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ECB Premier League - Northern defeat sends Formby to the top
Saturday 12th May 2018

Formby are celebrating tonight after their win against Rainford took them to the top of the ECB Premier League by a single point for the first time in its history. Rainford were 19-3 before Comrey Edgeworth (51) and David Snellgrove (39) added 77. Ben Aitchison then took a career best 5-23 to leave them 135 all out after 46.1 overs. In reply, Karl Brown (39) and Lukman Vahaluwala (36) added 74 for the fourth wicket as Formby eased home by five wickets with Steve Birkett taking 3-20.  scorecard

Northern started the day as leaders and began their game at Bootle with Liam Grey taking a career best 8-46 as the home side were bowled out for 114 in 36 overs. Northern reached 85-5 but Chris Liptrot (5-54) and Will Purser (4-36) bowled them out for 108.  scorecard

Following two defeats, Ormskirk are back to winning ways after totalling 224-3d at Church Road with Andy Baybutt  (76) and Josh Bohannon (74) adding 128 for the second wicket. Lytham were 69-3 but the collapse started with Tom Hartley taking 3-13 and Ryan Maddock 3-21 to leave them 102 all out.  scorecard

Last week Leigh hit 246-5 with ease but today was a different story as Colwyn Bay's Ryan Holtby (4-40) and Paul Jenkins (4-16) bundled them out for 93 at Penrhyn Avenue. The Bay lost three wickets on their way to their first win of the season.  scorecard

Highfield posted 233-8d from 50 overs at Rake Lane where Darshan Misal was stumped two short of a maiden century after he and skipper James Taylor (61) had added 158 for the fourth wicket. Louis C Botes took 4-67 for New Brighton who responded with 224-7 in 55 overs with Botes completing his match with an unbeaten 56 as his father watched as the other not out batsman.  scorecard

The remaining match at Rainhill also ended as a draw where Wallasey ended 22 runs short of their target. Tyler McGladdery top scored with 88 out of Rainhill's 222-5d after 50.5 overs with Matthew Wilcox taking 4-68. Alex Eagles hit an unbeaten 91 as Wallasey finished on 201-5, Arun Darekar taking 3-57.  scorecard

results

 ECB PREMIER LEAGUE 
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bonus points

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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    Formby 4   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   2   10   1   5   0   78    
2    Northern 4   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   6   5   1   5   0   77    
3    Bootle 4   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   0   0   0   0   75    
4    Ormskirk 4   2   0   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   0   10   0   2   4   0   56    
5    Wallasey 4   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   2   0   4   7   0   53    
6    Leigh 4   2   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   1   (0)   0   6   0   0   1   0   52    
7    Rainhill 4   1   0   0   0   2   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   5   0   9   8   0   42    
8    Colwyn Bay 4   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   3   11   0   34    
9    Lytham 4   1   0   0   0   1   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   4   9   0   33    
10    Highfield 4   0   0   0   0   3   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   10   13   0   23    
11    Rainford 4   0   0   0   0   1   (1)   3   0   0   0   (1)   0   0   0   10   12   0   22    
12    New Brighton 4   0   0   0   0   1   (0)   2   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   6   6   0   17