ECB Premier League - Jo's all round Angel delight
Saturday 1st June 2002

Leigh's Jo Angel entertained the Beech Walk crowd in the match against Wigan as the entire area was bathed under hot sunshine for probably the first time this season. After Andy Batterley 31 (38 balls, 5x4s), Andy Mullaney 37 (60 balls, 5x4s) and Gareth Cross 27 (62 balls, 2x4s, 1x6) had laid a foundation to the Leigh innings, Jo Angel turned on the fireworks with 62* from 50 balls with 4x4s and 3x6s in a 50 over declared total of 192-6 with Mark Shorrocks taking 3-59. Andrew Stock 37 (30 balls, 4x4s) and Nikhil Haldipur 27 (55 balls, 4x4s) were Wigan's leading batsmen as their side slumped from 115-5 to 117 all out in 47.2 overs with Jo Angel, having removed opener Mike Spencer, returning to mop up the tail to finish with 15.2-4-44-6, all his victims being bowled with Chris Melia assisting with 4-31.

Richard Hignett (88) and John Hitchmough (40*) added 94 for Bootle's third wicket in a total of 200-7d in 45.4 overs against Maghull at Wadham Road, with Liam Crilly taking 4-55 in 13.4 overs. Maghull struggled to reply and were dismissed for 108 (Niall McDonnell 22) in 42.1 overs with Chris Sainsbury (4-37).

Northern fielded for 64.3 overs as Lytham went on to 165 all out, Jimmy Wisniewski (74) and Peter Fulton (49) with Phil Unsworth 3-16. Vaughan Williams (86) and Graeme Morris (39) helped Northern to victory in 34.5 overs with 16.1 remaining.

Saleem Elahi's 102 from 135 balls with 10x4s, 4x6s and Paul Horton's 37 should have been a foundation for a big total by Sefton Park at Ormskirk but David Snellgrove (6-65) and Mike Taylor (3-46) stopped that idea with Sefton slumping to 166 all out in 55.5 overs. The home side slipped to 53-3 but skipper Snellgrove 59* (10x4s) joined John Armstrong 68* (8x4s, 1x6) and added 117* for the fourth wicket to register a second successive win for the champions in the third over of the last hour.

New Brighton batted on after tea at Northop Hall before declaring on 145-9 after 69.2 overs, Simon Verry (36) and Neil Cross (30) with Majid Khan (3-21) and Arshad Khan (3-46). Louis Botes took 3-36 in 13.4 overs as Northop Hall went on to a winning 146-4 after 42.4 overs with Paul Trickett (70), Dave Kennedy (31*) and James Dyer (20).

Worsley equalled Northop Hall's lowest Premier league total of 41 at the Oval after Wallasey had declared at 221-5 in 47 overs after Phil Luxon 76 (7x4s, 2x6s) and David Conlan 72* (7x4s, 2x6s) had shared a fifth wicket partnership of 103, Paul Strang adding 30. With Worsley's wicket keeper being injured, Wallasey had to take only nine wickets, Paul Thistlewaite helping himself to five of them in figures of 10.4-5-10-5.

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