ECB Premier League - Leigh
take the lead for the first time since July 2011
Saturday 18th June 2016
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On a Saturday afternoon when many teams in the MI Dental Liverpool & District Cricket Competition were either savouring an easy win or having their nerves frayed by a tense finish, Ormskirk’s Josh Bohannon produced one of the bowling spells of the season to break Bootle’s hearts in the game of the day at Brook Lane.
Needing 174 to win, the Wadham Road side had been in trouble on 94-6 but Greg Butterworth led a fightback and, with nine wickets down, the visitors needed just four runs to win with four balls left in the game.
That, though, was as good as it got for Craig Prince’s team as Bohannon had Butterworth caught by Gavin Griffiths for 36 to ensure that Ormskirk won by three runs and leapfrogged their opponents to move into third place in the ECB Premier Division table.
Bohannon finished with figures of 7-31 from eight overs and his side’s victory was all the more remarkable given that they had been 45-5 after Chris Liptrot and Chris Stenhouse had torn into their top order.
Liptrot finished with 5-74 while Stenhouse took 3-51 but Ormskirk skipper Matt Glayzer compiled 53 to give his bowlers a total they proved just about able to defend.
Ormskirk are now 23 points behind the new leaders, Leigh, who annihilated the previous top dogs, Northern, by 10 wickets in a totally one-sided game at Beech Walk.
Leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan took 5-13 from 14 overs as James Cole’s side were dismissed for just 62 in 42.1 overs, losing their last nine wickets for 35 runs.
Lancashire opener Luis Reece then blasted 54 not out off 62 balls to see his side home in a match that lasted just 200 minutes.
Formby are now joint-fourth with Bootle after Tym Crawford’s five-wicket haul helped them overcome Birkenhead Park’s gutsy resistance at Cricket Path.
Tim le Breton’s 91 and Dane Williams’s 74 were the major contributors to the home team’s 233-4 declared and Park were in trouble when they lost three early wickets after tea.
But Ravinda Palliyaguruge’s 49 and Craig Reid’s 42 led the resistance and it needed the seam and spin combination of Crawford, who finished with 5-38, and Keedy, 3-23, to complete the 64-run win.
New Brighton’s left-arm spinners, Ashraf Nawab and David While enjoyed themselves in their side’s eight-wicket thumping of Colwyn Bay at Rake Lane.
Nawab took 5-15 and While snapped up 4-16 to skittle Sion Morris’s side for 89 and the hosts took just 16.5 overs to triumph.
Rainhill have moved up to seventh following their five-wicket victory over Rainford at Victoria Terrace. Almost inevitably, perhaps, Mohammad Qureshi had a major role in the win, the left-arm spinner taking 8-34 as the visitors were dismissed for 109 despite Paul Farrar’s 29. However, Andy Davies picked up three wickets for the visitors and it needed Ben Edmundson’s steadying 40 not out to settle matters.
Meanwhile, there was another thriller at Church Road where Lytham drew with Wallasey, the hosts finishing the dramatic game a single run short of the Wirral side’s 147 all out but with just one wicket remaining.
Taylor Cornall took 4-19 to restrict Wallasey to their modest total but the imperturbable Chris Bourne then grabbed 6-35 and the Australian all-rounder Tom Russ, 3-67, to set up the frantic finish as Toby Lester’s fine unbeaten 44 nearly won the game for Lytham.
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