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2nd XI Round up - Week 4

Date: 24th May 2022

Formby & Lytham top of Premier

2nd XI Round up – Week 4 (14 May)

The top two in the Premier Division both won with Formby winning a high scoring affair against near neighbours Southport & Birkdale. Michael Booth, with his first century at this level, shared a 162 run stand with promising 15 yo Lucas Kennedy whose 73 not out was also his best for the 2nds as they helped the leaders declare on 223. Jack Stanley, making a rare appearance for the Twos, led the S&B reply with 60, but a five wicket haul from Alex Powell proved crucial in restricting the visitors to 213 all out. Halsall with 36 and 28 each from Wallbank and Phillips. Colwyn Bay's bowlers shared the Sefton Park wickets with Williams 3 for 8 the best as the Liverpool side suffered a middle order collapse after reaching 90 for 2 before quickly becoming 102 for 6. Patel 45 and Parkinson's 30 the best. Shaun Davies with his best since returning from Conwy (59) aided by 34 not out from Bright as they eased to an eight wicket win.

Lytham moved ahead of Ormskirk into third place by virtue of their five wicket win in the game between the two. Ryan Norris claimed five for 32 as only two Ormskirk batters passed 20 led by Inkson's 25. Dunn's unbeaten 47 ensured the victory as he watched wickets fall at the other end. 76 from Liverpool's Adam Dunsmore was his best for the 2nd XI and laid the foundation for Simmons and Hogan to add a fifty plus unbroken partnership for the 5th wicket. Northern were never in contention after three early wickets fell and apart from 27 from Tweedle, no other Northern player reached 20. Christian Edwards wrapped up the innings with 5 for ten.

Newton le Willows had little answer to Orrell's opening pair of bowlers who took just 17 overs to dismiss the visitors with Gareth Houghton taking five for 13 and Tabener claiming three. Matthew Hayes and Stuart Craig were both dismissed for 53 as four other batters reached double figures for Orrell. Jenkins with four wickets. Birkenhead Park completed the clean sweep of home victories over Wallasey as Dan Jordan's impressive start to the campaign continued with an unbeaten 82 (his third fifty so far with a fourth to come next week). Charlie Jones recorded his maiden fifty (after 14 years of playing) with an unbeaten 52. John Pugh with his 34th career fifty offered the only resistance as the next best was 16. Wickets shared between the five bowlers.

Leigh remained the only club in Division One with a 100% win record as Martin Glover scored an unbeaten 92 out of the 140 required as his side fairly easily chased down Rainhill's score. After losing half of their side for just 36, Williamson with 43 and Edwards 33 helped Rainhill reach some respectability. Ben Smith with his best figures in senior cricket since 2014 by taking five for 38. Spring View moved into second place in the table with a resounding victory over Firwood Bootle. Batting first, Harry Cooper scored a best of 85 as he dominated the innings with Speakman and Barnes (not out) scoring 27 each the next best. After moving to 58 for two, once Meskell was dismissed for 46, the remainder of the home side had no answer to Nathan Barnes who took his second career seven wicket haul (for 27) plus a run out for good measure, with Bootle losing the next eight wickets for just 12.

Another comfortable victory was recorded by Southport Trinity. Will Marsh top scored with 60 and there were major contributions of 42 or more from Morris and Damen. Northop Hall struggled to build partnerships as only Doggett reached 20. Mike Sears claimed his first five wicket return since 2013 with figures of 5 for 43. Roberti continued his productive start to the campaign with another four wickets. Rainford's Chris Tonge with 88, together with 32 from Brook, made short shrift of chasing down New Brighton's challenging declaration of 181. Daniel Johnstone had earlier scored 57 as he shared in a 73 run stand for the 4th wicket with Horrocks (40 not out).

Fleetwood Hesketh's early season struggles continued as Old Xaverian's Chris Doyle recorded his first five wickets (5 for 32) since 2017 as Paul Regan almost alone (with 69) and Benish Shukla 35 the only players to reach double figures. It wasn't all plain sailing, once Dilworth 42 no and Harrison 38, were separated, Appleton with four wickets caused a few nerves before Xavs won by 4 wickets. Wavertree held out for a draw thanks to Callum Jacob whose score of 64 was his best at this level (until next week's effort) and some determined lower order resilience as the faced Wigan's daunting score of 221. Daniel Yates scored an unbeaten 136 (bettering his previous best of 134) at better than a run a ball for Wigan.

In Division Two, leaders Highfield suffered their first defeat in a close run encounter with Sutton (St Helens). Sutton with Anders 33 and 22 from Dodd as Matthew Wallace claimed six for 37 as they were dismissed for under 140. Highfield struggled to move on from starts given by six of their players who reached double figures but not bettered the 21 from Aspey. Four wickets from Greener in a 18 run victory. Ainsdale took advantage to move into top spot as Alex Rigby first five wicket performance (for 18) since 2013 and his best for the 2nds helped dismiss Prestatyn fairly cheaply. Friar chipped in with four wickets. Ainsdale's total was based on a solid opening with Barlow, Oughterson and Fitzpatrick all scoring 33 – 35 before Friar added 33.

A first win for Alder, largely thanks to an unbeaten 67 from Gethin Wood and 44 from Skilbeck helped them overhaul Hightown St Mary's score which featured 83 from Mark Tamburro (his best ) and 27 from Williams as she celebrated her call up to the Barbados side in the forthcoming Commonwealth games. Parkfield Liscard also recorded their first victory with a 41 run margin over St Helens Town. John Warrington's first fifty since 2013 with 68 the main stay of the victors innings despite John Gibson with 5 for 23 (his best since 2014 when he played for Haydock). Opener Gregson scored 47 but no other batter passed 15 as Gamage took 4 wickets.

Maghull held Caldy to a draw as they batted out for 110 for six down with fifteen yo Byron 30's not out a master of determination. Paul Beck with 58 and 62 from Harry Beddard added a near hundred or more for the 4th wicket for the home side. Four wickets for Challinor.

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