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ECB Premier League - Nawab's record eight sinks Lytham at Church Road
Saturday 20th May 2017

Despite rain interrupting matches across the region, it was another day of records for New Brighton's Ashraf Nawab. At Church Road, not only did he take a personal best 8-91 (previous best was 7-26 for Bolton at Liverpool on 01/05/2000), but he also claimed the best figures by a visiting bowler (8-91) since Lytham joined the L&DCC in 1998. The previous best of 7-44 was held jointly by Wallasey's Ian Hemsworth on 23/05/1998 and Southport and Birkdale's Nilesh Kulkarni on 30/08/2004.

New Brighton were invited to bat and were in trouble at 111-5 but Mark Hale (46) added 62 with David While. While (80*) then added 62 with Louis Botes (40*) to enable the Rakers to declare on 235-6 after 55 overs. Tom Hessey (57) and Taylor Cornall (71) opened with a partnership  of 114 for Lytham and were on target at 170-3 but Nawab had other thoughts as he took his eight wickets with the last three falling without addition to the total of 214.  scorecard

Wallasey elected to bat at the Oval where Ormskirk were the visitors. They slumped to 73-5  but with Alex Eagles hitting 64 before being caught and bowled by Nicky Caunce, Wallasey advanced to 163-9 before declaring after 50.5 overs. It took Ormskirk 28.3 overs to reply as they won by seven wickets with Mike Jones hitting 67.  scorecard

Bootle's record of not having lost to Colwyn Bay continues as today's encounter ended as a draw. The Bay's Ryan Holtby took 5-79 as Bootle went on to 190-6d after 36.5 overs with opener Vishal Tripathi hitting 70. Left with 38 overs, the Bay finished on 136-6 with Bootle's skipper, Craig Prince, taking 3-35.  scorecard

Rain brought a premature end to Rainhill's match at Northern's Moor Park where the home side reached 87-4 in 39 overs before the players sought sanctuary in the pavilion.  scorecard

There was a sporting declaration by Ainsdale's captain, Andy Barlow, at Liverpool Road after his team had reached 205-5, Mark Lucas top scoring with 50. Leigh opener, Ross Zelem, hit an unbeaten 112 (75 balls, 13x4s,4x6s) as he guided the visitors home by five wickets after 27.2 overs.  scorecard

The bottom of the table battle at Trafalgar Road ended as a rain interrupted draw. Ian Cockbain declared Formby's innings closed at 131-7 after 36.5 overs. Former Lancashire spinner Gary Keedy then took 5-47 as Southport and Birkdale reached 125-7 at the close.  scorecard

results

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. P W WCn WDf T D (D) L LCn LDf ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts

PTS

   
. . 20 25 25 15 .   . -10 -10 5   5 . . . . . .    
1    New Brighton 5   5   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   10   9   0   0   0   119   C
2    Ormskirk 5   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   10   9   5   3   0   107    
3    Bootle 5   3   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   12   0   7   6   0   85    
4    Rainhill 5   3   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   0   5   4   0   84    
5    Leigh 5   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   5   6   6   0   77    
6    Colwyn Bay 5   2   0   0   1   1   (())   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   5   5   6   4   0   75    
7    Northern 5   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   0   5   4   0   64    
8    Lytham 5   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   10   13   0   43    
9    Wallasey 5 0 0 0 1 1 (0) 3 0 0 0 (0) 0 0 0 11 10 1   35    
10    Formby 5   0   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   9   13   0   22    
11    Southport and Birkdale 5 0 0 0 0 1 (0) 4 0 0 0 (0) 0 0 0 6 16 0   22   R
12    Ainsdale 5 0 0 0 0 1 (0) 4 0 0 0 (0) 0 0 0 15 7 1   21   R