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