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ECB Premier League - Bootle sink to the bottom after Lytham defeat
Saturday 27th June 2015

Questions have been asked when Bootle were last bottom of the table. The answer is not as far back as your may think, 25th May 2013 to be exact. The reason for the question is that is where Bootle find themselves after losing to Lytham at Wadham Road for the first time since 2005. Bootle were on the rack at 53-5 after electing to bat but a late order recovery took them to 153 after 44 overs with Luke Williams taking 4-42 and Daniel Edwards 3-28. Opener Will Hale took the Fylde side to a six wicket victory with an unbeaten 88.  scorecard

With one series of matches to go to the half way stage of the season, New Brighton lead the ECB Premier League table by 39 points from Ormskirk who move back into second place.

Teams were playing the matches today that they should have played on the Bank Holiday Saturday in May but found them playing them today owing to a certain person's inability to create an acceptable set of fixtures.

As a result, New Brighton took on neighbours Wallasey at Rake Lane and reached 201-8d after 55 overs with Lahiru Lakmal taking 4-47. Ashraf Nawab (5-37) and David While (3-50) then bowled out Wallasey for 144 after being 97-6.  scorecard

Ormskirk made a terrible start after winning the toss against Northern. They were 4-3 after just 4.2 overs but Mike Jones (89) and Matty Glayzer (80) added 150 for the fourth wicket. Ormskirk went in at tea with the score on 211-7 overs after 54 overs. They lost the remaining three wickets in the space of five balls after the interval for the addition of two runs. Ryan Maddock finished with 4-36. Northern slumped to 22-3 in reply but recovered to 119-4 before collapsing to 144 all out as Liam Hurt took 4-35 and Simon Kerrigan 3-36.  scorecard

Formby are back in third place after a disappointing performance against Southport and Birkdale at Cricket Path. They were bowled out for 95 with Chris Firth taking 4-17 and Chris Brownlow 3-19. Alex Lines took 5-41 but couldn't stop Southport winning by four wickets.  scorecard

Mike Barnes hit his maiden century, 118 not out from 162 balls with 15x4s and 2x6s, as Birkenhead Park reached 233-5d in 53 overs at Leigh who responded with 201-7 with Mattie McKiernan hitting 61 and Daniel Hewitt 41. Rob Houghton took 4-53 for Park as they slip into the relegation zone.  scorecard

Rainhill move off the bottom of the table after posting 263 at Highfield, their highest score in the L&DCC and one more than they made at Northern last season. Chris Liptrot took 6-86 for the home side. Mohammad Aslam bowled unchanged for 25 overs and took 8-36 as Highfield were dismissed for 149.  scorecard

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    New Brighton  10   7   0   0   0   1   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   1   17   10   4   9   0   185    
2    Ormskirk  10   5   0   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   8   10   12   11   0   146    
3    Formby 10   4   0   0   0   2   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   10   10   19   0   134    
4    Lytham 10   4   0   0   0   2   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   1   9   9   11   11   0   125    
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 Southport and Birkdale

10   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   1   2   5   13   12   0   117    
6    Northern 10   3   0   0   0   5   (0)   1   0   0   1   (0)   0   4   0   19   23   0   111    
7    Leigh 10   3   0   0   0   3   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   5   21   16   0   107    
8    Wallasey 10   3   0   0   0   3   (0)   3   0   0   1   (0)   0   3   5   16   17   0   106    
9    Highfield 10   3   0   0   0   1   (0)   5   0   0   0   (0)   1   3   0   8   25   0   101   .
10    Rainhill 10   2   0   0   0   2   (0)   5   0   0   1   (0)   0   9   0   19   24   0   97    
11    Birkenhead Park 10   2   0   0   0   2   (0)   5   0   0   0   (0)   1   3   5   19   19   0   91    
12    Bootle 10   1   0   0   0   3   (0)   5   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   4   24   27   0   80