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Bootle caught out on a wet pitch - Leigh host final
Sunday 10th August 2003

Heavy rain this morning caught the groundstaff at Bootle, Northern and Sefton Park unawares as they had left their pitches uncovered for today's Littlewoods Gaming Knockout matches.

Bootle hosted Leigh in their semi final and were looking for a 'weekend double' after beating them by 10 wickets yesterday. Leigh, winning the toss and electing to bat on a saturated pitch, were soon in trouble at 11-3. Wickets continued to fall until 16 year old Greg Jennings joined Brendon Donkers at 75-7. The two then added 50 with Jennings scoring 18 and Donkers ending with 47 (89 balls, 2x4s). Again Bootle's battery of seam bowlers took the wickets with Adam Warren (3-21), Chris Finegan (3-21) and Charlie Lamb (3-33).

After the interval, the unexpected happened as the Bootle batsmen were caught out by the wet pitch, totalling just 47 between them and that included four ducks, including Graham Lloyd who was out first ball. With Paddy McKeown (15) top scoring, it was Ronnie Davis (3-12), Greg Jennings (3-13) and Heath Pedrola (2-5) that did the damage for Leigh, who now host the final on Sunday September 14th.

Bootle were 1 run away from the 46 scored by St Helens Recs at Northern on 13th August 1995.

The start of a third round match at Sefton Park against Wallasey was delayed until 3:00 pm, the match being reduced to 34 overs per side. Sefton won the toss and lasted 29.5 overs before being dismissed for 95 with Rob Houghton top scoring with 20, Nick Doggett taking 3-16 from 7 overs with Paul Thistlewaite, Paul Strang and Phil Luxon two wickets apiece.

In reply, Wallasey were reduced to 48-3 (Luxon 20) but Dave Conlan (14*) added 50* with Paul Strang (33*) to see the Wirral side through to the semi finals.

Jimmy Adams bowled by a Manxman

Haydock's match at Northern was hampered by some of their players being involved in a road accident a short distance from the ground on Moor Lane. Not having all players present at the start of the game, they elected to bat before eventually being bowled out for 65 from 18.3 overs. Northern's Jamie Tomlinson earned recognition as probably being the first Manxman to bowl Jimmy Adams (6), Mike Holden claiming 6-34.

Sherwin Campbell overshadowed his fellow countryman with 5 blistering fours and 3 sixes, one of which reached the far side of the bowling green, as he (47*) and Shaun O'Brien (14*) added an unbroken 66 in 11.5 overs to give Northern a home semi final tie against Wallasey.

There will be a new name on the trophy on cup final day as, despite appearing in finals, none of the participating teams have ever won it.

Footnote: Jamie Tomlinson, born in Douglas, Isle of Man, travels over from the island each weekend to play for Northern in the ECB Premier League.