WALLASEY took advantage of abandoned matches elsewhere to extend their lead at the summit of the Bridging Finance Solutions Liverpool and District Cricket Competition First Division after beating struggling Formby by five wickets.
Formby’s innings was looking promising at 91-3 but they lost their last seven wickets for just 43 runs as Liam Crilly posted brilliant figures of 7-35. Chris Bourne chipped in with 3-44 to dismiss the visitors for 134 off 56.3 overs. Formby again failed to make the most of a good start as they reduced Wallasey to 12-3 but Michael Curry (41), Daniel Beaver (36no) and David Miles (29no) saw the leaders home and secure a 25 point lead over Orrell Red Triangle.
Ainsdale moved into third place after a hard fought victory at Liverpool. Openers Hamish Dunlop (51) and Owen Jones (74) gave the home side a great start but there was very little after that as Liverpool declared on 177-9 off 38.2 overs with Ainsdale’s Nazim Mohammed (4-34) and Tahir Khan (4-50) doing the damage. Liverpool opening bowler Chris Whelan (4-80) did his best to restrict Ainsdale but Andrew Barlow (53) and Malcolm Swift (28no) saw them home for a
three wicket win.
Alder v Northop Hall, Orrell Red Triangle v Newton le Willows, Sefton Park v Rainhill and Wigan v Fleetwod were all abandoned without a ball being bowled as was the complete programme of fixtures in the Second Division.