You can also call Alan or Chris for more information regarding Shotton’s junior and senior winter nets sessions which are running throughout September on Wednesday evenings.

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