ECB Premier League - Paddy and Co dim Northern's lights
Monday 25th August 2003

Three former Lancashire batsmen dominated Bootle's innings against Northern at Wadham Road. Paddy McKeown (103 shared in an opening partnership of 188 with Ian Cockbain (105*) and then Graham Lloyd (33*) added a further 67 with his skipper, enabling him at declare at 255-1 after only 40 overs.

For once, Charlie Lamb was wicketless (0-44) but Adam Warren (15-7-17-3) and Robin Fisher (6-43) scythed through the frail Northern batting, minus Sherwin Campbell, to leave them 76-8. Mike Holden (10*) added 38 for the ninth wicket with Carl Hey (47) but it was too late as Northern were dismissed for 119 after 48 overs.

Huyton strengthened their hold on second place without their suspended skipper, Lawrence Wilson. David Heyes (90*) and Marlon Black (47) featured with Jude Mahadanaarachchi adding 30 as Huyton went to a declared total of 222-5 in 50 overs against Northop Hall.

With Dave Kennedy (60), Arshad Khan (43) and James Dyer (35), Black (5-59) and Ashraf Nawab (4-84) kept Hall to 181 in 51.1 overs to give Huyton victory by 41 runs.

New Brighton came out winners in the Wirral derby at Rake Lane. Wallasey declared after 48 overs with 204-9 on the board, Rob Turnbull (45), Paul Strang (39), Dave Conlan (30*), Mike Murtagh taking 4-40 from 10 overs.

Richard Smith hit his highest score for New Brighton, finishing with 93* (12x4s and 1x6) as he added 102 for the fourth wicket with Martyn Evans (50). New Brighton went on to win by 4 wickets with 205-6 from 35.2 overs, Nick Doggett taking 4-53.

Newton le Willows, promoted from the First Division last season, seem doomed to make a quick return as they lost by ten wickets against Leigh. Heath Pedrola (4-24), Brendon Donkers (3-23) and Ronnie Davis (2-23) skittled Newton for 78 in 39.2 overs. Pedrola then dominated Leigh's reply with 59* as he and Andy Batterley (19*) saw Leigh home after 10.3 overs.

Maghull sprang a surprise at Ormskirk, winning by 7 wickets. The home side had won the toss and, with Kevin Burns (67) and John Armstrong (62) adding 117 for the third wicket, declared at 211-6 from 58 overs.

Kiran Powar recorded his third hundred for Maghull (101*, 102 balls, 11x4s, 2x6s) as they eased home in 48.3 overs with 213-3, Jeff Parsley (27) and David Barlow (24).

Wigan, another team fighting for survival, were 146 all out in 54 overs after being asked to bat by Lytham. With Sean Casham (51) and Graham Bolton (27), it was the in form Warren McSkimming with 6-35 that proved too much for the home side, leg spinner Jimmy Wisniewski claiming 3-55.

With Nick Knight (58) laying a foundation, McSkimming (45*) and Wisniewski (19*) saw Lytham home with 147-3 after 45 overs.