Competition XI reaches President's Trophy final
Sunday 17th August 2003

The Liverpool Competition reached the final of the Northern Rock League Cricket Conference President's Trophy when they beat the West of England Premier League by 5 wickets with 7.4 overs remaining.

The Competition's captain, David Snellgrove, won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first on what was to be a hard, fast, bouncy pitch at Bootle's Wadham Road ground.

Leigh's Ronnie Davis removed the top three batsmen at a personal cost of 14 runs in the first nine overs to leave the visitors on 30-3. Change bowlers, Robbie Houghton (1-31) and Malcolm Swift (2-17) continued the tight bowling as wickets fell.

James Carter (17) and Paul Godding added 47 for the seventh wicket to take the score to 115 before Snellgrove mopped up the tail with 4-25, Godding ending with 35. Leigh's Gareth Cross claimed three catches behind the wicket with Shaun O'Brien also taking three in the outfield.

The Competition lost Snellgrove for 9 and Paul Horton for 8, before Huyton's Kevin Murphy (34) added 46 with David Heyes (28).

Gareth Cross blasted 8x4s in a quickfire 41 from 37 balls before he fell at 131-5 with 12.2 overs remaining. Shaun O'Brien played out three maidens whilst Huyton's Peter White struck three fours, leaving O'Brien to sweep a full toss to the boundary for the winning runs with 7.4 overs remaining.

The Liverpool Competition XI, holders of the President's Trophy, now travels to Nottingham to play the Nottinghamshire Premier League in the final on Sunday 7th September, stumps being pitched at 1:30 pm.