Rose plants new record as Boo­tle beat Formby

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FIRWOOD BOO­TLE skip­per Neil Wil­liams was de­lighted as his young side over­came Formby by six wick­ets in Group B on Satur­day.

The side he took to Cricket Path in­cluded 13-year-old Jaden Rose – the youngest player ever to fea­ture for the Boo­tle first XI – as well as 19-year-old Lan­cashire prospect Jack Mor­ley on his de­but.

And Mor­ley proved to be the star of the show, tak­ing 4/10 with his left-arm spin to re­strict the hosts to 107, then help­ing his side over the line with an un­beaten 31.

Wil­liams said: “I got a bit of stick for win­ning the toss and bowl­ing, but I thought it was our best op­por­tu­nity to win the game.

“It looked like a wicket that would take some spin, and we’ve won the game with our spin at­tack there.

“Jack’s come in on his de­but and bowled ab­so­lutely fan­tas­ti­cally.

“We were re­ally quite con­fi­dent that we were go­ing to take some wick­ets in the mid­dle overs, and that’s what hap­pened.”

Af­ter a se­date start to the game, Will

Hale’s one-handed grab to see off James Seward seemed to spark the vis­i­tors into life, and set some hares run­ing in the hosts’ minds.

Seven of the Formby bats­men fell to catches in front of the wicket as Mor­ley and Daniel Davies slammed on the brakes in the mid­dle overs – El­liot Ket­ter­ing­ham and his team didn’t know whether to stick or twist, and ended up un­able to do ei­ther.

In re­ply, Ben Aitchi­son pro­duced a fiery nine-over spell af­ter mak­ing his first class de­but for Der­byshire the pre­vi­ous week­end, and Formby’s bowlers prob­a­bly drew more edges than Boo­tle’s. But the lack of runs on the board meant the slip cor­don was un­der­stocked and there was no-one there to catch them.

Af­ter Hale and Vishal Tri­pathi com­piled an open­ing stand of 53, the vis­i­tors lost four wick­ets for 14, in­clud­ing a stun­ning fly­ing catch by Sam Old­ham at cover to re­move Tri­pathi.

But the to­tal was still in reach, and the is­sue set­tled shortly af­ter Wil­liams joined Mor­ley in the mid­dle.

“I got a lot of stick for my first-baller last week, and the lads didn’t let me for­get that,” Wil­liams said.

“We have been known to lose wick­ets in clus­ters, which is some­thing we’re well aware of and we’re try­ing to im­prove on.”

Group B has now fea­tured four away wins, and one for each of its high-qual­ity

Premier Divi­sion sides.

North­ern’s Chris Laker fin­ished un­beaten on 61 in their 203/6 at Orm­skirk – Tom Seph­ton tweaked the new ball to great ef­fect, tak­ing 4/11 to hole the hosts’ re­ply be­low the wa­ter­line and set up a 110-run vic­tory.

The day’s clos­est game came in Group D, where St He­lens Town’s last pair crept over the line against Rain­hill.

It was closer than it should have been, af­ter the hosts reached 92/1 chas­ing 124, but James Clarke’s 4/17 al­most pulled off a sen­sa­tional come­back.

Ear­lier, Town’s Daniel Roberts had wrapped up the vis­i­tors’ in­nings by tak­ing 4/11 in just 21 balls.

Else­where in the group, Matthew Hurst top-scored with 51 in New­ton-leWil­lows’ 67-run win over Rain­ford.

Liam Nay­lor – signed by Liver­pool af­ter play­ing for Scot­land in the U19 World Cup over the win­ter – took 5/33 to wrap up an 82-run win over Old Xave­ri­ans in Group E. Aaron Bleak­ley’s 51 had helped set up a tar­get of 171.

The other city derby saw a sev­en­wicket win for Sefton Park over Wavertree – Robert Supria’s 60 made short work of the chase, af­ter no fewer than seven vis­it­ing bowlers had taken a wicket to dis­miss the hosts for 175.

Spare a thought for Nay­lor’s old club, Alder, in Group C, who have lost twice de­spite tak­ing 20 wick­ets for just 193 runs.

Hightown St Mary’s only man­aged 98 on Satur­day, but the West Derby side – forced to play their home games away for the time be­ing due to a fallen tree – slipped from 74/3 to 89 all out.

In the same group, Maghull’s An­thony Mol­loy struck an un­beaten 71 to an­chor their suc­cess­ful chase of 206 against Sut­ton.

In Group A, South­port Trin­ity’s Mark Prince took 6/29 to dis­miss South­port & Birk­dale for 144 at Trafal­gar Road – but the vis­i­tors fell 18 runs short.

Ains­dale made it two wins from two against Fleet­wood Hes­keth.

They had to do it the hard way af­ter an open­ing burst from Steve Gregory re­duced them to 25/4, but some lower or­der re­sistence helped them to 198/9. By con­trast, Hes­keth made it to 104/3 but lost their last seven wick­ets for 19 runs.

On the Wir­ral in Group F, New Brighton’s Mark Row­land played the in­nings of the day, mak­ing 125 from 112 balls to help his side to 274 against Birken­head Park; Se­bas­tian Botes took 5/42 as the vis­i­tors strug­gled to keep up with the rate, even­tu­ally fall­ing 80 short.

Wal­lasey made it two wins from two, skit­tling Caldy for 93 thanks to Khalid Wahbi’s 4/20 then knock­ing off the runs with seven wick­ets to spare.

Wi­gan’s Charles Tay­lor and John Richard­son put on 137 as they beat Or­rell Red Tri­an­gle by eight wick­ets.

Roger Green

Boo­tle in ac­tion against North­ern

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