Andy hits ton but Ormskirk draw

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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.

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