So that’s that for 2014 on the
playing field - and, following a turbulent week behind the scenes, all our
sides remain safe in their divisions ready for the next season.
The really good news is that,
following an impassioned appeal, the Competition’s Management Committee
reconsidered its decision to penalise the 2nd XI by 25 points and
changed the total penalty to £25 which seems a fair reflection on the
misdemeanour.That left the side
needing just 4 points from its match at Wavertree to secure its future in
Wavertree won the toss and
decided to bat and made a promising start putting on 61 runs for the first
wicket before opener Graeme Gardiner (30) was run out.Wickets tumbled fairly regularly after that
with the other opening bat, Christopher Heath (72), being the only one to show
any real resistance.James Hurlin bowled
tightly in taking four wickets for 42 runs off 18 overs.Luke Davies did for the middle order and
returned 3 wickets for 48 runs and the innings closed at 173 all out.
In reply, the Hall made a solid
start with David Hodgson (28) and Ben Slater (42) putting together 58
runs.It was good to see Ben batting
again and we trust that his shoulder problems, which have plagued his season,
are diminished during the winter months.Runs continued to flow freely and Robbie Rimmington (28) and Luke Davies
(47*) steered the side safely toward a good win by 56 wickets at a run rate of
6.7 per over. Northop Hall 25 points -Wavertree 5 points
Orrell Red Triangle came to Smithy Lane needing
the full 25 points from the match to have any hope of staving off
relegation.After winning the toss, the
visitors elected to bat and set off at a good run rate to get their batting
points as quickly as possible.Siddiq
Patel and Andrew Mottram (33) put on 89 for the first wicket which was then
followed by 91 run partnership for the second wicket before Patel was bowled
for 81 and Mark Friend (51) quickly followed.The visitors finally declared on 245 for 7 with Will Higginson taking
six wickets for 55 runs off 21.2 overs.During the tea interval, low cloud moved in
threatening rain and the light began to fade.After just eight overs of the Hall’s innings, the rain became more
persistent and the umpires took the players off.As the last hour approached, the rain eased
off but the light was far from good and, whilst their chance of victory slowly waned,
the opposition players were still keen to have a go at bowling the Hall out and
agreed not to use their quicker bowlers in the worsening light. Set to take ten wickets in twenty overs,
Orrell managed to send the two openers back to the shed inside five overs but
Mike Littler and Will Higginson batted brilliantly in the poor conditions and
took the score into three figures before Mike was trapped lbw for 36.Gareth Williams coming out from the
comparatively bright pavilion had difficulty seeing the ball but managed to bat
through to get the extra batting point before succumbing in the last over.In the end the Hall’s innings closed on 130
for 4 with Will carrying his bat for 36.It is worth noting that Will took 48 wickets from 272 overs and scored
495 runs during the season. Northop Hall 5 points – Orrell
Red Triangle 7 points.
WINDING UP THE SEASON
The season was finished off with
a presentation and race night in the club house.The accumulated fine money prompted the
purchase of seemingly endless jugs of lager which were thirstily consumed by
the players between the bets on the horses.A superb evening during which the club made over £400.
Paul Higginson, in addressing the
members stated, that the committee had thought it to be long overdue to return
to the practice of making presentations to those deemed to have served the club
best in various roles during the season.The following awards were then made:-
XI Player of the Year – Will Higginson
XI Player of the Year – Dave Hodgson
XI Player of the Year – Robbie Rimmington.
of the Year – Kumar Kurukkal.
presentations made to:-
The scorers Myra Isterling & Louise
Southern without whom the game cannot be played.
George Groves & Terry Littler for
their work on the ground in making it such a wonderful place to play.
Ray Joy for his time and expertise in
rebuilding the scorebox.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Please note that the junior nets start on 7th
October and will continue for 10 weeks
CRICKET CLUB AGM
The Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday, 21st
October 2014 in the Clubhouse starting at 1930 hours.
This event was quite a success
last year so will be held again this year on 30th November from 1100
to 1500 hours.Time to get cards and other
things for the festive season.
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THIS IS NORTHOP HALL CRICKET CLUB
Northop Hall Cricket Club is
situated at the western end of Northop Hall village in the North East Wales county of Flintshire.When the mail service to Ireland was first set up in the 1700s, Northop
Hall was on the original coaching route from Chester to Holyhead.
The cricket club, however, was
established in 1908 on the field in Smithy
Lane where it is to be found today.
The club plays its senior cricket
in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition (LDCC) which is one of the
ECB Premier Leagues.The LDCC embraces
clubs from Cheshire, Greater Manchester,
Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales.
The club has been a member of the
LDCC since its inception as a Premier League with its 1st and 2nd
sides playing in the Saturday divisions.The 3rd XI plays in the competition’s Sunday leagues and this
team is very much the development side for the up and coming players from our
The club has ECB ClubMark
accreditation which, in essence, means that it is a totally safe environment
for children and vulnerable adults.All
its coaches are ECB qualified and carry CRB clearance which is an essential
part of the ClubMark recognition.
The club is very proud of its
youth policy and programme.It provides
coaching for all its youngsters, both male and female, throughout the year and
competitive cricket in the cricket season in both the North East Wales
competitions and those provided by the LDCC.The age groups at which these competitions are run are at under 9, 11,
13 and 15 and some knockout competitions for the older players up to under 21
years of age.(The age groups are in
line with the day school methods of calculation with ages being those at 31st
August in the year preceding that in which they play.)The youngsters are also eligible to play representative
games for both North East Wales and the LDCC with matches being arranged
against other county and league sides.
ClubMark accreditation also means
that membership is available to all who have an interest in the game of
cricket, this interest being in all aspects of the game be it playing,
coaching, officiating (either as an umpire or scorer) assisting in the running
of the club or just coming along to watch.
function room is available for hire for parties, business meetings, receptions,