First Division - Rain
denies Baird a possible century against leaders
Saturday 4th June 2016
Burscough’s match at Sefton Park may have fallen victim to storm and tempest on Saturday evening but the heavy rain did not prevent the Old School Lane side remaining top.
Asked to bat first, Brendan Domigan’s side had compiled 183-9 declared with Navdeep Aujla’s 39 the top score.
Peter Kelly and Robbie Houghton took four wickets apiece but their fine efforts were overshadowed a little by an excellent knock from James Baird, who had faced 125 balls for his 88 not out when the weather intervened with Sefton Park on 109-4 and 17 overs left.
There were no such interruptions for Fleetwood Hesketh, who saw off Orrell Red Triangle. Steve Gregory took four wickets and Marasinghe Perera another three as the visitors managed only 127 all out. Conor Allison’s unbeaten 46 steered his side to an easy victory.
Ainsdale completed a similarly thorough defeat of Southport & Birkdale, although they had to chase down the visitors’ 184 in order to clinch the win. But skipper Andy Barlow anchored the ship with 63 not out and fifties from Mark Foster and Sam Lucas sealed the win. Earlier, Martyn Farrell had taken 5-28, although Isaac Lea’s 62 offered some consolation for Chris Firth’s team.
Maghull’s Jack Wrigglesworth made an heroic unbeaten 103 in his side’s 11-run loss to Northop Hall at Smithy Lane. The hosts had a centurion, too, Danny Nolan making 124 in the Welsh side’s 241-3 declared. James Hurlin then followed up his fifty with the bat by taking 7-71 as Wrigglesworth’s 139-ball innings could not prevent his team falling just short of their target.
Elsewhere, Wigan beat Newton-le-Willows by 87 runs and Prestatyn defeated Highfield by three wickets.
|9||Newton le Willows||7||2||0||0||0||1||(0)||4||0||0||0||(0)||0||0||4||13||15||0||72|
|10||Orrell Red Triangle||7||2||0||0||0||0||(0)||4||0||0||0||(0)||1||5||0||5||11||0||66|
|11||Southport and Birkdale||7||2||0||0||0||0||(0)||5||0||0||0||(0)||0||5||4||3||14||1||65||R|