NEW BRIGHTON dug in against Ormskirk in the Bridging FInance Solutions LDCC Premier League to ensure the champions had a frustrating day.
Ian Robinson’s side declared on 213-8 off 55 overs with Gavin Griffiths’ (38no) late order runs crucial.
Griffiths (3-33) then starred with the ball as he and Neville Talbot (3-25) helped reduce the visitors to nine wickets down, but New Brighton stood firm and claimed the draw finishing on 128-9.
Northern lead the Premier League after making it three wins out of three with victory against a stubborn Rainford.
Inserted into bat, the Crosby side scored consistently on their way to 215 all out with Ben Sloan (41) the standout in the face of some excellent bowling from Andrew Davies (6-49) and Andrew Pickavance (3-49).
In reply, Northern’s strike bowler Nicky Caunce was again in excellent form, taking 4-46. Justin Snow chipped in with 3-31 as winless Rainford were dismissed for 146 in the 48th over.
Bootle are hot on Northern’s heels after an excellent win against hotly-tipped Leigh. Batting first, the Wadham Road side struggled their way to 148 all out off 47.4 overs with Michael Baer (5-31) claiming five wickets.
The low target was more than enough however as William Purser (3-19) and Stephen Bunting (4-25) decimated the highly-rated Leigh batting line-up, dismissing them for just 75.
The standout performance of the day came at Highfield where Lancashire’s Cypriot batsman Andrea Agathangelou hit an unbeaten 143 as he and Andrew Hargreaves (69no) put on an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 210 against Hightown.
The 270-3 declared always looked a huge target and a miserable day for Hightown was completed as Scott Cornish (4-8) helped skittle them out for just 105.
Southport and Birkdale suffered a heavy nine-wicket defeat against visitors Lytham.
Fayaz Ughradar (3-14) and George Linde (4-27) reduced the home side to 121 all out with only opener Dave Aston (38) and Kyle Cranston (34) showing any resistance.
Third-placed Lytham knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket, with opener Nick Knight (44no) top scoring.
Maghull recovered well from last week’s thrashing by Northern to record a fine win against Colwyn Bay. Batting first at Old Hall Field, Maghull were dismissed for 150, with Andrew Hewitt (41) top scoring.
The Welsh side’s overseas professional, Australian Jake Haberfield claimed 5-55, but his efforts were eclipsed by Maghull’s Jack Snowdon, who took 7-30 as Colwyn Bay were dismissed for 129 to give Jonathan Ring’s side a valuable first win of the season.
WALLASEY kept up their 100% record to top the BFS LDCC First Division after victory over winless Sefton Park. Liam Crilly (46) and Michael Currey (46) top scored as Wallasey were dismissed for 188.
Chris Dye (3-44) bowled well for Sefton but it was the highly-rated Chris Bourne who performed the better as his 5-36 helped dismiss the visitors for 136.
Liverpool fell to a heavy defeat at Orrell Red Triangle who, batting first, made 176 all out off 59.4 overs. Chris Whelan (3-60), Iain Handley (3-56) and Hamish Dunlop (4-28) all bowled well for Liverpool but they were let down by their batsmen, after losing their last seven wickets for 29 runs.
Christian Edwards claimed 3-32 as Orrell notched up a 73-run victory.
Alder are still looking for a first win after they drew with Wigan.
Alder Captain Scott Aitchison (65no) top scored as the home side declared on 200-8 off 60 overs with Wigan’s Ryan Parry (3-55) and Mark Shorrocks (3-53) the stand out bowlers. Wigan never really chased the target with New Zealander Aaron Redmond (79no) top scoring as his side reached 132-5 from 38 overs. The game between Fleetwood Hesketh and Formby also finished in a draw after Fleetwood declared on 221-7, Adnan Malik top scoring with an unbeaten 46. Formby’s Lawrence Armstrong (56no) and Jay Lenton (69) led a strong chase but Steve Gregory (4-30) helped restrict the home side to 184-7.
The game between Northop Hall and Ainsdale was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.