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Business Assistance KO - Ormskirk cruise into semi finals
Sunday 12th August 2007

Ormskirk cruised into the semi finals of the Business Assistance Knockout Trophy after completely outclassing their First Division opponents, Rainhill, who had elected to bat at the Recreation Ground. Richard Smith (41) and Mike Rotheram (20) opened with 56 and the total had reached 122-2 when Rainhill lost four wickets for 31 before finishing on 157-6 after 40 overs, Andrew Ellis 56.

It was then a case of chase the ball as Ormskirk's openers Matty Glayzer and John Armstrong set about their task. The pair had added 154 in just 19.1 overs when Armstrong, on 97 (70 balls, 13x4s, 3x6s), attempted a 'big one' to bring up his hundred and victory but instead was caught on the edge by Ben Edmundson. Victory came 10 balls later with Glayzer remaining undefeated on 47 (54 balls, 6x4s).

Ormskirk now travel to Colwyn Bay next Sunday, 19th August for a 12:30pm start. scorecard

Trophy holders Bootle made amends for recent defeats when they beat Northern by 62 runs at Moor Park in a 30 overs per side contest. Winning the toss, Bootle reached 196-7 with Graham Lloyd making 41 from 39 balls and adding 61 for the third wicket with Craig Prince (45). Adam Warren hit a straight six onto the 3rd XI pitch in his 30 from 26 balls.

Northern began their reply against an attack without regulars David Snellgrove and Stephen Parry, both sidelined through injury. The score was on 34 when Francois Haasbroek went for 8 and two balls later Ronnie Davis claimed a vital scalp, that of Steve Mullaney for 0. Northern's hopes then hinged on Nick Woods but when he went for 58 to a diving catch at long on by Warren, the total was 131-6 and the match was all but over with Northern needing ten an over. The tail collapsed for a further 3 runs and Bootle set themselves up for a semi final tie at Wadham Road against New Brighton on Sunday 26th August at 12:30pm. scorecard

In the 2nd XI Chester Cup semi finals, Leigh came from Southport Trinity winners by 3 wickets and with Sefton Park defeating Huyton by 53 runs, they stage the final on Sunday 2nd September at 12:30pm.