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LL L&DCC 2ND XI ROUND UP - Week 14 (24 July)

Date: 30th July 2021

Brook century


Southport & Birkdale continued their recent revival by inflicting only the second league defeat of the season on Premier Division leaders Wallasey. Sam Holliday, on a high following his previous weeks bowling performance (9/36) then found form with the bat with 61 coming in at number nine and helping his side to double their score to 184. Dave Aston with 51 with Matthew Keogh having taken 6/80 for the leaders. Five Wallasey batsmen made it into double figures but with the best being 22, no-one was able to put together any sort of threatening partnership as Tom Baybutt with a best of 6/36 (his first five wicket return since 2012) claimed the final wicket. Second placed Ormskirk failed to capitalise as they were beaten on their trip to Formby. 82 from Aaron Cheung together with 51 from Ryan McNally and 48 from Gill meant they passed 200 for the loss of just three wickets before a flurry of late wickets in their score of 227. After Jones and Mills both reached 40, Oliver Gallagher with an unbeaten 72 to ease Formby to a 3 wicket victory.

Orrell RT took the opportunity to move into second place with a 24 run win over Northern. Steven Unsworth with his second best score of 80 not out together with 46 from Clarke added 126 for the unbroken 6th wicket. Three Newton batsmen passed 30 led by Thistlethwaite (42) before he became one of four wickets from Clarke which proved decisive. Sefton Park youngster Leo Salisbury hit two sixes in the final over in his 56 not out (his best score at this level) to claim a nailbiting 1 wicket win over local rivals Liverpool. Veteran John Crossley top scored for the Aigburth men with 55 (his sixth season in the last seven where he has at least one Fifty) and Sutcliffe added 43 with Aitchison taking four wickets.

Firwood Bootle recorded their first win of the campaign and moved off the bottom with a six wicket win at Northern, thanks to 97 not out from their captain Callum McGee (his highest at this level) aided by Hart with 39. Tom Meskell with 5/55 was the main threat to Northern with Browne 43 and Biddlestone 37 their best. New Brighton’s narrow 4 run defeat at Lytham drops them into 12th place. They had a strong start to their reply with Tom Horrocks 65 and Daniel Shillinglaw 51 taking the total past 100 for the loss of just one wicket. Once Kulwinder Virdee got into his groove, wickets fell at regular intervals as he finished with 6/56 (his best figures since 2010). Ryan Norris had top scored for Lytham with 77 for them, aided by Macaulay 42 as they recovered from 46 for 5 (four wickets for Cureton)

Standings – 1 – Wallasey 290 pts. 2 – Orrell RT 223, 3 – Ormskirk 213

Division One has new leaders as Colwyn Bay took advantage of Old Xaverians draw, as they beat second placed Birkenhead Park as the top four played each other. Batting first, Spillane with 43 was the top scorer as the top order all passed 25 bar one. Bright and Pitman with 36. Jamie Moorhouse then ripped out the opposition top order as only two batsmen reached double figures before Evans’ late 41 run held up the victory. Moorhouse claiming his best ever bowling figures of 8/45. For Leigh, a 128 run stand for the 5th wicket after being reduced to 25/4, between Michael Bentham 93 and Rees Abbott 61 enabled the home side to pass 200. Ian Formby taking six for 49 (his 22nd instance of a Five-for). Old Xaverians also struggled early on, being 75 for six before Weeks and Barnes each scored 40s as the game drifted to a draw.

The highest score was achieved by Rainford who amassed 236 thanks to Mark Brook’s 113 (his first century since 2013) and 58 from Raymond Cosgrove. A solid start by Highfield saw them reach 80 without loss but once Lee Martinus was out for 79, only Callum Martlew with 55 offered much resistance as Iain Fenney collected his best figures of 5/61. Wavertree also passed 220 thanks to Adam Carus McDonald’s first century at this level (100 not out) and 40 from Bartley. In response, Mark Viggars was unbeaten on 61 although it needed determined innings from Yate and Harvey to earn Rainhill a draw.

A good team performance in Wigan’s successful run chase as seven players reached 15 or more led by Yates (46 and 4/37) and Whittaker (42no). Spring View’s Nathan Barnes followed up his 77 not out (his best score) with 5/54 and was unlucky not to be on the winning side for his efforts. A similar tale as Ainsdale had six players reach double figures with James McKittrick 55 and Lucas 40 the best in a 71 run victory over Northop Hall. Arden with 25 as wickets fell regularly for the Smithies Lane side with Rigby 4/35 the most successful bowler.

Standings – 1 – Colwyn Bay 215 pts, 2 – Old Xaverians 205, 3 – Birkenhead Park 200.

Division Two top two teams both won as they put a little more distance between themselves and the third place side. Fleetwood Hesketh’s Greg Pennington top scored with 83 and Sykes collected 44 as they passed 200 but declined the opportunity to declare on 45 overs. Christy Byrne then took 5/39 as Maghull struggled after a solid opening stand raised 40. Brown with 29. Southport Trinity kept on their coat tails with a 76 run over Norley Hall. Jones with 30 the best for Trinity as seven players reached double figures as Simpson collected 4/52. Trinity main bowlers (Firth, Campbell and Roberti) all took three wickets as only Cottom with 24 and Taberner 23 were able to pass 13.

Sutton St Helens in third place had a bad day at the office losing heavily to Caldy. Michael Grealis with 86 was the backbone of the victorious sides total with Ashcroft next best with 26. Nathan Beck then collected five for 20 as only two Sutton players reached double figures. Dave Gregson’s six for 29 helped St Helens Town dismiss Alder for 112 with Fearnyough 45 the only innings of note. Shuttleworth (30) and Ellis (29) opening stand made inroads into the chase before Moscrop 20 closed it down. Four wickets for Harrison.

Hightown St Marys decision to bat on was justified as they dismissed Prestatyn to win by 17 runs. Five Hightown players led by McCann 32 and Raw 30 reached 19 against Steven Edwards collecting only his second five wicket haul (5/41) in ten years. Despite Ahmad’s 45 and Kaimal 37, Prestatyn could not garner enough runs elsewhere.

Standings 1 – Fleetwood Hesketh 261 pts, 2 – Southport Trinity 232, 3 – Sutton (St H) 178

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