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Southport & Birkdale CC - 1st XI
Newton-le-Willows CC - 1st XI
Sat 12 May 13:00 - Liverpool and District Cricket Competition - 1st XI First Division (sponsored by Liverpool Gin) Drawn

SNB draw with newton

Snb 1st team draw with newton

That is more like it, although it may be a week or two before Southport and Birkdale’s cricketers appreciate the fact.

It goes like this. The glory of playing timed cricket is that in many games you need to bowl your opponents out to win the game. Draws are often tense and wonderful affairs, even if they occasionally test one’s patience.

Thus on Saturday, having made 165 all out on a slow wicket and lush outfield, S&B drew their match against Newton-le-Willows because they could only take nine wickets against a side who showed scant interest in victory after Andy Warhurst had removed both openers before their mushroom vol-au-vents had gone down.

In 55 overs S&B’s visitors compiled 99 runs, 15 of them extras. Welcome to the House of Fun. However, anyone thinking of dismissing the efforts of Newton-le-Willows’ batsmen should also consider how slim were their hopes of victory against an S&B attack including Gary Keedy.

The former Lancashire slow left-armer is currently going for less than a run an over and he is a formidable weapon in Chris Firth’s attack. But he is by no means the only one and it will be interesting to see what happens when a batting side takes on S&B’s bowlers.

On Saturday such aggression was absent as Chris Cunningham bowled a fine spell and Firth picked up his first league wickets of the season. Newton-le-Willows’ batsmen blocked it out. Rohan Bhalla faced 102 balls for 15 runs, Nathan Hughes 40 for four not out. Fair enough.

A highlight of the play after tea was Isaac Lea’s superb run out of Tom Gunshorn, although by that time some spectators may have lapsed into deep comas.

However, if S&B’s supporters needed some comfort as their vital signs returned, they may have found it in the strokeplay of Alex Trimboli, whose 43 was the centrepiece of the home side’s innings. Other batsmen began well, seven of them making double figures, but one or two were open to the charge of giving it away when most of the hard work had been done.

S&B have some fine young batsmen and they are capable of more than pretty scores in the teens or early twenties. Such limited achievement was severely punished in the Premier League and it will be no different when they come up against the best sides in the First Division.

For the moment S&B are third in the table having played one game fewer than their rivals. They visit bottom-placed Wavertree on Saturday.

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Scorecard

Southport & Birkdale CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat

Southport & Birkdale CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Bradley Yates
ct. M Brabander, b. D Chambers
9
17
0
0
52.9
Isaac Lea
lb. B Walkden
17
45
0
0
37.8
Adam S Phillips
ct. C Chambers, b. D Cartwright
13
23
1
0
56.5
Harry May
ct. N Hughes, b. B Walkden
19
45
0
0
42.2
Charlie Byrne
ct. M Brabander, b. N Hughes
21
55
2
0
38.2
Alex Trimboli
ct. D Chambers, b. D Chambers
43
61
3
0
70.5
Chris Firth
ro. M Brabander
6
44
0
0
13.6
Angus Gailey
b. D Chambers
0
3
0
0
0.0
Chris Cunningham
ct. D Cartwright, b. R Alam
20
16
2
1
125.0
Gary Keedy
ct. C Chambers, b. R Alam
11
6
0
1
183.3
Andrew Warhurst
Not Out
2
7
0
0
28.6
Extras
1b, 3nb
4
Total
for 10 wickets 53.1 overs
165

Newton-le-Willows CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Dominic Chambers
17.0
0
63
3
3.7
Daniel Cartwright
7.0
2
21
1
3.0
Ben Walkden
6.0
3
12
2
2.0
2nb
Thomas Gunshorn
10.0
0
43
0
4.3
1nb
Nathan Hughes
7.0
1
15
1
2.1
Rameez Alam
6.1
4
10
2
1.7

Newton-le-Willows CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ben Walkden
ct. H May, b. A Warhurst
1
9
0
0
11.1
Marc De Brabander
ct. G Keedy, b. A Warhurst
2
8
0
0
25.0
Christopher Chambers
lb. G Keedy
40
83
2
0
48.2
Rameez Alam
b. C Cunningham
12
29
2
0
41.4
James Smith
ct. A Phillips, b. C Cunningham
7
37
0
0
18.9
Liam Jenkins
b. C Cunningham
2
16
0
0
12.5
Thomas Gunshorn
ro. I Lea
1
1
0
0
100.0
Rohan Bhalla
ct. A Warhurst, b. C Firth
15
102
1
0
14.7
Nathan Hughes
Not Out
4
40
0
0
10.0
Dominic Chambers
lb. C Firth
0
7
0
0
0.0
Daniel Cartwright
Not Out
0
0
0
0
 
Extras
2w, 9b, 3lb, 1nb
15
Total
for 9 wickets 55.0 overs
99

Southport & Birkdale CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Andrew Warhurst
10.0
7
11
2
1.1
2w
Angus Gailey
6.0
0
22
0
3.7
1nb
Gary Keedy
19.0
11
15
1
0.8
Chris Cunningham
12.0
4
25
3
2.1
Chris Firth
8.0
1
14
2
1.8

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other 1st XI First Division (sponsored by Liverpool Gin) results

Liverpool CC - 1st XI
134/9
201/8d
Burscough CC - 1st XI
Birkenhead Park CC - 1st XI
100
120
Wigan CC - 1st XI
Prestatyn CC - 1st XI
118/2
116
Fleetwood Hesketh CC - 1st XI
Sefton Park CC - 1st XI
147
201/6d
Orrell Red Triangle CC - 1st XI
Wavertree CC - 1st XI
141
142/2
Ainsdale CC - 1st XI

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Southport & Birkdale CC - 1st XI 371
2. Orrell Red Triangle CC - 1st XI 362
3. Sefton Park CC - 1st XI 286
4. Ainsdale CC - 1st XI 273
5. Wigan CC - 1st XI 270
6. Birkenhead Park CC - 1st XI 251
7. Wavertree CC - 1st XI 237

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