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Bank holiday Saturday started off like many weekends this season – raining!

Nevertheless, the 1st XI started on time against Colwyn Bay only to leave the field after just nine balls because of heavy rain.  Play, however, resumed after some thirty minutes and the day got steadily brighter as time went on.  The Hall won the toss and invited the Bay to take first knock.  A wet outfield and a wet ball did not help matters and the Bay’s scoring was fairly sedate until the fall of its third wicket after which Johansen and Campion put bat to ball and added a quick 73 for the fourth wicket.  This allowed the Bay to close its innings on 190 for 5 after 48 overs.  Will Higginson put in a marathon stint of 19 overs taking one for 76.  With both an injury to Adnan Malik and other players not being available Mike Littler chipped in at the end with 2 wickets for 31 whilst Ed Markey took 2 for 13 off his eleven overs.

In reply the Hall’s shortage of batting was evident in that only the top five batsmen got into double figures with Will Higginson top scoring with 36.  The innings came to an end with just 124 runs on the board.

Northop Hall’s 3 points meant that Colwyn Bay’s 24 slipped the home side down to sixth in the table.


The 2nd XI was faced with a long drive to Lytham which was hardly a “local” bank holiday fixture.  What with holidays and the overlap of football, hockey and cricket seasons, we could only find 10 men to make the journey and after putting the home side in struggled to get them out.  Whilst Matthew Hodgson bagged an early wicket, Lytham’s opener Chris Hill (81 not out) and wicket keeper Jason McGrechin (78) piled on the runs and the home side eventually declared at 220 for 6 in 45 overs with Luke Davis taking 3 for 58.

In reply, the Hodgson duo, David (80) and son Matthew (48), set out to chase down the target but the side was just 26 runs short at 195 for 5 when the overs (43) ran out and the game finished in a draw.

Lytham 6 points, the Hall’s 7 points keep us just above the relegation zone.



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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 junior section.

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.

The function room is available for hire for parties, business meetings, receptions, christenings, etc.

For further information on this please contact Simone Lusted on 07920 584489 or email

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