Roberts’ stand not enough

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CHAMPIONS Lytham CC are yet to win this season in the Liverpool Competition after suffering their first defeat away to Hightown.

Anthony Mulligan’s side, who had drawn both previous ECB premier league fixtures, fell nine runs short in a thrilling run chase at Ocean Park, where Andrew Glennon’s 6-18 proved decisive.

Hightown made 168 in 58.3 overs, Gary Wells leading the way with an unbeaten 61 from 99 balls, which included eight fours and a six.

Having slumped from 55-1 to 80-7 the hosts did well to post such a competitive target as Joe Davies took 4-27 off five overs and Michael Rigby 3-48 off 19.

Lytham looked well set for victory as Fayaz Ughradar (42) and Nick Knight (25) put on 67 for the opening wicket. It was still looking good for the visitors at 108-3 but Guy Roberts started to make the bowlers suffer.

However, Glennon left him running out of partners before clean bowling Roberts himself, who was last man out for 64 off 69 balls, which featured nine fours and a six.

Lytham closed on 159 in 46.3 overs, home skipper Ian Sutcliffe taking 3-46.