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ECB Premier League - captain Farrell leads way against Bootle
Saturday 3rd July 2010

Highfield openers Michael Farrell and James Taylor exposed the inadequacy of Bootle's total by sharing a stand of 142 to set their side on the way to what may come to be seen as a season defining victory. Taylor made 68 and Farrell finished with 104* (115 balls, 15x4s) as they secured victory by seven wickets in 43 overs. Earlier, Chris Liptrot offered spectators another seam bowling master class, taking 7-80 in 20 overs as David Snellgrove's men were restricted to 185 all out in 53.1 overs, John Salter making 47 and Matty Leah 30. scorecard

The result means that Bootle are now in third place and Snellgrove's side now trail leaders Lytham, some people's tip for the title, by 33 points after the Fylde leaders beat Northop Hall by seven wickets at Church Road. Fayaz Ughradar's 88* and Dominic O'Brien's 76 helped Anthony Mulligan's men to overhaul the Welsh side's 202 all out with 4.4 overs to spare, but Lytham's bowlers had been made to sweat for 66 overs before Northop Hall were dismissed. Danny Nolan made 109 (120 balls, 17x4s) while Richard Openshaw took 4-39 and Marcus Sharp 4-66. scorecard

The most remarkable match of the afternoon took place at Rake Lane where New Brighton scored 194-9d from 53.3 overs against Hightown and then skittled their visitors for 32 from 13.1 overs in just 45 minutes. Seamer Chinthaka Perera wreaked havoc after tea, taking 7-18, including a hat trick, in only seven overs. Martyn Evans, who had made 67 in New Brighton's innings, joined the fun with 3-12. Seven Hightown batsmen were bowled, four made ducks and the best individual score was 6. scorecard

Ormskirk's challenge faltered at Colwyn Bay where Will Hantam was the architect of their six wicket defeat. The South African seamer took 6-27 to dismiss Ian Robinson's team for 114 after being 65-8. David Abraham offering late resistance with 35. Zak Gidlow's unbeaten 45 ensured that the Welsh side's pursuit suffered no panics, although Simon Kerrigan (3-25) included Lancashire team mate Gareth Cross in his haul, bowling him for 23. Cross earlier had Kerrigan caught behind for two. scorecard

Northern posted 233-8d in 55 overs at Newton le Willows with John Wildman hitting 59, James Cole 33, Sean Terry 32 and Chris Tipper 29, Danny Barlow taking 4-45. After the break, slow left armer Michael Baer enjoyed himself taking 5-19 as Newton were dismissed for 88, Mike Jones taking 3-23. scorecard

Basement Prestatyn's ninth wicket pair, Rhys Jones and Richie Williams, added 40 to defy Wallasey's bowlers in a high scoring draw at Beach Close. John Pugh (91) and Joel Huston (83) had provided the bedrock for the visitors' 257 all out in 52 overs with a third wicket partnership of 116, Marripuri Suresh taking 5-55. Steve Giblin's 64 gave the bottom club's pursuit some momentum but Chris Bourne (4-85) and Kurt Roughley (3-72) checked the charge. scorecard