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ECB Premier League - Weston takes Sandgrounders to memorable win
Saturday 2nd June 2012

Only two ECB Premier League matches, Bootle v Southport and Birkdale and Leigh v Maghull were 'live on air' via TCS.

Southport and Birkdale celebrated their first win at Wadham Road since 1998 when Abey Kuruvilla took 7-29 as Bootle were dismissed for 60 and the Sandgrounders went on to win by eight wickets. Only two of the side are still playing in the L&DCC, Mark Fletcher and Malcolm Swift, with Swift now at Ainsdale.

Bootle recovered from 39-2 to post 225-7 after 50 overs thanks to a second successive century (110*) from David Snellgrove. There were three wickets each for Chris Firth (3-59) and Scott Lees (3-66). Will Purser removed the first three Southport batsmen with only 39 on the board but his stampede was halted by Logan Weston and Mark Fletcher. The pair added 165 before Fletcher edged former team mate Josh Hine to the wicket keeper after making 50. Justin Labuschagne quickly became Purser's (4-55) fourth victim but Scott Lees saw it through with Weston whose unbeaten innings of 143 from 151 balls included 17x4s and 3x6s. scorecard

Northern escaped with a two wicket win against New Brighton at Moor Park to keep hold of first place. After being 70-5, the Rakers recovered to 139-6 but their last four wickets fell for 4 runs as Tom Sephton (4-28) dismissed the tail. Nicky Caunce was again amongst the wickets with 3-32. In reply, Northern were in trouble at 90-7 but Caunce (16) added a crucial 31 with Ben Sloan who ended with an unbeaten 31 as Northern edged home despite Ashraf Nawab claiming 66-1. scorecard

Ormskirk won on their last two visits to Lytham but they failed to make it a hat trick. Once again their top order batting was suspect as they collapsed to 111-8. Gavin Griffiths (26) then added 64 with Martyn Farrell (30) to give Ormskirk a fighting chance with 176. Oliver Newby took 3-54. Lytham's opener Nick Knight batted throughout the innings for 91 as the other batsmen had problems with Ormskirk's bowling but they got home by three wickets. scorecard

Leigh suffered a third successive defeat, losing to Maghull by three wickets. Jonathan Wells helped himself to a second century and shared an opening partnership of 127 with Chris Riley (54). Wells was 106 not out (111 balls, 16x4s, 1x6) when the declaration came at 223-4 after 41 overs. Sairaj Patel (49) and Andy Hewitt (65) took Maghull to 200-3 but, despite losing four wickets for seven runs, captain Jonny Ring guided them to their second win of the season with an unbeaten 44. scorecard

Colwyn Bay are still without a win after drawing at Hightown. They declared at 200-8 with Jordan Evans top scoring with 74, Aaron Halsall (4-47) and Ian Sutcliffe (3-66) taking the wickets. Hightown lost three early wickets but they recovered and finished on 146-7 with Paul Jenkins taking 4-32. scorecard

Highfield declared at 250-8 from 52.1 overs after being asked to bat by Rainford. Andrew Hargreaves was amongst the runs again with 58 and Mike Farrell 55. Mark Williams took 4-75 for Rainford. In reply, the visitors slumped to 93-6 before Joseph Noctor (46*) and Stuart Benzies (22*) played out time to take the score to 153-6 at the close after 49 overs. scorecard

results summary

 ECB PREMIER LEAGUE
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bonus points

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. . . . . .   . . .   . W W D/L D/L pen .
. P W WDf T D (D) L LDf ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts

PTS

   
. . 20 25 15 .   . -10 5   5 . . . . . .    
1   Northern 5   5   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   (0)   0   13   10   0   0   0   123   CL
2   Lytham 5   4   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   (0)   0   5   10   0   3   0   98   L
3   Bootle 5   3   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   (0)   0   2   2   7   7   0   78   L
4   Southport and Birkdale 5   3   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   (0)   0   0   10   4   3   0   77   L
5   Ormskirk 5   2   0   0   2   (0)   1   0   0   (0)   0   7   0   11   10   0   68    
6   Highfield 5   2   0   0   2   (0)   1   0   0   (0)   0   5   5   9   8   0   67   L
7   Maghull 5   2   0   0   0   (0)   3   0   0   (0)   0   2   2   5   9   0   58    
8   Leigh 5   1   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   (0)   0   5   0   14   14   0   53    
9   New Brighton 5   1   0   0   2   (0)   2   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   10   15   0   45    
10   Hightown 5   1   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   (0)   0   5   0   7   11   0   43    
11   Colwyn Bay 5   0   0   0   3   (0)   2   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   14   18   0   32   R
12   Rainford 5   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   12   17   0   29   R