Top boys show stub­born streak

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - P W D L AbND T BatBl Pts P W D L AbND T BatBl Pts P W D L AbND T BatBl Pts BY TOM EVANS tom.evans@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @TomE­van­sE­cho

0 12 13 165 0 16 22 158 0 13 10 148 0 24 12 136 0 19 14 93 0 12 19 91 0 13 12 90 0 6 14 80 0 12 14 66 0 19 21 65 0 25 18 63 0 9 16 30 0 20 14 154 0 23 7 150 0 14 20 114 0 14 9 108 0 4 23 92 0 5 18 88 0 7 21 88 0 8 24 72 0 5 21 71 0 7 29 56 0 13 14 52 0 11 16 32 0 9 19 148 0 20 12 132 0 15 12 127 1 10 6 116 0 9 26 95 1 18 19 92 0 17 11 92 0 5 13 83 0 4 16 50 0 16 21 42 0 5 19 24 NO-ONE was giv­ing an inch at the top of the Liver­pool Gin Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion Premier Di­vi­sion – the top four all won, and claimed 97 of the 100 points avail­able to them.

North­ern re­main at the sum­mit after hold­ing on to clinch a 13-run win over Rain­hill. James Cole’s men posted 170-8, after Justin Snow’s 48 had res­cued them from an iffy start, while Ak­shay Arun Darekar twirled away to take 5-68. The vis­i­tors were in with a sniff at 127-6, but Snow wrapped up the win, and a fine all-round per­for­mance, with 5-30.

Sec­ond-placed Formby also cut it fine, edg­ing High­field by 16 runs. Their 210-7 owed much to a sec­ond wicket stand of 116 be­tween Tim Smithies (91) and Sam Old­ham (50) – then, as has of­ten been the case this sea­son, it was over to Sab­bir Pa­tel, who claimed 6-64 as the hosts, de­spite Owais Shah’s 55, fell just short.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Orm­skirk, in fourth, also had the bet­ter of a close en­counter, over­haul­ing Leigh’s 166 with three wick­ets to spare. Toby Bul­cock hit 89 for the hosts while Ian Robin­son’s 57 made sure of the win, de­spite a late clat­ter of wick­ets.

But it was third-placed Boo­tle who had the most em­phatic win of the day. Col­wyn Bay could not han­dle their open­ing pair of Chris Lip­trot and Wil­liam Purser – the lat­ter fin­ished with 7-39 as the Welsh­men fell for just 76. And they only needed their open­ers in re­ply, as well – Will Hale fin­ished on 57 not out as he and Vishal Tri­pathi knocked off the runs.

Cap­tain Craig Prince spoke ear­lier in the sea­son of the need to string some re­sults to­gether in order to mount a ti­tle chal­lenge – with the ex­cep­tion of a blip at Rain­hill in late May, his side are do­ing just that.

Prince said: “Re­cently Chris Lip­trot has been tak­ing all the plau­dits, but Will’s bowled at the other end with zero luck. But he bowled beau­ti­fully on Satur­day – they both did, but it was Will’s day. Some­one said the first 10-15 overs were like watching a first­class pair.

“They’re both out­stand­ing bowlers – they both rarely bowl a bad over.”

And Prince was pleased there were no small-chase jit­ters from his bats­men.

“We came un­stuck on an ab­so­lute bun­sen at Rain­hill chas­ing a small to­tal but Will Hale bat­ted re­ally pos­i­tively,” he said. “He outscored Vishal, and not many play­ers do that.

Else­where, there were mixed for­tunes for the di­vi­sion’s two Wir­ral clubs.

Wal­lasey’s win at Rain­ford was a team tri­umph – six bats­men made dou­ble fig­ures as they posted 195-7. In re­ply, An­drew Davies hit 64 not out and John Dot­ters made 53 – but there were six ducks as the rest col­lapsed around them, fall­ing 31 runs short.

New Brighton, on the other hand, con­tinue to strug­gle. Lytham’s Ben Saun­ders blew away their top order.

Roger Green

A Rain­hill fielder takes eva­sive ac­tion against North­ern

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