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ECB Premier League - Sephton responds to Northern's cheap dismissal
Saturday 4th June 2016

On a day when the climaxes of a few MI Dental Liverpool Competition matches were ruined by the thunderstorm which hit Merseyside on Saturday evening, Northernís Tom Sephton sent down a few wrecking balls of his own as the men from Moor Park went top of the Premier League with a 32-run victory at Rainhill. But Northernís win was a distant prospect early on at Victoria Terrace after Mohammad Qureshiís 6-15 from 21 overs had dismissed James Coleís side for just 95 in 41.3 overs with Davy Smithís painstaking 40 off 87 balls helping to give Sephton some sort of defendable total. And the left-arm spinner grabbed his opportunity with relish. Opening the bowling with Ryan Maddock, Sephton took 7-29 in 12.3 overs as the home side were blown away for 63 in 24.3 overs, Maddock finishing with 3-34. The win puts Northern top by six points and leaves Sephton as the leading wicket-taker with 31, three more than Qureshi, with the Northern spinner having bowled almost exactly half as many overs.

Leigh are now second after a couple of top notch individual performances had carried them to victory against Colwyn Bay. Ross Zelem made 117 not out off 152 balls in his side 242-3 declared and leg-spinner Matty McKiernan then bagged 8-31 off 16.4 overs as Sion Morrisís side were dismissed for 142, the skipper making 53.

Bootle and New Brighton are now fourth and fifth after their Rake Lane clash was curtailed by rain. Michael Farrellís 87 and Danny Daviesís 77 took the visitors to a formidable 264-8 declared in 55 overs but Khurram Hussainís unbeaten 88 had guided New Brighton to 208-5 when the downpour arrived. New Brighton Ashraf Nawab, who took 4-59, and Bootleís Greg Butterworth, 3-51, did their best to keep a lid on the run-rate.

Ormskirk slipped to third in a league whose top six clubs are covered by 25 points when they could only draw at Formby. George Lavelle and Simon Kerrigan both made fifties in their sideís 258-8 declared in 55 overs but home skipper Ian Cockbain replied with 67 as his side finished on 200-6.

Rainfordís last pair, Daniel Houghton and Andrew Harrison, secured a draw for their side against Wallasey. Tom Russ (79) and Alex Eagles (93) had earlier put on 170 for the fourth wicket and taken their team to 255-6 declared in 46 overs. Paul Farrarís batsmen struggled to 142-9 in reply, Chris Bourne taking 5-35.

Lythamís rapid revival continued with an eight-wicket hammering of Birkenhead Park. Antony Mulligan took 7-31 as Chris Daviesís men were dismissed for 73 in 38 overs and the Church Road side took just over 20 overs to knock the runs off.

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 ECB PREMIER LEAGUE 
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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    Northern 7 5 0 0 0 0 (0) 2 0 0 0 (0) 0 10 0 5 4 0 119   C
2    Leigh 7 4 0 0 0 1 (0) 2 0 0 0 (0) 0 5 5 14 9 0 113   L
3    Ormskirk 7   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   0   6   0   11   10   0   107   L
4    Bootle 7 3 0 0 0 2 (1) 2 0 0 0 (1) 0 5 5 15 14 0 99   L
5    New Brighton 7   3   0   0   0   1   (1)   3   0   0   0   (1)   0   0   7   13   15   0   95   L
6    Lytham 7   3   0   0   0   2   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   10   11   13   0   94    
7    Colwyn Bay 7 3 0 0 0 1 (0) 3 0 0 0 (0) 0 9 5 7 10 0 91   L
8    Rainford 7   3   0   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   9   3   12   0   84    
9    Formby 7   2   0   0   0   3   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   0   9   0   21   14   0   84   .
10    Wallasey 7   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   6   13   15   0   74    
11  

 Rainhill

7   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   1   0   11   13   0   65   R
12    Birkenhead Park 7   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   6   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   16   14   0   50   R