Thursday, September 17, 2020The Advertiser 30 Results Group A Ainsdale v Fleetwood Hesketh - Match abandoned Southport & Birkdale Southport Trinity 81 (35.5) lost to 85/5 (34.2) SOUTHPORT & BIRKDALE 81 (35.5), LOST TO SOUTHPORT TRINITY, 85/5 (34.2) BY 5 WICKETS by five wickets Group B LOVE LANE LEAGUE GROUP A Formby Ormskirk 169 (38.2) lost to by 24 193/9 (45) runs Northern Firwood 179/9 beat (45) 11 3 0 2 2 9 21 5 4 5 12 81 Bootle 90 (34.2) by 89 runs Group C Hightown St Mary’s Alder 158/8 (44.3) 157/8 beat by two wickets (45) Sutton Maghull 170/8 (45) 110 beat by 60 runs (30) Group D Newton-leWillows Rainhill 160 (42.5) lost to 32 1 7 5 1 14 11 15 85 by 25 runs 185 (45) ● Rainford St Helens Town 188/9 beat (45) 166 by 22 runs (44.4) Group E Old Xaverians beat 207/7 (45) Sefton Park 135 by 72 runs (42.3) Wavertree 160 LOVE LANE LEAGUES ROUND-UP lost to (38.5) Liverpool 279/4 by 119 runs (45) FORMBY’S Sam Oldham put in one of the individual performances of the season against Ormskirk in Group B – but it wasn’t enough to save his side from defeat, despite having topped the round-robin table. After John Armstrong’s unbeaten 56 had propelled the visitors to 193/9, the hosts lost regular wickets and, at 83/9, seemed dead and buried. Oldham had other ideas – channelling Ben Stokes at Headingley, and with last man Alex Powell in the Jack Leach role, he hit seven fours and seven sixes to reach 121 and bring his side within a few more shots of victory. Sadly for Formby, there was no Nathan Lyon moment – Powell was run out with 25 needed. Oldham can take some consolation from his fourth 1st XI century in as many years, and pride of place on a collector’s item scorecard – nobody finished in double figures, the next highest score being seven. Northern will host Ormskirk in the group final (Covid restrictions permitting) after Taylor Cornall’s 67 and three wickets apiece for Ryan Maddock and Andrew Clarke wrapped up a comfortable win over Firwood Bootle. The situation in Group A is far from clear, after Ainsdale’s game against Fleetwood Hesketh had to be called off owing to a positive Covid test. There was agony for Alder as they fell just two wickets short against Hightown St Mary’s in their Love Lane League Group C semi-final on Saturday. Hightown wicketkeeper Josh Moran clipped the winning four over square leg from the third ball of the final over. But seeing his side slip to their seventh defeat from seven, skipper Niall McHale insists there are plenty of positives to take from his first season at the helm. “Bar one game, at Maghull, we’ve been competitive,” he said. “A little naivety has cost us – we’re a really young side and we maybe lack a batsman or two who can see us over. “But the lads are young and the future is bright for them.” In three of their six previous outings this summer, Alder’s young attack have dismissed sides for totals that would have won this game with plenty to spare. It was a curious scorecard in the end – 11 of the batters across both sides made it to 16, but none went further than the 27 scored by McHale and Jack Hale, who helped elevate Alder’s score from 123/7 to a defendable 157/8 from their 45 overs. Hightown, in reply, reached 78/2 but then lost three wickets for 10 runs; when the sixth fell with 47 required, McHale scented victory. But it wasn’t to be – instead, the focus switches to next year. Group C’s other semi saw Maghull restrict Sutton to 170/8, from 110/2, only to fall well short as Andrew Dodd took 6/29. Group F New Brighton beat 249/7 (45) Birkenhead Park by 63 186 (41.5) runs Wallasey Caldy 306/7 42 beat by 264 runs (45) (23.3) Group G Highfield Wigan 141 (45) 138/7 beat by three runs (45) Leigh Norley Hall 197 (43.4) beat by 116 runs 81 (32.1) Spring View 162 lost to (39.2) Orrell Red Triangle 163/5 ● by five wickets (32.5) RAY HIBBS
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