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Davies guides Bootle Marine waste no time to tight win over Orrell to strengthen squad FIRWOOD Bootle backed up their splendid win over Northern the previous weekend with a victory against Orrell Red Triangle at Wadham Road last Saturday which yielded another 25 point maximum and propelled them to second place in the Liverpool Competition premier league table behind the new leaders Formby. The newly promoted visitors elected to bat first, but at 31-4 found themselves in early trouble against the Bootle seam attack of Scott Butterworth and Jhangir Liaqat. A brave fifth wicket partnership of 95 between Chris Riley (54) and Sam Heeley (45) restored parity, but once that was broken the lower order collapsed and Orrell RT were all out for 141 in the 51st over, Butterworth (539) and Liaqat (5-30) being the destroyers in chief. Home supporters might have thought that

Butterworth and Liaqat share ten wickets to restrict visitors to 141 in maximum points victory their team was left with a relatively straightforward task, but the reality was somewhat different as some tidy bowling and astute field settings made runs difficult to come by. A patient but crucial 32 not out from Danny Davies proved to be the key to the home side’s response and Bootle edged to victory by four wickets in the 47th over. Sunday’s Royal London Cup tie was rearranged for Sunday, May 26, and this Saturday Bootle visit Ormskirk in the first round of the Ray Digman Trophy. The following afternoon they host Garstang in the LCB Lancashire Knockout Cup.

Northern narrowly fail to force a result at Wallasey NORTHERN were held to a draw at Wallasey after they chose to bat, and thanks to an unbeaten 58* from skipper James Cole and 30 from Justin Snow, declared on 182-9, with Chris Bourne 3-31 and Sumit Ruikar 3-78 taking the majority of the wickets to fall. In reply, Chris Davie 44, Steve Williams 31 and Ruikar 29 saw the hosts close out on 154-8 with Danny Houghton taking 329, writes Glenn Wallworth. Formby maintained their fine start to the season in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition as they moved to the top of the Premier Division with a 122 run win at Colwyn Bay. The visitors were put in to bat and thanks to 86 from opener James Seward, 67 from skipper Elliot Ketteringham and an unbeaten 27* from Luke Tinsley were able to declare 232-9, with Paul Jenkins taking 5-55. In reply, a superb spell of bowling (11.4-7-11-6 inc a hat trick) from former Zimbabwean International Tatenda Taibu and 4-59 from Sam Oldham helped dismiss the hosts for 110 to wrap up a maximum points victory.

Formby go top after 122 run win at Colwyn Bay Southport & Birkdale secured their first win of the campaign with a 53 run home win against Leigh, the hosts elected to bat and made a decent start thanks to runs from Will Affleck 39 and 27 each from Adam Phillips and Harry May, they then collapsed from 104-3 to 143 all out as the spin of Toby Bulcock 5-49 and Ryan Housley 3-21 accounted for the mid to lower order. In reply, the hosts spin trio of Chris Cunningham 3-8, Gary Keedy 3-18 and skipper Chris Firth 3-23 combined to dismiss the visitors for just 90. Ormskirk recorded a 38 run home win against Lytham, the hosts chose to bat first and declared their innings on 197-6, thanks to runs from Gary Knight 50*, Tyler McGladdery 49 and 29 from Rob Rankin. In reply, keeper Matthew Taaffe 34 and Lancashire’s Toby Lester 33 top scored for the visitors who were dismissed for 159 with Ryan Maddock taking 5-45.

MARINE have wasted no time in preparing for a promotion push next season after signing two new players. The Mariners are aiming for a quick return to the Evo-Stik Premier Division after suffering relegation and manager Neil Young is keen to bolster his squad. The first signing is striker Niall Cummins, who had joined Marine on loan in December from National North club Curzon Ashton and scored four goals in ten full appearances last season. The 32-year-old forward was playing well but his season ended prematurely when he broke his ankle at Hednesford Town. Cummins said: “It was an easy decision to return to Marine for the 2019/2020 season. The management and board have made their intentions clear and promotion is the number target for both them and myself. “I was unlucky to get injured when I did last season as I felt we were in good form as a squad but that is in the past now and I personally don’t want to dwell on last season, but go in to this 125th anniversary season full of optimism and with one objective. “I will also be looking forward to seeing who else arrives over the next few weeks and getting down to business come mid August.” The second signing announced this week is 19-year-old defender James Ellison, who made 40 appearances for Colwyn Bay last season. He joined Tranmere Rovers as a 15-yearold, after playing junior football in Liverpool, and progressed to their Under 18s side after being awarded a two year scholarship, but was released by the League Two club at the end of the 2017-18 season

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Meanwhile, Marine has released ticket prices for next season. Adult season tickets are priced at £140, Concessions is £70 and Juniors (11-16) is £20. A 'Life Membership' is £1,400 and gate prices will remain unchanged at £10 adults, £5 concessions with accompanied Under 11s admitted free.

Bucks form rewarded with club of the month award BOOTLE’S fine end of season form has been rewarded, with the club being named the Hallmark Security League Premier Division Club of the Month for April. The Bucks recorded three wins and one draw in the month. But their draw, against

Northwich Victoria on the final day of the season, allowed City of Liverpool to pip Joe Doran's side to the title. It's the second consecutive month that the Bucks claimed the award, with Doran's side finishing their campaign on the back of an incredible 21 game unbeaten run.

Ring half century can’t save Maghull IN the Second Division, Maghull suffered a 59 run defeat at Sutton. The hosts elected to bat and thanks to runs from Chathura Ranawaka 45, Jack York 28 and Joe Noctor 26 were able to post a total of 164 on the board, with Joe Medew-Ewen taking 4-21 and Cam Lawrenson 3-31. In reply, Maghull were bowled out for just 105 with opener Jon Ring 51 scoring almost half of them, as the rest had no answer to Jamie

Greener 6-13 and Andrew Dodd 3-32. Hightown St Mary’s suffered a huge nine wicket home defeat to leaders Liverpool. After choosing to bat the hosts were dismantled for just 39 with only Wade Williams 17* able to reach double figures as the rest failed to cope with an unbroken spell of bowling form Daniel Clubbe 6-16 and Danny Kelly 4-23. In reply an unbeaten 20* from opener Henry Charlton eased the visitors to 40-1 to

wrap up victory in the 9th over. Burscough sit one place off the bottom after a 157 run defeat at Caldy, the hosts racked up 245-8 dec with Malinga Amarasinghe 77 and Haroon Khan 39 top scoring, whilst Chris Andrews 3-33 and Ryan Hughes 3-67 took the bulk of the wickets. In reply, only skipper Brendan Domigan 35 and Alan Murray 15* reached double figures for the visitors who were bowled out for 88 with Lloyd Eastham taking 5-34.

THIS weekend’s local LDCC fixtures: Saturday, May 18 (1pm). Ray Digman Trophy first round: Ainsdale v Sefton Park, Ormskirk v Bootle, Formby v Leigh and Southport & Birkdale v Colwyn Bay Ray Tyler Shield first round: Hightown St Mary’s v Old Xaverians and Burscough v Newton le Willow Ray Tyler Shield second round: Southport Trinity v Sutton and Maghull v Spring View.

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Historic clash between women’s teams HISTORY was made last weekend when the women's teams of two local cricket clubs met for the first time. The match, played at the Northern Club, saw Hightown Hurricanes defeat

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Northern Ninjas by just three runs, scoring 264 runs to their opponents’ 261. The game was played to a very high standard with some impressive batting, bowling and fielding from

both sides. Both teams will now go on to compete in the newly formed Liverpool and District women’s league and various softball cricket tournaments over the summer.

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