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ECB Premier League - New Brighton see off Leigh at the Rake as Ormskirk falter at the Brook
Saturday 20th June 2015

It was in 1998 that the Champions pennant last flew over Rake Lane but, after finishing runners up to Ormskirk last season and leading by 30 points after today's match, there are feelings in the New Brighton area of the Wirral that this could be the Rakers' year.

Morning rain delayed proceedings across the area and it was 2:00pm before New Brighton started their innings against Leigh at Rake Lane after being inserted. They began slowly with only 31 coming from the first 11.4 overs but accelerated when David While joined Khurram Hussain (57) and they added 84. While then added 74 with Luke Procter before being caught for 75. Procter and Andy Clarke took the score to 225-3d with Procter finishing with an unbeaten 51 from 48 balls. Martyn Evans quickly claimed Leigh's first three wickets and only Mattie McKiernan (27) and Adam Shallcross (25) reached double figures in a disappointing reply of 108 all out with Ashraf Nawab taking 4-19, While 3-24 and Evans 3-36.  scorecard

Formby are now second after winning at Birkenhead Park, their first triumph on the ground since 1992. Such is the turnaround of Formby's players in recent times that Tom Mills was the only survivor from the corresponding match in 2013. Park elected to bat and collapsed to 102 all out in 43.2 overs with Jack Vale taking 4-44 and captain for the day, Stephen Parry, 3-20. Formby were soon in trouble with Patrick Pisel and Dane Williams being dismissed in the first three overs. Haseeb Hameed was one of three making their début for the visitors and he took control with 67 not out as they eased home by seven wickets.  scorecard

Ormskirk slip to third place after a reversal at Brook Lane. Not starting until 2:20pm, they took a gamble and declared on 197-7 after 33 overs against Highfield, who started the day in tenth position. They had reached 52 in only 8.3 overs before John Armstrong went for 30. Mike Jones (25) soon followed and then Andy Baybutt (45) and Ian Robinson added 91 in 16.1 overs. Robinson finished with 66 not out and James Taylor was on song with 4-26, albeit from just three overs at the end of the innings. Left with 52 overs, Highfield reached 102 for the loss of Mike Farrell in 25 overs but then lost three wickets for six runs in 3.2 overs. At 144-7, Ormskirk were expecting a win but Sam Rotherham and Jabir Patel added 37 for the eighth wicket before Rotherham was out for 21. Patel followed two balls later with seventeen runs still required and 7.3 overs remaining with the last pair of Rob Halliwell and Martyn Jenks at the crease. They drew the scores level and it was Halliwell who stole the winning single off Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan.  scorecard

The west coast match at Trafalgar Road ended as a draw after Southport and Birkdale had batted on to enable Scott Lees to reach his second century. He hit an unbeaten 101 from 105 balls with 13x4s and 1x6 and guided the Sandgrounders from 79-5 to 208-8d, Liam Grey taking 4-63. Northern had drafted in Lancashire opener Paul Horton for the suspended James Cole and he made 41 as Northern, maybe feeling the after effects of the previous evening's Summer Ball, played out their 41 overs to finish on 170-8 with Chris Brownlow taking 3-15.  scorecard

Time denied Wallasey their first win against Lytham since 2005 and their first at Church Road since 2003. Lytham asked Wallasey to bat and the decision paid off as the visitors collapsed to 46-5 but Neil Cross and Mark Williams (44) added 97 to take them to 143 when Cross was out for 62. The declaration came at 174-8 after 52 overs, leaving Lytham 31 overs to reply. Their innings followed a similar fashion to Wallasey's with half the side being out for 69, Chris Bourne taking all the wickets. He added a further two to finish with 7-64 as Anthony Mulligan and Dan Robson kept their wickets intact as Lytham ended on 160-9.  scorecard

Twenty-one points separated eleventh placed Bootle and bottom team Rainhill when play commenced at the Recreation Ground. The difference now is just four. The day's collapse virus spread to Rainhill as they found themselves struggling on 76-6, but Paul Ford, now playing his fourth match as captain, hit an unbeaten 60 to lead the home club to 197-8d after 52 overs, Will Purser taking 3-65. There is a saying that if you bowl enough overs, you get the wickets. That was true with Mohammad Aslam as he bowled 23 of the 46 overs that Bootle faced and took the first nine wickets to fall, being denied the tenth by Ryan Williams. Greg Butterworth hit 93 out of a Bootle reply of 165 all out.  scorecard

results

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bonus points

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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    New Brighton  9   6   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   13   10   4   9   0   161    
2    Formby 9   4   0   0   0   2   (0)   2   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   10   10   16   0   131    
3    Ormskirk  9   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   4   10   12   11   0   122    
4    Northern 9   3   0   0   0   5   (0)   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   4   0   17   18   0   104    
5    Leigh 9   3   0   0   0   2   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   5   17   14   0   101    
6    Lytham 9   3   0   0   0   2   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   1   9   4   11   11   0   100    
7    Wallasey 9   3   0   0   0   3   (0)   2   0   0   1   (0)   0   3   5   14   13   0   100    
8    Highfield 9   3   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   1   3   0   6   20   0   94    
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 Southport and Birkdale

9   3   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   1   2   0   13   12   0   92   .
10    Birkenhead Park 9   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   5   0   0   0   (0)   1   3   5   14   16   0   83    
11    Bootle 9   1   0   0   0   3   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   4   22   25   0   76    
12    Rainhill 9   1   0   0   0   2   (0)   5   0   0   1   (0)   0   4   0   19   24   0   72