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Local cricket: Seward’s delight as new faces end champions’ home run

Firwood Bootle’s unbeaten home league record – stretching back to July 2018 – ended slowly, then all at once.

Formby skipper James Seward was the architect of the defending Love Lane Liverpool Competition champions’ downfall – first with a pleasing knock of 69, then with an uncompromising decision to have his side bat beyond tea in order to put the game out of reach of the hosts.

With 235 on the board in the 60th over, he eventually called them in – and his bowlers, in particular two relatively new faces, rewarded his caution with an emphatic 116-run victory.

Fiery seamer Sam Ellis, newly arrived from Shrewsbury, kicked the door down with 3/43. In a crucial burst towards the end of a long opening spell, he had home skipper Neil Williams held at slip then castled Will Purser, allowing Seward to set attacking fields as the last hour arrived with the lower order exposed.

Then Saad Humayun – a left-arm spinner recruited from the cricketing hotbed of Austin, Texas – waltzed through the tail with 5/18.

Seward said he’d seen the error of his ways after last week’s defeat to Northern, who chased 218 after a declaration, adding: “I got a bit giddy and carried away and I brought the lads off too early having tried to accelerate too much.

“I felt like we controlled the game last week but shot ourselves in the foot.

“I didn’t want to make the same mistake today – I knew we probably had the firepower to bowl them out.

“Saad and Sam were excellent – they’ve given us a bit more control and a bit more discipline.”

The first two hours on Saturday had belonged to the visiting skipper, who played the ball late and unerringly found the gaps on the off-side. Williams shuffled his field in an attempt to plug them but didn’t turn to spin until the 33rd over; Ben Saunders breached Seward’s defence soon afterwards.

With Formby’s run rate barely topping three an over, Sam Oldham and Ollie Sutton eased on the gas a little – Oldham flicked Scott Butterworth over square leg with the best shot of the day, while Sutton heaved Saunders out of the ground to bring up the 200.

But a flurry of wickets – Butterworth took three in four balls – showed the value of taking things slowly, and Seward chose to focus on impregnability rather than bonus points when he let the overs tick past 55.

He was more than vindicated in the second act. Only Will Hale hinted at any kind of permanence – when he edged Humayun to Callum Turner at slip for 56, his side were 107/7 in the sixth over of the last hour, and the game was all but up.

Butterworth was reprieved by a juggling Turner then immediately drove straight to Ryan Brown at cover; Callum McKee fell to a swooping low catch by Oldham off Ellis; and Humayun bruised Toby Lester’s edge to wrap up the win.

Wallasey’s trip to Northern ended up as a one-sided affair; the hosts dismissed their Wirral visitors for 100, and knocked off the runs with ease. Tom Sephton got the ball rolling by dismissing last week’s centurion, Jamie Crawley, for a duck, but Northern’s seamers did the bulk of the damage – Ryan Maddock and Liam Grey both finished with 4/36. Jack Boardman’s unbeaten 59 wrapped up the seven-wicket win.

Taylor Cornall struck a cool unbeaten 71 to anchor Ormskirk’s chase of 171 as they defeated Leigh by five wickets. Mattie McKiernan was the mainstay of the visitors’ innings with 79; the hosts were teetering briefly at 78/4, but Cornall steadied the ship and saw them home.

Taylor Cornall was in the runs for Ormskirk against Leigh Picture by PETER ROGAN

Having pushed Ormskirk to the line last week, Sefton Park were given a reality check at New Brighton. Captain Jimmy Dixon bowled 23.5 uninterrupted overs to help dismiss the hosts for 171, but it proved more than enough – Park never really recovered after slipping to 18/4 and eventually fell 97 runs short.

Southport & Birkdale were also brought down to Earth after a promising opening day, finding themselves dismissed for 103 by Orrell Red Triangle, who eased to a convincing eight-wicket win.

Rainhill earned a dominant win over Wigan. Tyler McGladdery hit 78 and Sam Kershaw an unbeaten 68 before the innings closed on 222/3; the visitors never looked like getting close, stumbling to 23/5 before eventually being dismissed for 92.

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