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.