Division - leaders Caldy skittled for 52 at Huyton
Saturday 1st June 2002
After electing to bat at Huyton, Caldy were dismissed for 52 after 21.5 overs by Ashraf Nawb (5-8) and Mohammad Zahid (5-30) who bowled unchanged. The home side then responded with 53-2 with Carl Menzie (23). On a sunny afternoon, crying out for cricket, the match was over by 3:30 pm
Colwyn Bay closed the gap at the top to 8 pts as they comfortably defeated St Helens by 89 runs at Penrhyn Avenue. Being asked to bat, the Bay batted 55.5 overs for 207-6d with Huw Morris (75) and Siôn Morris (60*), Dave Wallace adding 24. Captain Darren Tyms top scored for the Saints with 35, Roger Burrows adding 21, but Chris Rowley had the last say with 6-44, ably assisted by André Nel (3-20) as St Helens went for 118 in 30.4 overs.
Formby hung on for a draw at the cricket path after Fleetwood Hesketh had declared at 241-5 after 55 overs. Mark Fletcher (69) and Neal Parlane (64) opened with 127 before Steve Rimmer added 45 and Paul Regan (39*). Mark Appleton was again in form for Fleetwood with 5-63 as Formby ended on 191-9 in 54 overs, Duncan Fraser (40), Nathan Hopper (34), James Marshall (23) and Shaun O'Brien (20).
Haydock drop to the bottom of the table after their draw with Southport and Birkdale in which they batted on after the tea interval, before being ultimately dismissed for 243 in 64 overs, Irfan Fazil (57), Darren Matthews (40), Craig Gardiner (36) and Paul Roberts (32). S&B's Danny Adams was dropped fourth ball by the wicket keeper before he had scored and that proved critical as he went on to make 74. Craig Prince had to retire for a period after being banged on the hand by a ball from Irfam Fazil but returned to continue his innings before being dismissed for 42, Mark Baker adding 27 and Graham Standring 23* as Southport finished on 191-4 after 43 overs.
Liverpool, divisional contenders last year and mid table this season, went down by 5 wickets to Hightown at Aigburth after deciding to bat. Jamie Haynes (57), Andrew Rogers (33) and Geoff Blackburn (22) helped put 176 on the board after 58.2 overs, Nilesh Kulkarni taking 5-55 and Nathan Heathcliff-Core (3-52) for Hightown. A competition highest score of 74 by 16 year old Adam Phillips, son of former Liverpool and Sefton Park captain Steve Phillips, saw Hightown through in 46.3 overs with David Moore (42) and Kulkarni (22*).
The sun brought out the best in Orrell Red Triangle's Peter Dickson as he carried his bat to 122* (14x4s) in an all out total of 219 in 57 overs against neighbours Highfield, the next highest score being Stuart Craig's 18, Scott Tie taking 3-40. Highfield were humbled to 27-7, with Neil Middlehurst claiming all of them, but rallied to 100 all out in 35.3 overs, Simon Mollitt (41) and Tony Clark (15). Middlehurst finished with Competition best figures of 12-5-28-7, beating his 7-68 at Fleetwood Hesketh on 20th May 2000.
Newton le Willows were narrowly beaten at Ruskin Drive by 12 runs. Putting St Helens Recs in to take first knock, the home side batted for 58 overs for 211-7d with Stu Lyon (58), Steve Martindale (45), Steve Garvey (30) and Paul Ford (20*), Michael Day taking 3-53 in 16 overs. Day then scored 88 which, with 35 from Aaron Scott, was not quite enough, Pravin Tambe taking 5-77 in his 17 overs.