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Cricket: Leach's long innings sucks life out of hapless Caldy; LIVERPOOL COMP.

COLWYN Bay skipper Paul Jenkins last night hailed the performance of young match-winner Patrick Leach.

The youngester's marathon knock of 72no finally brought the Seasiders a vital win at bottom-of-the-table Caldy.

Left to field for an interminable 68 overs as backs-to-the-wall Caldy staggered to 130 all out after winning the toss.

Dave Ashton 53 their resolute ace against a wearied Bay attack that saw Debasis Mohanty 3-23, Jenkins 3-29, Chris Rowley 2-22 and Huw Roberts 2-33 work overtime for their hard-earned wickets.

Third-from-top Bay found scoring on a difficult unyielding track equally demanding and they needed the sheer determination and character shown by opener Leach to eventually reach a winning 131-6 in the 41st over.

Alistair Pitman 31 was another of the Bay heroes as they collected a maximum 25 points to their dogged hosts' four, following Saturday's draw against leaders Maghull. The result sustained their strong quest for a top-two finish and Premier Division status next season.

"This was a really tough, gruelling game and one we daren't have lost," said Jenkins.

Northop Hall, who looked to be heading in the opposite direction after only managing one win all season, won for the second time in three days. Fresh from sinking Huyton on Saturday the Hall produced a back-to-back double with a resounding 24-4 victory over second-from-bottom Hightown.

Goolman Bodi hit 117 to give the Hall a total of 200-7 off 54 overs before Hightown were dismissd for 123.

Amir Mahmood producing his best figures of the season as he took 8-60
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2005
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