Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

THE chas­ing pack are main­tain­ing their pur­suit but Liver­pool marked the mid­point of the league sea­son on Satur­day by record­ing their eighth win in 11 games and Matt Jackson’s team now lead the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ta­ble by 21 points.

The Aig­burth side over­came Satur­day morn­ing’s sec­ond-placed side, Old Xave­ri­ans, by eight wick­ets when Peter Kelly’s 4-34 and Henry Charl­ton’s 3-17 dis­missed Ian Car­roll’s side for 150 and Jared Clein then added a pol­ished 65 not out in the vis­i­tors’ suc­cess­ful run­chase.

Spring View are now sec­ond af­ter their crush­ing 115-run win at Northop Hall. Danny Clubbe took 5-65 for the Smithy Lane team but Amar Ul­lah’s 94 and David Gor­nall’s 57 were enough to see their side safely to a for­mi­da­ble 220-7 de­clared. Marc Birch’s 5-50 and Saif Rehman’s 4-45 made cer­tain that Spring View went home with the 25 points.

Maghull are also well in con­tention af­ter they in­flicted a 102-run de­feat on St He­lens Town. Jon Ring’s 80 and Wil­liam Mashinge’s 52 were enough to see Paul Wal­ters’ men amass 241-9 de­clared in 52 overs be­fore Liam Gib­bons’ 5-29 lim­ited the home side to 139 all out.

How­ever, the per­for­mance of the day in the third tier came from Alder’s Kam­ran Hus­sain, who took 9-58 in 20.4 overs as Wavertree col­lapsed from 90-1 to 174 all out in 48.4 overs, Dar­ren Colin do­ing his best to halt the tum­ble of wick­ets by mak­ing 79.

But Hus­sain’s fine bowl­ing was enough to see his team to a 33-run vic­tory af­ter they had ear­lier made 207 all out, Phil Clay­ton con­tribut­ing 49 while both Jadeja Ed­wards and Matt Na­tion took four wick­ets for Wavertree.

It was also a suc­cess­ful day for South­port Trinity’s Hay­den McCrae, al­though his team’s game against Prescot & Odyssey ended in a rain-af­fected draw. None­the­less, McCrae’s 107 off 130 balls was his third cen­tury of the sea­son and it helped Trinity net a full haul of bat­ting points in their 245-7 de­clared. P&O ended on 161-7 af­ter 38 overs.

In the other match Caldy man­aged only 135 all out in 56.3 overs against Park­field Lis­card but Sadrey De­spieza then took 6-37 as the vis­i­tors were bun­dled out for 112 in 48.3 overs.

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