ECB Premier League - Hat trick Charlie leads lambs to slaughter
Saturday 27th August 2005

Hightown were like lambs to the slaughter as Bootle earned a quick fire success in one of the shortest matches in Competition history. The match at Wadham Road lasted just two hours as Charlie Lamb took a hat trick in his 6-19 to finish off the innings as the strugglers crashed to 40 all out in 21.1 overs after electing to bat. Adam Warren's 3-20 took him to 50 wickets for the season.

It took just 7.4 overs for Bootle to polish the runs off without loss, Ian A Cockbain making 29*.

Jack Kelliher (75), Carl Hey (50*) and John Wildman (48) guided Northern to 256-8d (49.3 overs) after losing the toss against Leigh at Moor Park. Luke Pomersbach (70) led Leigh's response until it fizzled out at 224 (53.4 overs) with Phil Cooper (3-43) and Karl Brown (3-30) being the major wicket takers as Northern extended their lead to 43 pts.

Louis Botes (74*) and Paul Bryson (58) boost New Brighton's total to 221-6d (53 overs) after losing the toss at Sea Cop. New Brighton paid the price of dropping Neil Rimmer before he had scored as his fine 133* (159 balls, 15x4s, 1x6) led Fleetwood Hesketh to an important six wicket win. After being 107-3 in reply, Rimmer and Kevin Murray (40) added 97 before victory came at 222-4 after 52.5 overs.

Wallasey battled to a one wicket win in a thriller with Sefton Park at the Oval. The home side had their rivals, who won the toss, at 18-4 but Bruce Neary (29) helped them to 122 (49.5 overs) with John Murphy taking 3-25 and Chris Bourne 3-27.

Wallasey's reply started well but then stuttered. Bourne made 26 before skipper Phil Luxon, batting at no 10 after sustaining a broken thumb during Sefton's innings, and Murphy edged them home at 123-9 (38.1 overs).

There's a flicker of life in Northop Hall, who beat Huyton (for the second time this season) with two balls to spare at Smithy Lane to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop. The visitors lost half their side for 28 but Waqas Chughtai (83) and skipper Lawrence Wilson (57) added 134 for the 6th wicket as they recovered to 206 from 43.2 overs, Amir Mahmood ending with 5-61.

Goolam Bodi (67) and James Dyer (30) eased the Welsh side to 126-2 and Amir Mahmood (49*), after adding 57 for the eight wicket with Bodi, saw it through with Daren Peters (13*) to victory at 207-8 (50.4 overs).

Aaron Alley hit a superb 112* (12x4s, 3x6s) in Lytham's draw with Ormskirk at Church Road. He and Guy Roberts (43) put on 113 for the fourth wicket in a total of 219-8d in 58.4 overs. Ormskirk faced 49 overs in reply, scoring 141-7, Ian Robinson (37*), John Robinson (30), Marcus Sharp (3-33).