Hand it to Ring for 146 runs

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

WHILE the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle may be Liver­pool’s to lose, a clutch of other teams seem to be gath­er­ing for a bat­tle royal in the sec­ond half of the 2017 cricket sea­son.

Five sides are cov­ered by 25 points af­ter Satur­day’s games which in­cluded a high-scor­ing draw be­tween Maghull and Old Xave­ri­ans at Old Hall Field.

Jon Ring made 146 off 156 balls in the home side’s mam­moth 271-8 de­clared in 55 overs with Matthew North do­ing his best to stem the tide with 5-65.

How­ever OXs are a re­silient bunch th­ese days and skip­per Ian Car­roll con­trib­uted 88 as they replied with 220-8, William Mashinge tak­ing 3-27.

Spring View re­main sec­ond in the ta­ble de­spite los­ing by six wick­ets at St He­lens Town.

Phil Mur­ga­troyd took 6-40 to skit­tle the vis­i­tors for 109 and Harry Rigby’s 34 did much of the work to over­haul that to­tal.

Wavertree are fifth in the ta­ble and still in con­tention af­ter their ex­hil­a­rat­ing seven-wicket vic­tory at Caldy.

Re­ply­ing to the home side’s 223-9 de­clared, in which Ha­roon Khan made 90, the Sandown Lane team made 224-3, Dar­ren Colin lead­ing the charge with 94 not out.

At the top of the ta­ble, Prescot & Odyssey found Pe­ter Kelly’s wiles too much for them at Aig­burth.

The Liver­pool spin­ner took 6-35 as P&O were rolled for just 106 and Henry Charl­ton’s 40 took Matt Jack­son’s team to their tenth win in 13 league matches this sea­son.

Tony Camp­bell took 3-56 in Park­field Lis­card’s 180-8 de­clared and then made 75 to help the Rook­ery team pass that tar­get in 51.3 overs, al­beit with only two wick­ets in hand.

Alas­tair An­drady’s 110 was the cen­tre­piece of Northop Hall’s 107-run vic­tory over Alder.

The home side made 238-4 de­clared in 52 overs and Daniel Clubbe took 5-53 in Alder’s 131 all out.

How they stand: Sec­ond Di­vi­sion: Liver­pool 251, Spring View 208, Maghull 207, St He­lens Town 194, Old Xave­ri­ans 191, Wavertree 182, Northop Hall 166, South­port Trin­ity 150, Caldy 132, Alder 125, Park­field Lis­card 97, Park­field and Lis­card 72.

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