NORTHOP HALL know a victory against rivals Caldy secures promotion from Liverpool Competition Division Two - and captain Dave Kennedy isn’t thinking about any other outcome.

A ruthless 10-wicket win at Spring View lifted Hall to the top of the table with two games remaining, fixture free Caldy slipping from the summit to third with Old Xaverians taking the final promotion place.

Hall hold a 17-point advantage over Caldy heading into tomorrow’s clash at Smithy Lane with victory guaranteeing them a spot in Division One next term.

A draw would give Hall the advantage heading into the final week of the season, but Kennedy knows trying not to lose the game could create problems.

“If we win then we are up, so that’s got to be the aim,” said Kennedy. “We can afford to draw, but the danger is that we lose it by being negative.

“We want to try and get 25 points and make sure we are up heading into the final weekend of the season because Old Xaverians, who are two points behind us should beat Southport Trinity.

“It would be really good if we could beat Caldy and win promotion this weekend.”

Asked whether there are any nerves heading into a make-or-break fixture, Kennedy said: “There aren’t really any nerves, it’s more a determination.

“Before last Saturday we knew the importance of beating Spring View to set up this weekend and everyone was up for it from the very first ball.”

Indeed, Hall needed just 37.1 overs to polish off Spring View, who were skittled for 64 before the Flintshire outfit cruised to 66 without loss.

“It was a great win,” said Kennedy. “It makes this weekend a little easier, but it was pleasing to perform with bat and ball.

“(Dan) Clubbe, Billo (Jack Billington) and Griff (Jamie Griffiths) all bowled really well and then Jimmy (James Hurlin) and Alex (Smith) knocked off the runs required.”

Opening batsman Smith is unavailable this weekend, so Jack Allen will come into the side with Jac Kennedy taking his place at the top of the order.

Hall Seconds are in action as they make their way to Magull Seconds tomorrow, while in Shropshire County League Division Three, struggling Overton play host to Iscoyd & Fenns Bank.