Andy hits ton but Ormskirk draw
OPENING bat Andy Baybutt took advantage of perfect conditions at Brook Lane to make 116 for Ormskirk on Saturday but his side’s top of the table clash with Firwood Bootle ended in a draw.
Baybutt put on 100 for the first wicket with Michael Jones as Matt Glayzer’s side piled up 251-4 declared in 55 overs before the home bowlers’ efforts to force a win foundered on the broad blade of Vishal Tripathi.
The Bootle opener made 88 off 118 balls as his team replied with 204-8 off 53 overs, Ormskirk slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan picking up 4-56 to slow their run chase.
However, on a day when all four of the leading clubs in the ECB Premier League drew their matches neither New Brighton nor Leigh could take advantage of the stalemate at Brook Lane.
On the Wirral, Rainhill’s claims to be one of the leading clubs in the Liverpool Gin Liverpool Competition were strengthened when they piled up 289-3 off 55 overs against the 2015 champions New Brighton.
Tyler McGladdery led the way by making 135 off 153 balls and adding 142 for the second wicket with Sam Kershaw, who contributed 83.
Despite Louis Botes’ 60 and Mark Rowlands’ 63, New Brighton’s reply never threatened their notional target and the home team finished on 208-4 in 53 overs.
There was also a centurion at Beech Walk where Leigh’s last pair had to hang on for a draw after seeing Colwyn Bay play some excellent cricket in a closely-fought game.
Zak Gidlow’s 112 included 18 fours and three sixes and was the major contribution to the visitors’ 244-4 declared , a total which proved too steep for a batting order lacking Karl Brown.
Adam Shallcross made 58 but slow left-armer Paul Jenkins took 5-81 off 22 overs as Leigh were restricted to 201-9 off 55 overs.
At the bottom of the table, the two Southport sides and Formby are already in some danger of being cut adrift from the rest of the division after all three lost on Saturday.
Formby’s surprising travails this season deepened when they were hammered by nine wickets at Northern. Liam Grey took 6-31 as a home side captained by Elliot Ketteringham were dismissed for a paltry 96 in 28.4 overs. Tom Bailey’s 48 not out and Chris Laker’s unbeaten 41 further exposed the inadequacy of that target.
Ainsdale opener, Faiz Fazal, made another century but his 113 in the home team’s 220-8 declared was surpassed by the Lytham opener, Taylor Cornall, whose 136 not out saw his side achieve an eight-wicket victory in only 39.4 overs.
Southport and Birkdale picked up seven bonus points from their 74-run defeat to Wallasey but Chris Firth’s side are, like Ainsdale, still without a win in the Competition’s top division.
Greg Beaver was far and away the man of the match on Saturday, the Wallasey opener making 77 in his team’s 240-9 declared in 54.3 overs and then taking 5-13 as S&B collapsed from 137-2 to 166 all out, Chris Brownlow stroking 62.