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ECB Premier League - Ormskirk hailed champions after drawing at Bootle
Saturday 2nd September 2017

Ormskirk went into today's match at Wadham Road needing seven points to lift the John Tristram Cup for winning the ECB Premier League for the fourth time in ten years. They elected to bat against Bootle and were soon on the chase. Andy Baybutt and Mike Jones opened with a stand of 86 in 23.4 overs before Baybutt was out for 46. Josh Bohannon (80*) joined Jones (90*) and the pair added 153 in 27.2 overs before the bell rang at 239-1. That meant five points in the bag, two more required. With Jakson Knight, Vishal Tripathi and Mike Farrell back in the pavilion with 73 on the board it was ironic that the batsman who gave Ormskirk their next wicket and the title was Bootle captain's, Craig Prince, when he was bowled by Tom Hartley for 1. Luke Procter hit an unbeaten 75* and Will Purser, 44, as the match petered out to a draw with Bootle on 199-6 after 53 overs. The defeat sends Bootle down to fourth place, twenty points behind second placed Rainhill.  scorecard

The fight is on for second place. Rainhill began the day with a point advantage over New Brighton and finished seventeen ahead after beating their rivals by three wickets. The Rakers' innings was built around Andy Clarke's 121 (120 balls, 13x4s, 1x6) before they declared on 251-8 after 59 overs with Arun Darekar being one of the day's bowling centurions as he took 5-101. In reply, David Atkinson (105, 115 balls, 12x4s) and Tyler McGladdery (67) opened with a partnership of 171 in 32.2 overs but when they were dismissed within 5.2 overs of each other, another five fell for 51 before Mike Rotheram and James Clarke took them home by three wickets.  scorecard

Northern are back up to fifth after beating a star packed Formby at Moor Park. Northern batted on after tea and reached 162 in 62.3 overs with opener Liam Grey carrying his bat for 84 (179 balls, 8x4s). Lancashire's current 1st XI left arm spinner Stephen Parry claimed 5-20 in 16.3 overs against his former club. Another current Lancashire 1st XI player, Tom Bailey, bowled Formby's opener James Seward first ball and they then slumped to 65-5. They went on to 138-6 and within range of Northern's total but four wickets for four runs in fifteen balls left them twenty runs short with Tom Sephton taking 5-45.  scorecard

Colwyn Bay drop a slot to sixth after drawing against Leigh at Penrhyn Avenue. After losing two wickets for 62, the visitors piled on the runs with Ross Zelem hitting his fifth league century, 102 from 168 balls with 10x4s and 1x6 and featuring in a third wicket partnership of 180 with Adam Shallcross who registered his fourth league century, an unbeaten 100 from 118 balls with 11x4s and 2x6s. Leigh declared on 246-3 after 59 overs. The Bay slumped  to 117-6 in reply but Will Higginson (86) and Huw Roberts (29*) added 104 as they held on at 228-7.  scorecard

Wallasey sent Southport and Birkdale one step nearer relegation at the Oval. The Sandgrounders lost their last six wickets for thirty runs in twelve overs as Chris Bourne (5-42) mopped up the tail. Greg Beaver (39) and brother Danny (33) opened Wallasey's reply with a stand of 63 before Alex Eagles (44*) took them home by eight wickets.  scorecard

Bottom club Ainsdale need a miracle to survive the drop but they posted 245-6d with ease as Faiz Fazal (129, 143 balls, 15x4s and 3x6s) and Andy Davies (42, 138 balls, 6x4s) opened with a stand of 160 at Church Road. Lytham have been struggling in recent weeks but despite half centuries from Taylor Cornall, Tom Hessey and Ryan Maddock, they ended seven runs short of victory.  scorecard

results

 ECB PREMIER LEAGUE 
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bonus points

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. . . .   . .   . .   .   . W W D/L D/L pen .
. 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    Ormskirk 20   13   0   0   0   4   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   0   37   23   32   24   0   376   CL
2    Rainhill 20   12   0   0   0   4   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   30   9   22   17   0   323   L
3    New Brighton 20   11   0   0   0   3   (0)   6   0   0   0   (0)   0   10   24   24   28   0   306    
4    Bootle 20   11   0   0   0   6   (0)   2   0   0   1   (0)   0   25   15   21   17   0   303   L
5    Northern 20   10   0   0   0   2   (0)   6   0   0   2   (0)   0   27   10   22   20   0   289   L
6    Colwyn Bay 20   10   0   0   1   5   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   10   13   29   15   0   282    
7    Leigh 20   8   0   0   0   3   (0)   9   0   0   0   (0)   0   4   11   27   32   0   234   L
8    Wallasey 20 6 0 0 1 3 (0) 10 0 0 0 (0) 0 8 5 28 32 1   207    
9    Lytham 20   5   0   0   0   5   (0)   10   0   0   0   (0)   0   3   9   35   47   0   194   L
10    Formby 20   4   0   0   0   4   (0)   12   0   0   0   (0)   0   8   5   32   39   0   164   L
11    Southport and Birkdale 20 2 0 0 0 4 (0) 14 0 0 0 (0) 0 4 5 34 49 0   132    
12    Ainsdale 20 2 0 0 0 3 (0)   15 0 0 0 (0) 0 0 5 45 34 2   122   R



the remaining matches


Saturday September 9th

Ainsdale v Wallasey
Formby v Colwyn Bay
Leigh v Rainhill
Lytham v Bootle
New Brighton v Ormskirk
Southport and Birkdale v Northern




 

Saturday September 16th

Bootle v New Brighton
Colwyn Bay v Southport and Birkdale
Northern v Ainsdale
Ormskirk v Leigh
*
Rainhill v Formby
Wallasey v Lytham

* to be rearranged owing to Ormskirk being in the Royal London Club Championship final on the following day.