ECB Premier League - Bootle have a beech walk at Leigh
Saturday 9th August 2003

After crushing St Helens Recs last evening in the Liverpool Echo Knockout Trophy, leaders Bootle continued their successful start to the weekend by coasting to a ten wicket victory at Leigh. Despite 42 from Leigh's Steve Mullaney, Bootle's pace attack was in control at Beech Walk with Charlie Lamb (4-33) and Adam Warren (4-40) as Leigh crumbled to 119 all out from 43 overs. Bootle didn't waste any time replying, racing to 125-0 in 20 overs with Paddy McKeown (79*) and Ian Cockbain (42*). The two sides meet tomorrow in the Littlewoods Gaming Knockout Trophy at Wadham Road.

Wallasey continued on the leader's trail with a 36 runs win over strugglers, Newton le Willows. Phil Luxon, promoted to open the innings in the absence of Dave Hadden, didn't disappoint, hitting 114* (147 balls, 14x4s, 1x6) and added 110 for the 3rd wicket with Mike Beaver (50). Wallasey declared at 207-6 from 50 overs. Only Danny Barlow (61) and Mike Walkden (48) contributed as Newton fell to Nick Doggett (3-20) and Paul Thistlewaite (3-35), being dismissed for 171 in 44.1 overs.

Huyton's drift from top berth continued with them being held to a tie at Maghull. Taking 58.2 overs for 181, Huyton had recovered from 61-5, thanks to John McLachlan (55), Liam Crilly taking 4-27 and John Murphy (3-46). With Kiran Powar (37), Dickon White (37) and Gary Gillespie (33), Maghull were 166-6 (46 overs) with 5 overs remaining. By the 50th over, they had advanced to 178-8 and so needed 4 runs to win from the last over with 2 wickets standing. They scored three runs but then Ashraf Nawab chipped in with two wickets from the last two balls of the over. The match ending in a tie.

New Brighton's long trip to Lytham ended in defeat by 7 wickets. The Rakers were all out for 160 (49 overs) to the leg spin of Jimmy Wisniewski (6-49) with Richard Smith (75) and Chandika Hathurusingha (31). Warren McSkimming (60*) continued his run of form and added 96 for the third wicket with Jack Kelliher (57) as Lytham ran home winners with 161-3 from 47 overs.

Ormskirk batted for 65 overs at Northern before declaring at 230-9, Abel Podger (80, 173 balls, 15x4s). David Snellgrove (45) with John Taylor taking 3-31 and Phil Cooper (3-40). Northern were left with 38 overs and made a valiant effort, finishing on 194-8 with Sherwin Campbell racing to 78 from 69 balls with 12x4s.

Down in the basement, Northop Hall topped 209-7 declared from 53 overs with skipper Dave Kennedy (84) adding 49 for the sixth wicket with Danny Nolan. This time there was no rear guard action by Wigan as they fell to Arshad Khan (5-23) and Majid Khan (3-21) and were 96 all out.