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ECB Premier League - Gingerbread Men scuttle Sandgrounders in Battle of Trafalgar
Saturday 9th May 2015

Southport and Birkdale were looking forward to a successful season following several close season signings but they fell to earth after Ormskirk scuttled them for just 64 at Trafalgar Road. Their last six wickets fell for seven runs with Dane Currency taking 4-11 and Nicky Caunce 4-24. John Armstrong suffered a rare failure, being bowled by Scott Lees with the first delivery of Ormskirk's innings and they slumped to 32-3 but Andy Baybutt and skipper Matty Glayzer took them to victory after 19.1 overs.  scorecard

New Brighton beat Lytham by 133 runs in  a one sided match at Rake Lane. The Rakers reached 222-6d after 51.5 overs with Luke Procter hitting 56 and Upul Fernando an unbeaten 50. It was then Lytham's turn to collapse as they sank from 61-2 to 89 all out with Martyn Evans takling 5-14.  scorecard

Formby are level with New Brighton on 37 points thanks mainly to Lancashire all rounder Stephen Parry and skipper Ian Cockbain at Cricket Path. Formby were struggling against Highfield at 54-4 but then Parry added 158 for the fifth wicket with Cockbain who hit 72 from 104 balls with 8x4s. At the declaration on 229-6d after 53.3 overs, Parry had hit an unbeaten 106 from 120 balls with 11x4s. Highfield were never in the hunt as spin twins Parry (4-11) and Gary Keedy (4-46) bowled them out for 103 in the thirty-third over.   scorecard

Birkenhead Park recorded their first win of the season after a nail biting finish against Rainhill. Park collapsed from 165-5 to 185 all out with Chris Davies hitting 54 and Luke Camden, 42. Mohammad Aslam took 7-35 in 26.4 overs. Rainhill reached 160-6 (Tyler McGladdery 41) but then lost three wickets in the space of nine balls to leave their last pair at the crease needing twenty-six. They reached 182 with Khalid Wahbi taking 4-52 and Robbie Houghton, 4-55.  scorecard

Bootle had to be satisfied with a draw at Beech Walk after Leigh had asked them to bat. They were struggling at 122-6 but a middle order recovery from ex Leigh man Neil Williams (35), Scott Butterworth (43) and Will Purser (39) took them to 221-9d after 53 overs. Left with 52 overs, Leigh finished on 190-7 with Adam Shallcross hitting 60.  scorecard

Last season, Wallasey's last pair of Chris Bourne and Andrew Beaver had to rescue them at Northern's Moor Park, this time it was the clock as their ninth wicket fell to the last ball of the match. Northern batted on for a further five balls after tea so as to secure an extra batting point before declaring on 190-8, Liam Grey hit 57 and James Cole 54 with Chris Bourne taking 3-41. The visitors were in dire trouble at 102-7 but ended on 159-9 with Bourne unbeaten on 38.  scorecard

Since making his début as a 16 year old against Liverpool, Chris Bourne has taken 389 ECB Premier League wickets in 202 matches to go with the 147 he took in 40 matches when Wallasey were in the First Division in 2011-2012.

results

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. P W WCn WDf T D (D) L LCn LDf ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts

PTS

   
. . 20 25 25 15 .   . -10 -10 5   5 . . . . . .    
1    Ormskirk  3   2   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   5   0   0   0   50    
2    New Brighton  3   1   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   5   0   3   4   0   37    
3    Formby 3   1   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   5   0   2   5   0   37    
4    Birkenhead Park 3   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   3   0   2   3   0   33    
5    Lytham 3   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   4   0   0   3   0   32    
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 Southport and Birkdale

3   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   1   0   26    
7    Bootle 3   0   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   10   6   0   21    
8    Leigh 3   0   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   9   7   0   21    
9    Rainhill 3   0   0   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   7   8   0   20   .
10    Northern 3   0   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   6   6   0   17    
11    Highfield 3   0   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   4   7   0   16    
12    Wallasey 3   0   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   0   3   4   0   12