ECB Premier League - Moore and Horton too much for Leigh
Saturday 4th June 2005

Records were broken at Sefton Park where the home side declared at 274-1 after 51 overs against a Leigh side depleted by injuries. Openers Ben Moore (119*, 140 balls, 15x4s, 1x6) and Lancashire's Paul Horton (123, 152 balls, 15x4s, 2x6s) became the first openers to each score a century in partnership when they created a new ECB Premier League record of 240 for the first wicket. The previous highest partnership of 219 had been jointly held by Kevin Burns and David Snellgrove (Ormskirk at Southport and Birkdale in 1999) and Sean Casham and Nikhail Haldipur (Wigan v Lytham in 2002).

The total was Sefton Park's highest ECB Premier League score, beating 255-3d at New Brighton in 2004. The partnership was their highest since David Heyes (179*) and Howard Parker (62*) opened with 249* against Ormskirk in 1995.

Leigh, left with 62 overs, were soon 2-2 when Dave Poskitt grabbed two wickets from the last two balls of the first over. Neil Williams (41) and Luke Pomersbach (45) added 67 but wickets fell to skipper Howard Parker, who ended with 5-51, and Leigh were all out for 195 with ten balls remaining.

Bootle lost their lead at the top of the table when they held on to a draw at Fleetwood Hesketh. Hesketh were struggling at 54-6 but Kevin Murray (68*) and John Bowden (18) added 32. Murray then added 66 with Mike Bimpson (31) and a further 57 with Paul Mullen (34) before the end came at 213 after 63 overs, three wickets apiece to Ronnie Davis (3-44) and Charlie Lamb (3-47).

Paddy McKeown (61) and David Snellgrove (27) opened with 77 for Bootle but Ian Cockbain (19*) batted out 13 overs to force a draw at 176-8 after 46 overs.

Lytham moved off the bottom of the table after a 65 run win at strugglers Hightown. After a welcomed win on Monday, Hightown could only manage 102 (44 overs) with Aaron Alley (4-33) and Marcus Sharp (3-26) doing the damage in reply to Lytham's 167-6d (58 overs). The visitors were 110-5 at one stage but then Alley (54) and Guy Roberts (31) added 53.

Northern recorded their fifth win of the season after they lost two wickets on the way to overhauling Huyton's 70 all out after 45.3 overs. Karl Brown took 3-1 after bowling 6 overs, 5 of them maidens, whilst Phil Cooper, Alex Blake and James Marshall ended with two wickets each.

Northern's reply lasted just 15 overs, James Marshall (36*) and Steve Parry taking his average for the season to 256.00 with 31*.

Northop Hall took over bottom place after losing their fifth match of the season, at Rake Lane against New Brighton. Hall invited the Rakers to bat and Chris Davies (60) and Kevin Burns (49) took advantage by opening with a stand of 111. Paul Strang added 44 in a total of 220-7d (53 overs) with Goolam Bodi taking 4-43.

Hall came to within 20 runs of the home side's total but that was owing to James Dyer (61) and David Kennedy (45) adding 78 for the second wicket. Paul Strang (6-37) and Martyn Evans (4-80) shared the wickets.

Wallasey invited Ormskirk to bat at Brook Lane and had them in trouble at 94-5. More was to come until, at 131-7, Phil Unsworth (42) and Adam Waterhouse (39*) added 78 with the declaration coming at 209-8 from 63.3 overs, Phil Luxon taking 3-38.

The visitors were never in the hunt and ended on 125-8 (47 overs), Unsworth completing an all round performance with 5-32 from 17 overs, 8 of them maidens.