Woes in Wirral pile up for the champs

Cricket action from Lytham v Bootle.'Lytham pace bowler Marcus Sharp. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-6-2011
Cricket action from Lytham v Bootle.'Lytham pace bowler Marcus Sharp. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-6-2011

LYTHAM CC’s wait for a return to winning ways continues after they were bowled out for 94 at New Brighton, who won Saturday’s Liverpool Competition clash by 60 runs.

The Wirral hosts elected to bat in grey conditions on a hard pitch.

Lytham had them in trouble at 65-4 inside 18 overs as Marcus Sharp dismissed two of the top four and Joe Davies had overseas player Dewayne Bowden caught by Cooper for 29.

New Brighton regrouped with a fifth wicket stand of 59 between Martyn Evans and Michael Hughes.

Evans passed fifty, though wickets began to fall around him, including that of Hughes for 28.

Sharp had the latter caught by Sam Holliday, then trapped keeper Hale lbw next ball, though the paceman’s hat-trick ball was calmly defended away.

Fayaz Ughradar then joined the attack and helped polish off the home side with 3-2 off three overs.

His victims included Evans, caught by Sharp at slip for 55 after an 83-ball knock which featured ten fours.

Sharp had last-man Cuthill caught at slip to finish with 5-66 from 23.3 overs as New Brighton were all out for 154 in 46.3 overs.

Lytham began their reply after a heavy shower and struggled from the start.

Nick Knight fell to New Zealander Bowden for a fourth-ball duck and the second over brought the key wicket of Lytham overseas man Dom O’Brien, trapped lbw to Evans’ first delivery for a single.

At 8-2, Ughradar and Guy Roberts steadied the ship until Hale caught the former off Bowden for ten to leave Lytham 35-3. The Lytham dominoes then began to fall as Davies’ middle stump was ripped out by Bowden after he had scored only a single.

Roberts, captain Mulligan, and No.7 Openshaw all fell cheaply to the deadly tandem bowling of Bowden and Evans to leave the visitors on the rack at 60-7 inside 25 overs.

No.8 Michael Cooper then hit a brave 30 off 35 balls, with five fours and a six, to show there was still fight in the ECB premier league champions, but his tail-end partners could offer little in support.

Evans was named man of the match after a haul of 6-52 off 16 overs to go with his half-century and he was ably supported by Bowden (2-15 off seven)

Lytham stay sixth and can only now aim for a top-four finish. A much-needed victory at home to Leigh on Saturday will give them a massive boost towards that goal.

SCOTT CHURCHMAN