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Ray Digman Knockout Trophy
Saturday 18th April 2015

Shocks were in short supply as competitive cricket returned to Merseyside this weekend with the opening rounds of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy.

In the first round, Formby laid down an impressive marker as their star studded side dispatched local rivals Northern with ease at Moor Park. The visitors included county spinners Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy in their line up but it was Alex Lines (3-25) and Matthew Dearden (3-15) who took the bowling honours as the hosts were dismissed for 100. An unbeaten 48 from Ian A Cockbain sealed a six wicket win. scorecard

Opener Michael Bimpson (64) top scored as Division Two side Burscough made 226 against Rainford for whom Ben Hewitt (6-40) and Daniel Houghton (3-35) excelled. Jon Stone (3-54) and Lee Berrie (3-49) made life difficult for Rainford but 72 from Ravi Mistry saw them home for a two wicket win. scorecard

Sutton notched a straight forward seven wicket win against fellow Division Two side Old Xaverians who were bundled out for just 96 thanks to Ray Foster (3-11) and Liam Dodd (3-9). An unbeaten 73 from skipper Adam Onion ensured the victory. scorecard

The day's final first round tie did not take place owing to Birkenhead St Mary's being unable to raise a team against Lytham who were awarded the game as a result. scorecard

In the second round, Craig Prince’s reign as Bootle captain began with an excellent away win at cup holders New Brighton. Scott Butterworth (4-20) and Chris Stenhouse (3-33) helped dismiss the Wirral side for 95 before Prince's side reached the target for the loss of four wickets. scorecard

Division Two outfit Spring View were the only side to beat a team from a higher division with Liverpool the high profile victim at Dower House Farm. Jon Broad (4-24) led the way as the visitors were bowled out for 140. Declan Mulvey’s 51 was the highest score as Spring View progressed with a six wicket win. scorecard

An unbeaten century from Craig Woods (122*, 144 balls, 10x4s, 3x6s) helped St Helens Town reach 228-7 from their 45 overs against Alder. Joseph Payne (3-18) was the pick of the bowlers as Town dismissed the hosts for 195. scorecard

An unbeaten 64 from skipper Andy Barlow saw Ainsdale wrap up a seven wicket win over Maghull who earlier had been bowled out for 194. scorecard

There were plenty of runs at Sea Cop where an opening stand of 105 between Zak Gidlow (37) and Sion Morris (147, 124 balls, 15x4s, 6x6s), followed by a second wicket partnership of 156 between Morris and Jordan Evans (60), helped Colwyn Bay post a massive 309-3 against Fleetwood Hesketh. In reply, Lee Bolton hit an unbeaten 56 as the hosts reached 135-9 at the close. James Jones picked up 4-14. scorecard

Hightown St Mary’s bowlers Paul Houghton (5-28) and Kamran Hussain (3-43) restricted Parkfield Liscard to 157 all out at Sandy Lane. Grant Hughes (3-24) and Mike Keogh (3-9) ensured the total was enough as the hosts were dismissed for 100. scorecard

Last year's losing finalists Leigh reached 217-8 off their 45 overs against Highfield with an eighth wicket partnership of 127 between Hedley Molyneux (72) and Richard Dempster (52*) the highlight. Chris Liptrot claimed (4-26) for the visitors who were dismissed for 148. scorecard

An unbeaten century from skipper Chris Edwards (106*, 135 balls, 14x4s) combined with a second wicket partnership with Michael Williams (58) saw Caldy reach 203-3 against Northop Hall. The Welsh side hit back with half centuries from Neil Worrall (68) and Alistair Andrady (64*) ensuring a seven wicket win. scorecard

Ormskirk's new skipper Matthew Glayzer got off to a winning start with a huge win over Newton le Willows. Michael Jones struck an unbeaten 121 (7x4s, 4x6s) as a third wicket partnership of 132 with John Armstrong (68) took the Premier League champions to 329-5. Former captain Ian Robinson picked up 3-3 as the visitors were dismissed for 106. scorecard

Orrell Red Triangle won a close game with Wavertree at the YMCA Ground after the hosts made 210-9. Kamir Sohail (3-24) was the pick of the bowlers for Wavertree who came close to overhauling the target thanks to 57 from number nine batsman Stewart Guy before Lee Martinus (4-57) and Philip Taberner (3-38) sealed a nine run victory. scorecard

Rainhill restricted Prestatyn to 151 all out with Max Howells (4-15) and Matthew Dale (3-23) the pick of the bowlers. Danny Davies (68) top scored for the Welsh side who were unable to make many inroads into the Rainhill batting order as Jospeh Kennedy (66) helped ensure a five wicket win. scorecard

Birkenhead Park recovered from 77-5 to reach 218-8 against Sefton Park thanks to Craig Reid (61) and Chris Bellis (59). Dan Kelly took 3-46 for Sefton but his efforts were eclipsed by the host's former skipper Rob Houghton who took 4-44 against his old club who came up just 12 runs short of the target. scorecard

Wallasey's Greg Beaver hit an undefeated 139 (150 balls, 9x4s, 5x6s) as the Premier League side reached 257-4 at Skelmersdale. Adeel Baig (3-39) was the pick of the bowlers for Skem who were bowled out for 87 which included 53 from opener Jonas Smith. Chris Bourne (3-13) and Andrew Ward (3-31) were the pick of the bowlers. scorecard

Southport and Birkdale compiled 213-9 against Wigan despite 5-32 from Chris Highton. Chris Andrews (3-22) and Chris Brownlow (3-18) completed a good day for people called Chris as Wigan were dismissed for 134. scorecard

1st round results

2nd round results