A BRILLIANT bowling performance from Wallasey captain Chris Bourne ensured his side march on at the top of the Bridging Finance Solutions Liverpool and District Cricket Competition Division One.
Bourne claimed a career best 9-24 as bottom side Alder were skittled out for just 116, with only Harminder Singh (60) offering any resistance to Bourne’s magnificent spell. An unbeaten 50 from Graham Reid then ensured the leaders eased to victory, as they reached the target for the loss of two wickets to lead the division by 55 points.
Fleetwood Hesketh are second after they posted an easy victory over relegation-threatened Sefton Park. Fleetwood opener Neil Rimmer hit 117 and Andrew Watts 54 as the home side declared on 223-5 after 47 overs. Sefton captain Phil Calrow took 4-43 but his side could only reach 104 in reply with Steve Gregory (3-20), Thomas Wareing (3-22) and Conor Allison (3-21) taking three wickets each. The defeat leaves Sefton Park second from bottom, seven points from safety.
Newton-le-Willows are five points behind Fleetwood after they beat a Liverpool side who remain deep in trouble in 10th place. Batting first, Liverpool were dismissed for 149 with Mike Walkden (6-52) and Dominic Chambers (3-10) doing the damage. Newton lost five wickets on their way to reaching the target.
In a tight division, fifth placed Ainsdale remain only 12 points off a promotion spot after they beat Formby. Deciding to bat first, Ainsdale were bowled out for 190 with Andrew Barlow (63) top scoring. Mark O’Connor (4-53) and Lawrence Armstrong (4-18) posted the best figures for Formby. In reply, Nazim Mohammed (5-40) and Tahir Khan (4-53) helped dismiss Formby for 147.
Rainhill came away from Wales with a good win after they beat Northop Hall. Mohammed Qureshi (4-49) and Matthew Dale (3-21) helped Rainhill dismiss the Welsh side for 119.
Qureshi then hit an unbeaten 54 as his side reached the target for the loss of five wickets.