Seven on the trot for Old Xavs

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

THE L&DCC’s most ex­cit­ing di­vi­sion this sum­mer con­tin­ued to thrill on Satur­day.

Just 13 points sep­a­rates first from third – with only the top two be­ing pro­moted – and all three sides en­sured no ground was lost last week­end.

Old Xave­ri­ans won their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive fix­ture to re­main in pole po­si­tion as they bowled bot­tom side Alder out for a miserly 28.

Alder have now lost all 16 of their league fix­tures this sea­son and will be hop­ing to re­turn stronger next term.

It took Xave­ri­ans just eight overs to record an em­phatic nine wicket, 25 point vic­tory, and they will be full of con­fi­dence fac­ing third-place Northop Hall this week in a mouth­wa­ter­ing en­counter.

Hall also posted an im­pres­sive vic­tory as they de­feated South­port Trin­ity at Smithy Lane.

Joshua An­drady was the hero with the bat as he recorded a sump­tu­ous 110 from 131 de­liv­er­ies be­fore Jamie Hodg­son added 45 and Michael Jamie Grif­fiths scored 50.

Daniel Clubbe had the lux­ury of declar­ing on 222-4 in­side 44 overs be­fore James Hurlin’s 5-48 from 24 overs en­sured a 57 run vic­tory.

Caldy were the other top three side in ac­tion on Satur­day and they got back to win­ning ways fol­low­ing their draw with Maghull the pre­vi­ous week.

Will Brewster’s men were skit­tled for just 122 by Hightown as Matt Lay­bourne (5-57) tore through the ranks, but an in­spired spell of 5-17 from Chris Edwards re­duced the home side to 92 all out fol­low­ing a stark mid­dle-or­der col­lapse.

Caldy face St He­lens Town at Ruskin Drive this week­end hop­ing to cap­i­talise on the fact that one of Xave­ri­ans or Northop must drop points as they face off.

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