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The weekend matches
Friday 17th April 2015

The 2015 season gets under way tomorrow with the opening rounds of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy.

New Brighton, who won the trophy for the first time last season after beating Leigh, include Luke Procter as they take on seventeen times winners Bootle at Rake Lane. Both sides have new captains with Martyn Evans leading the Rakers and Craig Prince holding the post with Bootle. Neil Williams makes a return as wicket keeper for the visitors who include former Birkenhead Park captain Chris Stenhouse.

A rejuvenated Formby begin their 150th season by travelling to Moor Park for their match against Northern. The Cricket Path side will be giving débuts to Stephen Parry, Gary Keedy, Alex Lines and former Neston player, Dane Williams. Northern's Stephen Cole returns after injury and there are débuts for John Dotters (ex Rainford) and Ian Carroll (ex Old Xaverians).

There is an old style Liverpool Competition clash at Sefton Park where Birkenhead Park are the visitors with new captain, Chris Davies. Facing Park will be old favourite Mark Wilkie (pictured left) who will be making a début for his seventh club. His lists of clubs is like a malfunctioning sat nav. Having started his career with Parkfield when they were in the Merseyside Association, he then went to Oxton, Wallasey, Oxton, New Brighton, Huyton, Wallasey, New Brighton, Huyton, New Brighton, Wallasey, Huyton, Wallasey, Huyton, Wallasey, Newton le Willows,+ Wallasey before joining Sefton Park this season.

Matt Glayzer takes over the Ormskirk captaincy from Ian Robinson and faces Newton le Willows in his first match.

Colwyn Bay have one of the day's longest journeys when they travel to Fleetwood Hesketh.

NOTE: Category 3 overseas players ARE NOT permitted to play in these matches (rule 3.2.4).

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On Sunday, four clubs are involved in first round matches in the Royal London Club Championship.

In group 5. Leigh are at Littleborough.

In group 6, Colwyn Bay make another long, but slightly shorter, journey to Formby where former captain Graeme Jones has been persuaded to come out of retirement to wear the gloves for the home side. Also in the group are Caldy who go to Nantwich.


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Saturday 18th April (1:00 pm)
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 Ray Digman Knockout - first round
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Lytham v Birkenhead St Mary's cancelled
Northern v Formby Chris Dunn and Jim Naughton
Rainford v Burscough Les Knowles and Ian Shepherd
Sutton v Old Xaverians Brian Ball and Dave Pierrie
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 Ray Digman Knockout - second round 
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Ainsdale v Maghull Dave Laybourne and Don Searle
Alder v St Helens Town Dick Davies and Peter Freeman
Fleetwood Hesketh v Colwyn Bay Karl Skelton and Simon Taylor
Hightown St Mary's v Parkfield Liscard Arthur Ashley and Rob Jansen
Leigh v Highfield Simon Dodwell and John Farrell
New Brighton v Bootle Mike Pearce and Dave Smith
Northop Hall v Caldy Andrew Lawrence and Kevin Wilson
Ormskirk v Newton le Willows Roger Driver and Dave Lee
Orrell Red Triangle v Wavertree Alan Bristow and Tony Fare (LL)
Prestatyn v Rainhill Fred Charters and Hugh Evans
Sefton Park v Birkenhead Park Dave Jones and Phil Luxon
Skelmersdale v Wallasey Andy Jones (LCL) and Ray Rigby
Spring View v Liverpool Bernard Teebay and Andy Webb
Wigan v Southport and Birkdale Paul Caddick (CLL) and Lol Watts
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Sunday 19th April (1:00 pm)
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 Royal London Club Championship group 5 - first round
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Littleborough v Leigh umpires supplied
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 Royal London Club Championship group 6 - first round
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Nantwich v Caldy umpires supplied
Formby v Colwyn Bay Dave Smith and Simon Taylor
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