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Cricket: HALL IN TILT AT A TOP SCORE; Trickett century is stunning return - LIVERPOOL COMPETITION.

NORTHOP HALL'S former skipper Paul Trickett came in from the cold with a vintage 102 in a stunning opening stand of 179 with partner James Dyer in the Welsh side's quest for a highest ever finish in the Chelmere Homes Liverpool Competition's Premier Division, at home to bottom of the table Worsley.

Lying in fifth place, the Hall are eyeing up an unprecedented third place and gave themselves every chance of another big killing by hammering a season's best 245-3 declared off just 43 overs.

Trickett was at his masterly best, smashing 20 fours in his first century for three seasons. Young wicketkeeper James Dyer, a Lancashire trialist, wasn't far behind with 85, in-cluding 15 fours as they laid the foundations, in the best opening partnership for years.

Pakistani duo Majid Khan (31no) and professional Arshad Khan (16) then added 43 in 13 minutes for the third wicket but Worsley refused to roll over, reaching 70-2 off 34 gruelling overs to hold up the Hall's celebrations.

Colwyn Bay, chasing promotion from Division One, put themselves in a strong position helped by another major contribution from ageless ace Andy Puddle in their home tilt at Highfield. Veteran Puddle hit eleven fours and a six in his quickfire 65 off 66 balls to steer the Seasiders to a testing 202-6 off 57 overs. Skipper Sion Morris set the pace with 34 before namesake Hywel Morris took over with an unbeaten 50, including a six and six fours.

Highfield then found themselves in more trouble as South African professional Andre Nel grabbed 3-33 off nine overs to reduce their reply to a precarious 97-5 off just 24 overs.

Chris Rowley picked up 1-35.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 18, 2002
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