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 Date line - 14th September

The 3rd XI ended its season at Smithy Lane with a seven wicket defeat of Orrell Red Triangle.  This left the side as 5th in the table, level on points with Highfield but placed higher by virtue of having won more matches.  In total, the side won nine of its matches, a number only equalled by champions Lytham, but unfortunately conceded two games during the season, these concessions being to the top two clubs in the division. 

But what of the game?  The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, a decision which they must have regretted when they found themselves with 11 runs for 6 wickets.  Skipper Robbie Rimmington and Jamie Hodgson each claimed three wickets in their opening spells of 4 overs each.  Robbie decided to take the opportunity to let some of the younger players have a bowl and get some experience bowling at a senior level and the Orrell innings was all over in 33.2 overs at 120 runs mainly due to a workman like score of 51 from Charlie Abbott.  Robbie finished with 4 for 9 runs and Jamie 3 for 5.

In reply the home side easily showed its superiority with an opening stand of 48 from Robbie Rimmington (29) and Connor Spencer-Wilson (15) and Alastair Andrady chipped in with an unbeaten 23 off 16 balls which contained 2 fours and two sixes.

Northop Hall 25 points, Orrell Red Triangle 2 points.

Robbie is to be congratulated on steering such a young side to such a good position in the premier league and this promises well for next season.

With the professional having returned, injured, to his homeland and the demands of both the impending hockey and football seasons, the club is struggling to turn out two competitive teams at 1st and 2nd XI.   This was shown by fairly comprehensive defeats to both sides over the weekend and with the 2nd XI only being able to find 10 men for its game at home to Orrell Red Triangle.  The Competition’s ruling that the 2nd XI should be penalised 25 points and £75 for a clerical error on its team sheet against Ainsdale meant that the side is now struggling to avoid relegation when all seemed fairly secure.  This is surely an unintended consequence of an ECB regulation intended to safeguard junior players.

Orrell Red Triangle, who are vying for promotion, had no hesitation in electing to bat and rattled up 205 for 5 wickets in 45 overs which included a good third wicket stand between skipper Paul Mottram (67) and David Everett (54).  In reply, the Hall’s senior trio of brothers David (40) and Peter (39*) Hodgson and Paul Higginson (24) battled well to keep the side in the hunt but it was eventually all out for 139 in 35.3 overs.

Northop Hall 4 points, Orrell Red Triangle 25 points.

The 2nd XI languishes at the bottom of the table 2 points behind both Ainsdale and Wavertree, the latter being its opponents on Saturday whilst Ainsdale visit St. Helens Town which is third and looking for promotion with the top two sides playing each other on Saturday.

The 1st XI , now safe in the 1st Division, met a Wigan side still going for promotion.  Winning the toss and batting first, Wigan’s opening bat Adam Samouelle led the attack with a steady 80 not out and along with captain Alan Redmond (74) put on 131 runs for the second wicket and the home side was able to declare on 239 for 2 after just 46 overs.

The opening pair of Ed Markey and James Hurlin got the visitors off to a steady start with a partnership of 42 but the introduction of spinner Matthew Critchley brought about the regular fall of wickets and the Hall was eventually all out for 138 with with Critchley taking 6 for 44 and instrumental in running out the last batsman.  Ed Markey and Gareth Williams top scored with 26 runs apiece.

Northop Hall 3 points, Wigan 25 points.

Orrell Red Triangle are the visitors on Saturday and looking to save relegation being just 3 points ahead which is in11th position – Wavertree are relegated.



The final games of the season are on 20th September with the 1st XI being at home against Orrell Red Triangle.

There is fine money to be spent in celebrating the end of the season and the main room has been booked for this occasion.

MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT MISS THE RACE NIGHT which will accompany the celebrations - see if you can back a winner to add to the festivity.  WAGS are welcome.


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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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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