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Caunce and Currency make Southport pay as Champions Ormskirk win by seven wickets
Jamie Bowman - Saturday 2nd May 2015

Champions Ormskirk served notice that they are intent on retaining their ECB Premier League title when they swept aside Southport and Birkdale by seven wickets at Trafalgar Road. Seamer Nicky Caunce took 4-24 and left-arm spinner Dane Currency bagged 4-11 off 10 overs as the home team collapsed from 41-2 and were dismissed for just 64 in 32 overs. Although two wickets for Scott Lees helped S&B reduce the visitors to 32-3, Andy Baybutt steered Ormskirk home with 25 not out while skipper Matty Glayzer chipped in with an unbeaten 22.

However, 2014 runners up New Brighton helped themselves to 25 points with an impressive 133-run demolition of Lytham. Luke Procter's rapid 56 and Upal Fernando's similarly swift 50 helped Martyn Evansís men to 222-6 declared off 51.5 overs before the skipper weighed in with 5-14 off 8.3 overs to skittle the Fylde side for 89 in 33.3 overs.

The match of the day in the Premier League was played at Birkenhead Park where the home side secured a tense three run victory over Rainhill. The visitorsí left arm spinner Mohammed Aslam again inflicted serious damage on a batting line up by taking 7-35 but Chris Davies made 54 and Luke Camden added 42 to take Park to 185 all out off 54.4 overs. In reply Rainhill were going well on 160-6 but Paul Ford (47) was one of three batsmen to be dismissed on that score and Khalid Wahbi (4-52) completed a fine win. Robbie Houghton again proved his worth with 4-55.

Formby skipper Ian Cockbain rolled back the years to make 72 and added 158 for the fifth wicket with Stephen Parry, who himself contributed 106 off 120 balls as the home side piled up 229-6 declared off 53.3 overs against Highfield. Parry then turned destroyer with the ball, taking 4-11 off 5.3 overs as Highfield were dismissed for 103 in 32.3 overs. Gary Keedy was another left arm spinner to enjoy his Saturday afternoon, the Nottinghamshire bowler taking 4-46 to take the new look Cricket Path team to their first league win of the season.

Both the other Premier League matches were drawn. Northern's cricketers were frustrated by their failure to take the final Wallasey wicket in a fine game at Moor Park. Liam Grey and James Cole had both made fifties in their sideís 190-8 declared and it seemed that a home win was on the cards when the Wirral visitors slumped to 44-5. But the multi talented Chris Bourne followed his 3-41 with 38 not out and Wallasey ended on 159-9. Stephen Cole, 3-19, and Ryan Maddock, 3-17 did most of the damage for Northern.

Bootle's Scott Butterworth made 43 and Will Purser added 39 as Bootle amassed 221-9 off 53 overs at Leigh, Karl Brown and Richard Dempster taking three wickets apiece for Mattie McKiernanís team. The home side replied with 190-7 in 52 overs, Adam Shallcross making 60 and Ross Zelem 48.