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WEEK 5 FIXTURES and UMPIRES Update (1) Winners from the weekend (2) Second XI Roundup and (3)3rd X1 Round up

Date: 21st May 2021

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In the Premier Division, five games produced wins for the away teams (Firwood Bootle, Formby, Leigh, Northern and Wallasey) with Northern keeping a 27 point advantage over second place Formby. In Division One, there were wins for Liverpool, Newton le Willows, Old Xaverians, Rainford and St Helens Town enabling Newton le Willows to close the gap on leaders Highfield to six points with a game in hand. Caldy, Hightown St Marys, Maghull, Parkfield Liscard and Southport Trinity were victorious allowing Maghull to retain a six point advantage over Caldy who have a game in hand. 

Week 5 – 18 May second XI Round up

Liverpool's victory meant they were the only team in the top six to record a win in the Premier Division and enabled them to move into second place. Keeper James Wensley with a run a ball 50 aided by Pickering with 48 giving them the back bone of their 174 total. Kieran Vis snaring both of them in his 5 for 72. Adam Tweedle with an unbeaten 62 was the only Northern batsmen to pass 19. Pickering the most successful of the bowlers with 4 wickets. Ormskirk hustled Newton le Willows out for 65 to record their first win of the season as Colin Inkson taking 7 for 7. Although they themselves lost four wickets for 23 before securing the win.

Orrell RT were the divisions other winners as they returned from the leaders Wallasey, with a four wicket win. Alfie Clarke with 6 for 21 as the hosts struggled to turn starts in to decisive innings. Without Steven Unsworth 66, Orrell could have struggled as they appear to have lost their top order fairly cheaply. The two Beavers sharing five wickets. Firwood Bootle's last pair, including veteran Bill Smith who earlier had taken 5/44, his first five wicket haul since 2018 survived several overs to deny the Southport & Birkdale the win. Three wickets each for Crew and Lightbown. Alex Halsall had hit 77 to help his side declare on 174.

Tom Simpson's recent run of form continued as he his an unbeaten 131 to follow last weeks 78. Tom Mills joined in with an unbeaten 62 in a 183 run unbroken second wicket partnership as Formby set New Brighton a daunting target. Solid batting from the Wirral side with three players reaching 30s saw the game end in stalemate. Sefton Park's ground failed to recover from the overnight rain.

Standing -1 - Wallasey 86 pts, 2 - Liverpool 80, 3 - Formby 70.

A similar story in Division One with Birkenhead Park moving into second place as they were the only side in the overnight top six to win. Visitors Rainhill's total (Groom 47) not proving too difficult a chase as Ian Cooper scored 71 to lay the foundations before Pyrke added 30no. Andrew Rose unbeaten 86 was the main difference in Old Xavs four wicket win at Highfield. Four wickets for Grierson as Wallace with 59 top scored for the home side.

 

Wavertree secured a narrow 10 run win over Wigan. Luke Bartley, with his first half century since 2018, finished on 62 and, although Samouelle and Maddocks both hit 40s, Webster's spell of 4 for 40 claimed vital wickets. Northop Hall U14 player Joshua Leach with his best figures yet of 4/10 as Leigh's last six wickets fell for just 18 as they fell to a chastening defeat. Fox with 59 in the Welshman's innings. Four wickets for Abbott.

Jan Gadzina with his best figures since 2014, took 7/39 as Spring View struggled to reach 171. Bamber with an unbeaten 51 the main scorer. Ainsdale lost early wickets and in the end batted out for the draw. Colwyn Bay's game fell victim to the weather.

Standings – 1- Wigan 67 pts, 2 - Birkenhead Park 62, 3 – Colwyn Bay 60.

The top two in Division Two both won to increase their advantage in the promotion spots at this early stage. Leaders Fleetwood Hesketh were too strong for Alder, and although no-one scored more than Regan's 26, six other players chipped in with valuable runs. Christy Byrne then took 6 / 17 to secure a comfortable victory. Southport Trinity also had a comfortable afternoon, dismissing Prestayn for 61 with Jonny Firth 5/13 and Francis 4/14 who then added 33 not out causing the damage in a 9 wicket win.

St Helens Town had a similar nine wicket win away at Hightown St Marys as Matthew Bielby with 85 not out added to three wickets each for Gregson and Shuttleworth proving too strong.

The grounds at Parkfield and Sutton were unplayable.

Standings 1 – Fleetwood Hesketh 78 pts, 2 – Southport Trinity 70, 3 -Norley Hall 48 (RD)

3rd XI Round up Weeks 3-5

 

In the Saturday Premier league, four clubs are seperated by 7 points after week 5, the leading positions are as follows:

Northern (GK) 67, Wallasey 64, New Brighton (3) 63 and Ormskirk 60

With no matches played on weeks 3& 4, week 5 produced wins for New Brighton, Wallasey and

Northern (GK)

Main highlight of the week was Wallaseys Eddie McCulloch 6/11 v Orrell Red Triangle.

In Saturday 1st Div, Bootle, Wavertree and Birkenhead Park (4) are the leading clubs in this division

As with the Premier League no games were played in weeks 3 & 4, In week 5 there were wins for

Sefton Park (4) and Maghull whilst the Birkenhead Park derby ended in a draw.

In the Sunday Premier League it is with regret to announce that Wallasey CC 4ths have pulled out of the competition and there results will be expunged from the records.

After week 5, Liverpool, Southport & Birkdale and Leigh lead the way.

Ian Sutcliffe again took the headlines, this time with his bowling taking 7/24 v South Liverpool

In the Div 1 North, Formby. Orrell Red Triangle (4) and Fleetwood Hesketh lead the way.

In Div 1 South, the weather has restricted the number of games played, Oxton, Merseyside Commonwealth

and Sefton Park (PS) are the front runners

Janu Wewalwala (MCCC) scoring 125 against Bootle and Asiri Gamage (Oxton CC) 114 v Bootle being the main highlights over the last 3 weeks.

Lets hope the weather allows us to be able to play a full programme of matches over the Bank holiday weekend

Eddie Shiff

Chair 3rd XI Sub Committee

25th May 21

 

 

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