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First Division - Formby go second after skittling Saints
Saturday 12th May 2007

Jonathan Taylor produced a devastating spell to claim a career best 9-44 off 12 overs in Formby's destruction of St Helens. The 29 year old ripped through the home order with his medium quick pace, claiming the first seven wickets and thoughts of an all 10 wicket feat looked possible, but he happily settled for his magnificent return as the home side were skittled for 90 (24 overs) to lose by 73 runs. "I have never had more than five wickets before," said the delighted bowler, soon after his dream performance. "I am pretty pleased," said Taylor, before joking: "Tony (Rogan) is not my best friend at the moment. He got the other one! I got the first seven and he got the eighth, but it was just one of those things. I would take nine every week."

The former Northern player in his second season at Formby, bowled four of the nine victims, having begun the season in superb form with five and four wicket hauls in the opening two games. "I only took 37 wickets last year, but I want 50 this time, especially as I am opening the bowling. Hopefully, we can be pushing for promotion this season." The win lifted Formby into second spot, with so many other games the victim of the weather. After being asked to bat, Stephen O'Keefe (64*) and Dave Hadden (41) shared a stand of 68 for the first wicket, and then the Aussie put on an unbeaten 95 for the second with Graeme Morris (39*) out of 163-1d in 33 overs. Then it became the Taylor match.

Newcomers Wavertree made it two wins from three games as they destroyed third placed Ainsdale by nine wickets. Home skipper Matthew Nation (6-43 from 14 overs) and Ian Jenions (4-39) bowled superbly as the visitors were shot out for 96 (Steve Cropper 35) after being inserted. With rain threatening they didn't hang around with the reply, rattling up 97-1 off just 15 overs, due to Graham Gardiner (45*) and Josh Birch (42*).

David Baird starred with the bat for Sefton Park in their draw at Southport Trinity. The 17 year old top scored with 82, sharing a crucial stand of 86 with Dave Poskitt (38), after stumbling to 49-7, and he played the key role in a half century stand for the ninth. Jimmy Haynes (6-45) bowled magnificently for the home side, his spell including a triple wicket maiden, but the home batsmen also had early problems. They struggled to 88-7 (Willem van der Walt 49), before Haynes (28*) saved the day with a stand of 43 for the eighth, out of 131-7 from 36 overs.

Shiv Das hit 63 and skipper Stephen Nealey 51* in Liverpool's 160 (49 overs) after electing to bat at Wigan. They were pegged back by some fine bowling from Mark Shorrocks (6-45 off 16). The home side managed 78-2 (Andy Ford 47*) before rain interfered.

Mike Rotheram (65) led a sound batting show for Rainhill in the draw with Northop Hall. Dominic Sparkes (34*) and Matthew Dooling (32*) added 61 for the sixth wicket to boost the home total to 201-5d from 52 overs after electing to bat. Ata-ur-Rehman (51) responded well as the Welsh side reached 178-6 (42).

Marc Debrabander (70) and Mark Fearnley (38) led a positive response after Orrell Red Triangle had set a target of 195 (58 overs), but play ended with Newton le Willows on 162-6 (45), with Lee Martinus taking 3-22. Earlier, Paul Turner (44) and Richard Smith (38) impressed in the home total.

Prestatyn totalled 121-3 off 35 overs after electing to bat against Highfield, thanks to Gareth Boughey (70*) and Morne Williams (39*).