NORTHOP HALL proved director of cricket Dave Kennedy correct as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Rainford.

Kennedy insisted that Hall had nothing to worry about heading into their clash with the Liverpool Competition Division One leaders, and his players backed up those words.

Spin duo Enamul Haque (4-61) and James Hurlin (4-85) combined impressively for Hall as Rainford were restricted to 173 for nine from 60 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Hall’s reply got off to a difficult start as Hurlin departed first ball, while Jac Kennedy (20), Michael Barnes (16) and Alex Smith (21) got themselves out after doing the hard work.

A 66-run partnership from Haque (41) and Josh Andrady (30) settled Hall’s nerves, but there was still work to be done.

Carwyn Johnson proved the Hall hero as he struck an unbeaten 17 from eight balls at number 10 to see his side across the line as John Dotters bagged 7-63.

Hall Seconds and Thirds both played out respective draws with Norley Hall Seconds and Maghull Thirds.

The Flintshire side posted 200 for three against Norley, who dug in to finish on 164 for nine, while the Thirds finished on 134 for five in chase of Maghull’s 208 all out.

Chirk continued their Shropshire League Division Two title push with a convincing 131-run over Wroxeter & Uppington.

Nick Flack, pictured, was the star of the show for Chirk as he struck a 81-ball 108, including 13 fours and four sixes, while Luke Gardner hit 50 not out to help his side to 235 for seven.

Captain Andrew Swarbrick and Flack then caused havoc with the new ball, the former picking up 4-15 and the latter adding 3-24 to his century.

Wynn Jones also helped himself to 2-24 as Chirk skittled their visitors for just 104.

Chirk Seconds were also in fine form as they cruised to a 10-wicket win at Cae Glas Seconds.

Connor Bailey bagged 3-16 as eight-man Cae Glas were bowled out for 104, before Samuel Davies (54 not out) and Ian Skinner (38no) saw their side to victory.