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Date: 8th May 2019

Centuries for Prestatyn's Andy Taylor and Jack Wensley of Liverpool. Hessey takes Seven.

In the 2nd XI Premier Division, Lytham continued their fine start to the season by recording their third successive victory (benefitting as the only side in the area able to complete the game and record a win during last Saturday's near total weather washout).

Batting first on what appeared to be a difficult pitch and conditions at Wigan, their captain must have felt that their score of 133 for 9 declared was challenging enough as four of the Lytham batsmen reached twenties but could not press on. A steady start by the home openers was soon disrupted as Thomas Hessey returned his best bowling figures of seven for 33 to earn a 15-run advantage and retain top spot in this fledgling season.

An even closer result was at Ormskirk where the home side won by 7 runs against New Brighton. George Politis and Matthew Thompson each passed 70 for their respective sides.

The division's top scorer was Liverpool's James Wensley who scored 111 not out to help his side to a six-wicket victory. Another bowler in the wickets was Nathan Beaver who helped Wallasey secure the biggest victory of the day with a career best return of 6 for 41 over Formby. Rob Supria scored 75 in Sefton's success.  Orrell RT drew at Birkdale.

In Division One, four sides helped themselves to a second victory. Kulasekaran scored 92 not out as Wavertree amassed 254 in a comprehensive win over Maghull. Philip Causey with 6 for 17 helped Ainsdale to a good victory over Newton Le Willows whose own bowler Callum Hewitt  also took six victims.

Ben Gregory with 59 was top scorer as Highfield chased down Rainford's total. Tom Meskell took a “five for” as Bootle limited and then overhauled Old Xaverians. Birkenhead Park and Spring View were the days other winners.

In Division Two Leigh and Fleetwood Hesketh set the early pace. Tom Gunshorn recorded  figures of 5 for 16 to help limit Burscough to 146. Zac Donohue added 34 to set his side on the way to victory. After Andy Taylor impressive century (108) dominated the Prestatyn innings with only one other player barely reaching double figures with the wickets shared around, Fleetwood set about effectively chasing down the target. Pike and Regan topping 40.

A close-run thing saw Parkfield Liscard victorious by two wickets as 18 wickets fell for just 75 runs against new comers Norley Hall despite Neil Atkinson best efforts of taking with 5 for 31 was ultimately in vain. Joe Damen (43) helped Southport Trinity win another low scoring affair.

Alan Mellor (55) and Alex McLoughlin (52) as Caldy were held by Hightown St Marys and both Jack Smallwood  (67) and Liam Bowyer (63) were unbeaten as Northop Hall drew at St Helens Town.

If there are any notable performances in this or future weeks that you feel should be included, please forward me details

Rob Durand

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