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LL L&DCC 2ND XI ROUND UP - Week 15 (31 July)

Date: 4th August 2021

Lawrenson & Fisher hit hundreds

2nd XI ROUND UP – 31st July Week 15

Wallasey returned to winning ways after last week’s hiccup. On a slow scoring pitch, the Premier Division leaders reached 164 at the 45 over point and, trusting their bowlers, declared. Top scorers were Rylance with 40 and Williams 34 as all the top seven reached double figures. Matthew Keogh then responded to his captain’s decision, taking three early wickets before Dunsmore 49 and Bleakley 30 put together a partnership before Keogh took two more wickets to finish on 5/23. Sutton chipping in with 3 wickets in a 37 run victory. Orrell RT recorded their third successive victory as they maintained their second placed position thanks to 89 from opener Matthew Wareing, aided by 35 from Mahoney as they cruised past Lytham’s score of 155. Jaccob Sainsbury’s 51 with 31 from Norris the only two contributions of note. Four wickets for Houghton.

Ormskirk’s faltering challenge continued as they lost their fourth successive game to a Northern side in a close encounter. Matthew Wood with 52, his maiden half century at this level, with a display beyond his 14 years, was the main scorer for Northern. Two Ormskirk players reached 37 with Hepke’s 39 the highest ahead of Lawrenson but the next best was 11 which three players reached as they had little answer to Harry Howat’s excellent 7/41 which more than doubled his best previous return of 3 wickets although the runs conceded in his bowling figures may actually be overstated. New Brighton, thanks largely to six wickets for 30 from captain Andrew Evans who needs just five more as he rapidly approaches 600 play cricket wickets, as well as the inclusion of regular 1st XI wicket keeper Adam Neal who hit a quickfire 73 to chase down Sefton Park’s undercooked total. 32 from young Stirling for the vanquished.

Looking to add back to back victories, Firwood Bootle lost a close encounter with Newton le Willows by 11 runs. Euan Tully with a campaign best of 62 the mainstay of Newton’s innings, helped by 35 from Connolly. Four wickets from Meskell who then added 39 as the reply was propelled by 58 from Joe Nagle but from a promising position of 133 for 4, five wickets fell cheaply despite Nagle’s efforts. Four wickets for Knowles and Yates.

Standings 1 – Wallasey 314 pts, 2 – Orrell RT 248, 3 – Ormskirk 221

Birkenhead Park are the new leaders of Division One thanks mainly to Louie Evans first five for when he claimed six for 30 which helped dismiss Northop Hall for under 100 in their quest to chase down a Dan Jordan (62) inspired 181. Thirty three from Cooper and a couple of twenties. Liam Evans – Ford did his best for the vanquished with four wickets, two run outs and top scoring with 36. They replaced Colwyn Bay at the head of the table as nine man Leigh travelled to Rhos on Sea and returned with the win. Batting first Hayes 41 and Ben Cleworth 31 laid the foundation for their 137. The Welshmen struggled against Khalil Ahmed who claimed his second six haul of the month (6/33) as only Clarke with 43 offered any solid resistance. Leigh moved into second place.

Old Xaverians lost the opportunity to take advantage of Colwyn Bays defeat when they drew with Wigan. Ouwerkerk and Whittaker scored 40s with the top three also scoring at least 26 as Wigan batted on for 54 overs to reach 194. Old Xaverians last pair were at the crease after Joe Lyons 56 and Weeks 43 had laid the foundation of the reply. Jackman taking four wickets. Spring View eased to a seven wicket win after inserting Wavertree who failed to put together any major partnerships. Bartley with 27 the best as the wickets were shared around with Gornall taking 3 for 3 to wrap up the innings. Opening pair Speakman 46 and Robinson 34 broke the back of the chase before they were dismissed.

A similar tale as Rainhill dismissed Highfield for 103 where Craig Asprey’s 53 not out accounted for half of his teams total. Four wickets each for Williamson and Morgan. Despite losing three wickets before reaching double figures, Groom, Harvey (25) and Edwards all reached 20 or more in a three wicket win. Rainford successfully chased Ainsdale’s 136 (Lucas unbeaten on 48, Newcombe 37). Thirties from Brook and Hemingway and 28 from Steven Harrison in a five wicket win.

Standings 1 – Birkenhead Park 225 points, 2 – Colwyn Bay 221, 3 – Leigh 220.

In Division Two, Fleetwood Hesketh put further distance between them and second placed Southport Trinity. Looking in trouble after being dismissed for 129 thanks to Callum Kelly’s best figures of 6/29, with Modhi 33 his sides best, Fleetwood’s Paul Mullen then claimed six of the best of his own (6/13), his best since 2011 as St Helens Town were dismissed for 71. After passing 200, thanks to 59 from Ollie Butler and Phil Jones 52, Trinity’s bowlers could not end the stubborn resistance of Parkfield Liscard’s rearguard as the game ended in stalemate. Moore was the most stubborn with a 70-ball 19. Four wickets for Roberti.

Norley Hall enjoyed a sizeable 150 run victory over Alder. Daniel Fisher with his maiden 100 unbeaten together with thirties from Tabener and Halliwell allowing their side to reach 237. Facing such a daunting target was always beyond the West Derby side as James Woodcock took 5/37 as they lost the last eight wickets for 19. A closer affair at Caldy saw the home side beaten by 12 runs by Hightown St Marys. 38 from Ashcroft, the games top score was important for Hightown. Caldy’s own Ashcroft replied with 26 but the failure or any other player to go an add to their starts was decisive. Four wicket for Pilley.

Maghull also had a empathic victory as they lost just two wickets in passing 200. Macaulay Lawrenson with an unbeaten 134 (his second of the season after a ton for the thirds). Tom Connolly then collected five Sutton (St Helens) wickets to dismiss them for 86

Stadings  1 – Fleetwood Hesketh 284 pts, 2 – Southport Trinity 240, Maghull 198

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