ECB Premier League - Northern lights on full beam
Saturday 13th August 2005

Rain forced late starts across the region this afternoon as Northern extended their lead in the ECB Premier League to 25 pts after a convincing 7 wicket victory over Huyton at Moor Park. The visitors reached 162 (40.4 overs) after electing to bat with Lawrence Wilson (38) and David Heyes (28) leading the batting, Steve Parry took 4-15.

Ex Lytham opener Jack Kelliher (79*) and Karl Brown (53) opened Northern's reply with a stand of 110 before Carl Hey added 26* out of 163-3 in 29.1 overs.

Neil Rimmer's flashing blade tamed Bootle's bowling at Wadham Road after a late start. Invited to bat first, Fleetwood Hesketh rattled up 180-0d after 32.3 overs with Rimmer ending on 122* from 88 balls (18x4s, 2x6s) and Gary Wells playing the support role with 49* (3x4s).

Hesketh skipper Jon Bowden (pictured left) rarely bowls these days but he took the opportunity to take 6-22 as Bootle folded for 153 (25.4 overs) despite contributions from Graham Lloyd (61), David Snellgrove (33) and Chris Sainsbury (25).

Second placed New Brighton had to be content with a draw at Northop Hall. The Rakers declared at 150-3 (27 overs) after Rudra Singh (46*) and Paul Bryson (24*) had added 71 for the fourth wicket.

Left with 29 overs, the target proved too much for the Welsh side as they finished on 106-8 with Dave Kennedy (51), Karl Evans (26). David While (3-12) and Paul Strang (3-43) bowled well for New Brighton.

Wallasey picked up a fifth consecutive win as they held on to fourth place against Ormskirk who had declared at 131-6 after 28 overs, with Kevin Burns (38*) and Paul Luxon taking 4-28. John Pugh (36) and Richard Conlan (30*) led Wallasey to 135-6 with just 8 balls remaining.

After a difficult start to the season, Lytham won their third match in a row, defeating a troubled Hightown by 103 runs at Church Road. Being asked to bat, the Fylde side totalled 203 after 49.5 overs, thanks to Jimmy Wisniewski top scoring with 74. Evon McInnis took 4-66 and Graham Jones 3-7 for the visitors.

Hightown slumped to their eleventh defeat of the season, being dismissed for 100 after 25.1 overs, McInnis making 36 and Shaun Vosloo, 29.

Sefton Park were without Paul Horton, who was on England 12th man duty against Australia at Old Trafford, at Leigh but still totalled 172-7d from 37 overs. They had been in trouble at 7-3 but Robbie Houghton (70) and Ramesh Powar (45) added 97 for the fourth wicket. Steve Mullaney took 3-50 for Leigh.

Left with 21 overs in return. Leigh struggled against the left arm spin of Houghton (4-27) to end on 138-8, Neil Williams (30), Alex Roussak (21*) and Barry Greenwood (21).