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Restart Knockout results - week 8
Saturday 19th September 2020

group winners position in group
A Southport Trinity 4th
B Northern 2nd
C Hightown St Mary's 1st
D Rainhill 3rd
E Liverpool 1st
F New Brighton 2nd
G Leigh 1st

Southport Trinity might have lost all six matches in Group A but their fortunes changed when it came to the play offs. They beat group leaders Southport and Birkdale by five wickets, after losing to them by 128 runs the previous week, and then beat Ainsdale by three wickets in today's group final.

Ainsdale began their innings disastrously, losing both openers without a run on the board. The middle order then took over as the Liverpool Road side eventually posted a respectable 193-8 in their 45 overs with Thomas Wainwright top scoring with 48. Sean Cragg took 4-33.

Trinity then lost their openers cheaply but Wim van der Walt, batting at three, hit a match winning 92 not out from 118 balls with 7x4s and added 72 for the fourth wicket with Jonny Hine  who was bowled for 48. Trinity edged home by three wickets in a nail biting finish with two balls remaining.

Group A winners, Southport and Birkdale, had to be content with third place after beating Fleetwood Hesketh by 140 runs in a 40 over match at Trafalgar Road. The Sandgrounders 'find of the season', Jack Carney, hit 63 and Dean Skelton 56 not out added 94 for the fourth wicket as they went on to 251-4 before dismissing Hesketh for just 111 in 30.3 overs.

Northern had a comfortable win against Ormskirk in Group B after bowling out their visitors for 133 at Moor Park. Liam Grey then hit an unbeaten 53 to ease home by eight wickets.

Bootle took third place after beating Formby in a twenty over match at Cricket Path. Bootle reached 196-5 thanks mainly to Vishal Tripathi's 72. Sam Oldham continued where he left off last week when Formby replied. He hit 96 from 56 balls with 15x4s and 2x6s and added 95 for the third wicket with James Seward (40) but Formby fell short at 176-6.

Hightown St Mary's continued their good work by beating Sutton by 82 runs in Group C. Arslan Dar hit 73 in Hightown's 202-9 who then bowled out Sutton for 120.

Alder failed a raise a team in the other match against Maghull.

Rainhill were another team that struggled during the Group D matches but came good in the latter stages of the competition. They totalled 188-9 against group winners, Rainford, who were then dismissed for 140.

Newton le Willows' run machine, Ben Walkden, hit 68 not out in their 113-2 after St Helens Town rallied to 110 all out after being 18-6 with Dominic Chambers having bowling figures of 9-6-7-4.

Liverpool made it eight wins out of eight in Group E after reaching 148 against Old Xaverians at Aigburth. This modest total was too much for Xavs who could only reach 119.

Richie Conlan blasted an unbeaten 100 from 85 balls with 12x4s and 1x6 in Sefton Park's 242-4 against Wavertree who were bowled out for 206 to leave them without a win in their eight games.

Wallasey went into today's match on the back of seven victories in Group F but today they came down with a bang which left their season in tatters. Electing to bat against old rivals, New Brighton, Louis C Botes rearranged Jamie Crawley's woodwork with the first ball of the match. Their middle order recovered from the shock and they reached 180 with Sebastian Botes taking 4-47. The Rakers went on to win by six wickets with Dan Cooke hitting 50.

Birkenhead Park rattled up 258-8 against Caldy who could only reply with 153.

The Group G title went to Leigh who beat Highfield by 101 runs at Beech Walk. Leigh's 244-5 was out of Highfield's reach as they were dismissed for 143.

Wigan won the remaining match against Norley Hall. John Richardson hit 89 of Wigan's 214 all out and then Matt Dawson took 5-16 in Norley Hall's 165 all out.

results at a glance