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WEEK 1 RESULTS - Follow new link in text below (more) UPDATED - full 2nd XI roundup

Date: 25th April 2021

Opening day wins for Northern, Rainhill, Ormskirk, New Brighton, Birkenhead Park, Northop Hall, Highfield,Lytham, Southport Trinity, Caldy and Wavertree.Second XI highlights include Brown century

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2nd XI Round up – Week One

The individual highlight of the opening round of fixtures came in Division Two where Sutton (St Helens) Lancashire / Manchester Originals women's star Natalie Brown recorded her (and probably the first ever by a woman) maiden LDCC century in scoring an unbeaten 113 in a drawn game against Parkfield Liscard. Together with Thomas Nolan (77), they put together a 121 run stand for the 3rd wicket . Captain Gary Ratcliff top scored with 71 for the hosts as he and Mark Pickthall (his 50 not out being his first since 2008) eased to a draw.

The only other half century in the Division came from Maghull's Frank Byron with a maiden 58 in their home draw with Norley Hall. Woodcock 45, did enough to help the visitors earn the draw as the ninth wicket pair batted out for ten overs to thwart the Maghull attack. Bennett and Stanley each claiming three wickets.

The division's best bowling return came from George Campbell whose 4/23 devasted St Helens Town's top order as they managed just 69. Southport Trinity taking just 17 overs to earn a nine wicket victory.

Caldy started off by successfully chasing down an Alder total (built over 58 overs) of 154. In a game where the highest single score was 34, there were lots of contributions with both bat and ball.

 

In the Premier Division, reigning champions Wallasey met promoted Firwood Bootle and were too strong for the Wadham Road side but not without an early scare. Coming in with his side struggling at 30/4, the returning Mykel Graham added stability with 89 in a total of 176. Three wickets each for Meskell and the veteran Billy Smith. Only Gallimore with 34 offered much resistance as the four Wallasey bowlers all claimed victims in Bootle's response of 74.

Southport & Birkdale hit the division's top score of 244 with Holliday 84 and Aston 61 putting together a century opening stand in their side's victory over Lytham. Debutant Sainsbury, who joined from Blackpool, scored 74 and Cartmell 51 but Lightbown's four wicket haul helped limit the visitors to 190.

Formby returned from Moor Park with a hard earned win against Northern. Opener Wade Williams' 67 was the main stay of the Northern total of 174 (just failing by one run to reach the new maximum batting bonus point total). Jones 55 and Booth 46 took the chase to the home side before Kenyon's unbeaten 32 saw the visitors ease home by six wickets.

Newly promoted Newton le Willows also returned home with the points with a seven wicket win. In a Lyon family affair opener Alex with 75 and Ian 44, helped to overcome New Brighton's target of 157 which was largely built around Adam Neal's quickfire 48. Five wickets (for 59) for Nathan Hughes did the main damage.

New Skipper Daniel Clubbe took 6/44 as Liverpool dismissed Orrell Red Triangle in what became a close run affair by three wickets. Whiteley, the games highest scorer, with 36.

Ormskirk had the better of the day against visitors Sefton Park but could not force victory in the only game to end in a draw. Aaron Cheung an unbeaten 74, Rao 49 and Sam Hepke 41 the best. Youngster Leo Spilsbury with 45 not out was largely responsible for helping to see out the game.

 

Due to continuing restrictions in Wales, in a limited programme the four remaining games Division One fixtures all produced results. Ainsdale's Philip Causey battled in vain by claiming all seven (for 51) of Birkenhead Park's wickets to fall as they successfully chased down a target of 180. Hirds unbeaten 53 proving the difference. Earlier Fitzpatrick scored 62 (which took him past 3000 runs on play cricket) and Barlow 40 in a strong opening stand for the hosts. Four wickets for Pyrke.

Wigan, trying to bounce back to the top division, opened their account with an emphatic win at Rainford. Daniel Yates, with his second century, hit an unbeaten 105 as his side topped 220 despite Fenney's 4 wickets. Pollitt produced a little resistance but Jack Maddocks four wicket return ended the game.

Another side to win on the road were newly promoted Leigh who took the spoils in the Wigan area derby with a three wicket victory over Spring View. Kieron James hit a best ever score of 73 for the home side before coming one of Zach Donohue's five wickets (which also his first five-fer 5/48). Humphreys 48 laying the foundation with Zach also chipping in with an important 35 with the bat.

The final winners were Rainhill who relied largely on Mark Viggars with an unbeaten 69 aided by Duffy with 41 and Morgen 36no in their chase of Old Xaverians total which was built around the innings of Joseph Staunton with 53no

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