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Second XI Division One's May 2023 round up (including week 5 details)

Date: 12th May 2023

Jasnani claims best bowling figures so far.

2nd XI Division One Round up – Week 5 (13 May 2023).

Ben Mahoney's unbeaten 86 for leaders Orrell RT allowed his side record an eight wicket victory at Rainhill. Cooper with 33 and Pallett were the other contributors to a successful chase of the home side's total of 170. Home openers Rotherham and Calarco with 30s as Moore's 4 for 35 limited the total to chase. Wigan lost a little ground when Ainsdale's experienced middle order safely negotiated a draw with Friar leading the way with an unbeaten 38 . Nathan Barnes's recent move to Bull Hey looks to have benefitted him with his best ever score of 80 not out. Fairhurst added 47.

Spring View enjoyed a speedy victory over a hapless Old Xaverians. Andrew Bowes is closing in on 350 play cricket wickets as his five for 14 punished the school old boys who failed to get a player into double figures although extras did reach that (though hardly a ) milestone. Three wickets for Cooper. A much closer affair as Wavertree held out to defeat Highfield by an 11 run margin. Bharat Grover with 5 for 50 the one who dented Highfield hopes. Two lower order knocks of 30 from Darbyshire and 28 from Johnson brought the visitors back into the game as they recovered from 82 for 8. Wavertree's Luke Carus-McDonald with a fine unbeaten 68 was the mainstay of the home side's total of 152. Hopkins with 27 the next best. Four wickets each for Johnson and Akhtar.

Southport Trinity enjoyed a comfortable victory as Northop Hall's struggles continued. Only Evans – Ford with 34 managed to reach double digits for the vanquished as overseas recruit Rowley claimed 4 early victims. Eight of the Trinity players reached 10 or more with Rowley the best with 49 despite the best efforts of Michael Arden who claimed 5 for 26 (his 15th such occurance in his 20 year career). The remaining fixture ended in a draw in a nail biter finish with Liverpool's last pair together chasing 8 more runs for victory. Brimelow's unbeaten 17 almost proving decisive. Simmons and Edwards leading the chase with 30s, as former Caldy player Daniel Hamm returning five for 41. For New Brighton, Griffiths 41 and Jones' 32 paving the way for their total of 142. Tushar Jasnani, with the division's best figures so far, with eight for 41 including three return catches.

2nd XI Division One Round up – Week 4 (6 May 2023).

The top two continued on their winning ways, making it four out of four, for both the two Wigan based sides. Orrell RT remained in top spot with a comfortable victory over near neighbours Spring View. Moore with four for 7 and three wickets each for Edgington and Cheetham with Cooper's 23 the best of a low total. Mahoney reached 34 as he made inroads to overhauling the target. Wigan were too strong for a struggling Northop Hall side (feeling the strain of losing too many of last years squad who had to fill in at the higher level). Adam Samouelle, with a run a ball 56 and thirties from Whittaker and Jackman despite David Mellor's best efforts in collecting four for 39. Nathan Barnes then took five for 12 allowing the visitors an early departure.

Liverpool's victory over close rivals Wavertree moved them into third place. Louis Disley with his best figures of 5 for 19 and Jashnani's four wickets helped dismiss the home side for not much more than 100 before Harper fell one shy of a fifty in a seven wicket win. A fifty from Highfield captain Matthew Wallace (who later took five wickets) and 30 from Cunliffe enable the side to reach 160. Roberti with four wickets for Trinity. Overseas Rowley made 20 and Thorpe 18 as the visitors made a solid start in reaching 50 for 2 but four wickets fell for the addition of two runs to turn the game in Highfield's favour.

Of the two drawn games, Ainsdale fell five runs short of their 189 target in trying to overhaul Old Xaverians total. Seven of the old boys reached double figures led by Weeks with 36 and 27 from McKie (his best so far for the club) as they looked to control the experienced Ainsdale side. Four wickets for Mal Swift. Opener Daniel Fitzpatrick was untroubled reaching 54 as wickets fell at the other end. Once dismissed, Swift then scored an unbeaten 45 before time was called. Rainhill never looked close to either winning or losing (despite three wickets late on for 20 runs) their game at New Brighton. Armand Rabot with 79, Gamage 41 and Sam Jones' 66 had put the home side in a strong position in reaching 240. Three wickets for Bullock. Australian Aiden Calarco followed up last week's century with 75 before becoming one of Daniel Hamm's (following his move from Caldy) seven victims (for 69) which took him past 100 career league wickets and bettered only once by him. The middle order contributed value runs and minutes occupying the crease.

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