Great Scott sparkles as Kirk go 25 clear

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

ON a day when early rain blighted some matches and al­most all skip­pers opted to field upon win­ning the toss, Orm­skirk opened up a 25-point gap at the top of the ECB Pre­mier League when they de­feated Rain­hill by 35 runs at Vic­to­ria Ter­race.

Hav­ing posted a rapid 177-5 de­clared in a mere 35 overs, Orm­skirk’s vic­tory was com­pleted by the pace and spin com­bi­na­tion of Scott Lees and Si­mon Ker­ri­gan, both of whom took five wick­ets. Lees, who is en­joy­ing one of his best sea­sons, fin­ished with 5-27 and Ker­ri­gan bagged 5-15 off ten overs as Rain­hill were bowled out for 142 in 36.5 overs, Tyler McGlad­dery mak­ing a de­fi­ant 62.

Ear­lier Gary Knight and Ge­orge Lavelle had set up the lead­ers’ win with a 121-run stand for the third wicket, Knight mak­ing 68 not out and Lavelle again con­firm­ing his im­mense prom­ise with 66.

Fir­wood Boo­tle main­tained the pres­sure on the Brook Lane side with a very com­fort­able sev­en­wicket vic­tory over Ains­dale at Wad­ham Road.

Will Purser’s 5-35 and Chris Sten­house’s 4-32 skit­tled Andy Bar­low’s team for only 96 in 37.1 overs, al­though Joel Bar­low of­fered last re­sis­tance with an in­nings of 28.

Jak­son Knight’s 56 not out in 60 balls en­sured that Craig Prince’s team en­coun­tered no alarms on their way to their sixth win in eight matches.

How­ever, it was a poor day for the early sea­son lead­ers, New Brighton, who lost to Col­wyn Bay by three wick­ets in a tense match at Pen­rhyn Av­enue.

Paul Jenk­ins’ 4-18 en­gi­neered a col­lapse which saw the vis­i­tors de­cline from 82-2 to 121 all out in 40 overs.

Rumesh Bud­dhika then made 53 in 80 balls al­though Sion Mor­ris’s team took 50.1 overs to over­haul New Brighton’s score and lost seven wick­ets in the process.

There was an ex­otic en­counter at Moor Park where early rain prompted dec­la­ra­tion bowl­ing from North­ern’s James Cole and Liam Bid­dle­stone in the match against Leigh.

Karl Brown made per­haps the eas­i­est 91 runs he will ever score and Matt McKier­nan (64 not out) also tucked in to the help your­self buf­fet in the vis­i­tors’ 191-2 de­clared in 51 overs.

How­ever, Leigh’s ne­go­ti­a­tions worked in the vis­i­tors’ favour as McKier­nan took 6-43 in 9.4 overs as North­ern were bowled out for 145 in 28.4 overs.

It was also a fine day for Wal­lasey’s crick­eters who recorded their first win of the sea­son when they de­feated Formby by 76 runs at Ros­clare Drive.

Greg Beaver made 44 in the home side’s 175-4 de­clared in 51 overs and Chris Bourne then col­lected 4-39 as the Cricket Path side were bowled out for 99 in 34.2 overs. Formby are now tenth in the twelve-team ta­ble with only the South­port sides be­low them.

Si­mon Ker­ri­gan was in fine form for Orm­skirk at the week­end Si­mon Pen­drigh

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