JOSH ANDRADY struck an unbeaten century as Northop Hall maintained their Liverpool Competition Division Two promotion push with a 57-run success over Southport Trinity.

Having won the toss, Hall were wondering whether electing to bat first was the right decision as they quickly found themselves five for three, opening duo Alex Smith and James Hurlin departing without scoring.

But teenager Andrady stepped up to the plate, the number three hitting 110 not out from 131 balls, which included 20 fours.

Andrady found support in the shape of Jamie Hodgson (45) ans the returning Jamie Griffiths, who struck an unbeaten 50 from 47 balls as Hall posted 222 for four declared.

Hall's new ball partnership of Jack Billington and stand-in skipper Dan Clubbe claimed a wicket apiece after the turnaround, before the spin of Hurlin and Andrady took centre stage.

Hurlin made up for his failure with the bat to bag 5-48 from 24 overs with Andrady continuing his fine game with 2-24.

Clubbe returned to take the final wicket of the match, Southport out for 165 to hand Hall an impressive victory.

Hall are now just eight points behind second placed Caldy, who beat Hightown St Marys by 30 runs, while Old Xaverians are 13 points clear at the top.

Old Xaverians skittled Alder for just 28 before easing to 29 for one to wrap up a nine-wicket win from just 30 overs.