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Date line – 21st  September

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 Division 1.

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.


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:-

1st XI Player of the Year – Will Higginson

2nd XI Player of the Year – Dave Hodgson

3rd XI Player of the Year – Robbie Rimmington.

Clubman of the Year – Kumar Kurukkal.

Special 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.


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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

For further information on cricket matters click on "About Us" for contact details.



 Please note that the junior nets start on 7th October and will continue for 10 weeks


 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.