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Cricket: Bootle crash to a shock defeat; Local Cricket Title hopes are dented as Fleetwood Hesketh pounce Liv Comp Premier Division.

Byline: By JAMES PEARCE

FIRW00D Bootle's title hopes were dented as they suffered a shock 90-run defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh.

With Colwyn Bay not in action, Bootle had the chance to stake a claim for top spot but they were soundly beaten.

Hesketh posted a total of 211 courtesy of vital knocks from Nikita Miller (53), Neil Rim-mer (44) and Steve Rimmer (33). Steve Parry claimed 4-53.

Will Purser then struck 45 for Bootle in reply but he received little support as they crashed to 121 all out (31.2).

New Brighton took full advantage, moving into pole position in the Liverpool Competition Premier Division with a 57-run win over Maghull.

New Zealand A all-rounder Jesse Ryder was the chief destroyer with 7-63.

David Roots top scored for Maghull with 64 as they were dismissed for 196 (52.2) after being set 254 to win.

New Brighton openers John While (81) and Matthew Thompson (65) earlier laid the foundations for victory with a 114-run first wicket stand.

Kiran Powar (4-46) and Niall McDonnell (3-38) led the Maghull fightback but they couldn't prevent the hosts from reaching 253 for nine declared.

Northern and Ormskirk remain in contention after registering emphatic wins.

Northern put Wallasey to the sword as they raced to 302 for four.

Carl Hey struck an unbeaten 103 and put on 121 for the second wicket with Steve Mul-laney who made 77.

Nick Woods (35), Steve Cole (31no) and John Wildman (29) ensured a scoring rate of more than six runs per over.

Simon Keen took 3-97 for Wallasey, who then slumped to 164 all out (46.4).

Barrie Beaver top scored with 39 not out as Wildman (4-25) and Jack Woosey (3-28) wrapped up a 138-run triumph.

Ormskirk are fifth but they are just 14 points off top spot after an eight-wicket win at strugglers Huyton.

Suwanji Madanayake (4-40), Nick Caunce (3-24) and Ian Robinson (3-53) helped to dismiss Huyton for 172.

Ormskirk took just 23.3 overs to reach their target for the loss of two wickets, Jack Kelliher hammering 104 off 56 balls.

After hitting 50 off 39 balls, Kelliher then needed just a further 13 deliveries to reach his century. His innings included 14 fours and five sixes.

John Armstrong gave able support with 51 not out and the pair put on an unbeaten 148 for the second wicket.

St Helens Recs piled on the misery for bottom club Leigh withal4-runwin.

Recs were indebted to a second-wicket stand of 182 between Shaun Latham (125) and Stuart Lyon (89) as they posted 258 for four (47).

Kieran Grundy (87) and Alex Roussak (73) put Leigh in contention but Recs held their nerve as Mark Jenkins took 5-67 and Kelby Pickering 4-58.

Hightown beat Lytham by two wickets at home.

The bowlers dominated a low scoring contest as Lytham were dismissed for 153.

Andy Warhurst (5-49) and Nishit Shetty (3-52) did the damage, while James Wis-niewski top scored with 46.

Hightown reached their target thanks to the efforts of Shetty (34), Ian Sutcliffe (33) and Phil Whelan (24no). Wis-niewski took 3-38.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2007
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