Maghull remain top despite Welsh wonder from Evans and Fallah
Jamie Bowman - Saturday 2nd May 2015
Maghull remain top of the early season Division One table in the Med Imaging Liverpool Competition despite losing at home to Colwyn Bay by 104 runs. Jordan Evans made 110 off 135 balls in the visitors' imposing total of 220-6 declared and then Samed Fallah took 5-47 as Greg Gillespie’s men were dismissed for 116 for 38.3 overs. Maghull leg spinner Liam Crilly took 3-68 in Colwyn Bay's innings.
However, Sefton Park have taken closer order after their four wicket defeat of Wigan at Bull Hey. Chasing 191 to win, Richie Forsyth's top order batsmen were indebted to Daniel Kelly and Fraser Hill's seventh wicket stand of 75 for getting their innings back on track, Hall making 37 and Kelly seeing his side home with 49 not out. In Wigan’s 190-6 declared off 47.3 overs Aaron Redmond had made 63 and Peter Kelly took 3-40.
Rainford enjoyed a fine home win, defeating Liverpool by 119 runs. Joe Noctor made 60 in his side's impressive 258-5 declared and then Oliver Jump took 5-35 as the visitors were skittled for only 139 in 27.2 overs. Andy Davies also played a valuable role, taking 3-23, and Liverpool spinner Neil Clarkson earlier bagged 3-86.
Ainsdale recorded their first league win of the season when they defeated Newton le Willows by 42 runs at Crow Lane East. Young batsmen Mark Lucas and Kyle Marshall caught the eye for the Southport side, Lucas making 52 and Marshall hitting 47 off only 48 balls as Andy Barlow’s men raced to 190-5 declared in 54.3 overs. Spinner Adam Friar then took centre stage by returning fine figures of 6-58 as the home team were bowled out for 148, despite Mike Walkden's 48.
The all Welsh battle between Northop Hall and Prestatyn at Smithy Lane ended in a tightly fought draw. Ryan Westwell made a determined 55 and Sampath Perera added 46 as Prestatyn made 149 off 51.3 overs, spinner Danny Nolan taking 3-25. However, this total appeared more than sufficient as the home collapsed to a score of 42-7. Then a gusty eighth wicket partnership of 59 between Will Higginson, who made 36, and Robbie Rimmington, who added 28, helped the home team struggle to 111-9 at the close. Kieron New and Danny Davies took three wickets apiece for Prestatyn.
The match between St Helens Town and Fleetwood Hesketh was abandoned owing to the effects of Friday’s heavy rain.