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Hightown attack in control

Leaden skies matched the mood of Southport and Birkdale after they were thrashed by Hightown in a Liverpool and District Cricket Competition round blighted by poor weather which affected several Premier League games.

Opening batsman Guy Edwards led the way as his 58 underpinned a score of 167 all out from 41.1 overs.

Jordan Bell (4-44) and Chris Firth (3-8) returned excellent figures but their efforts were eclipsed by Hightown’s attack as Ian Sutcliffe (3-18), Andrew Warhurst (4-28) and D’arcy Short (3-7) wrapped the game up for the hosts, winning by 106 runs.

Maghull remain the early League leaders despite dropping points in a tense draw with promoted Wallasey.

Sabah Ghaus produced one of the spells of the day as his 6-44 off 19 overs restricted Wallasey to 138 all out off 40.1 overs.

Ryan Swiers chipped in with 3-52. Maghull’s reply centred around a knock of 70 by Jonathan Ring but he lacked support as Matthew Wilcox (4-26) and Liam Crilly (3-30) ensured the home side finished on 131 for nine.

Northern are second following another close finish in their home match with Fleetwood Hesketh. Andrew Watts (77) top scored for the visitors who posted a competitive 171 for six declared off 42.5 overs.

Northern were struggling until a middle order partnership between skipper James Cole (61) and Thomas Bailey (59) brought them back into contention.

With time running out Adnan Malik’s 4-54 proved decisive as the host’s run chase fell agonisingly short on 167 for eight.

New Brighton were unable to force a win after a commanding batting performance against champions Lytham. Skipper Louis Botes (66) and John While (82) shared an opening stand of 119 as the Rake Lane side declared on 220 for three off just 37.5 overs.

Lytham’s reply was struggling at 16 for two but 73 from Dominic O’Brien steadied the ship as the visitors hung on for the draw to close on 143 for seven.

Bootle’s match against Highfield got off to a start but rain stopped play after 25 overs while Ormskirk’s clash with Leigh was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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