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Chorley's Iain Critchley bowls as Dominic O'Brien prepares his run

Chorley's Iain Critchley bowls as Dominic O'Brien prepares his run

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Lytham CC made it two Liverpool Competition victories over the bank holiday weekend with an emphatic 75-run victory over struggling Highfield at Church Road.

Having been put in, Lytham lost skipper Guy Roberts for 13 but then put on 87 for the second wicket as Will Hale was joined by professional Dom O’Brien.

Australian O’Brien led the way with 88 from 92 balls, including eight fours and three sixes. It was pro’s best score of the season and took him past 700 in all competitions.

Hale was more patient but nonetheless fired nine fours in his 77 as Lytham declared at 245-4 after 55 overs. Andrea Agathangelous took 3-75 from 18 overs.

Despite losing a wicket before a run was on the board, relegation-threatened Highfield chased their target with determination until a middle-order collapse, which saw three wickets go down with the score on 135, ended their hopes.

Captain Michael Farrell top-scored with 52 before falling to spinner Danny Edwards.

Edwards, who had represented Lancashire Colts the previous day at Fleetwood in the Northern League along with Lytham team-mate Faz Ughradar, finished took 4-38 from his 12 overs.

Ben Saunders claimed 3-29 off 11 overs as Highfield were sent packing for 170 in 44.4 overs.

This win, following Saturday’s three-wicket success at Fleetwood Hesketh, keeps Lytham in third spot in the ECB premier league, though they will struggle to climb any higher with three matches left.

Leaders Northern, who are beyond the reach of champions Lytham, lost on Monday to second-placed Ormskirk, the only side with an outside chance of catching them.