James Hurlin was the star of the show with bat and ball as Northop Hall eased to a six-wicket win over Alder at Smithy Lane.

Hurlin began the day by taking 4-39 off his 16 overs of off-spin to help dismiss the visitors for 209 in the 48th over. Josh Andrady weighed in with 4-66 off 10.4 overs while Danny Clubbe also took 1-29, Liam Naylor top scoring with 77 for Alder.

Opening the batting, in-form Hurlin then dismantled the Alder attack with a stunning knock of 127 from just 124 balls, which including a staggering 24 boundaries.

Hurlin found support in the shape of Jac Kennedy, who struck 45 from 66 deliveries, while Jamie Hodgson’s unbeaten 15 saw Hall home on 210 for four in the 38th over.

Hall remain third in the Second Division standings with their latest win but have a game in hand on both Old Xaverians and Caldy in the title race.

Hall’s seconds were left frustrated as torrential rain brought a premature end to their clash at Highfield seconds.

The hosts had posted 189 for three declared, Carwyn Johnson taking 2-24 from 11 overs, and Hall were 44 for two in reply, (Matthew Dunning 26) when the heavens opened.