Everyone knows that, where sport is concerned, some victories are more meaningful than others, and our win at Moor Park last Saturday certainly falls into that category. After choosing to bat first, Northern were heavily reliant upon Taylor Cornall’s 80 made from 144 balls to get as far as 134 all out after 56.3 overs, none of the other ten batsmen reaching double figures.

The Bootle innings followed a broadly similar pattern with Vishal Tripathi’s excellent 86 not out being the only substantial knock.  Vishal guided us carefully towards the winning post despite wickets falling at the other end, clinching the deal with a big six off Tom Sephton for a success by 2 wickets in the fiftieth over.



We did not exactly produce a scintillating performance in the Royal London Cup tie against Ainsdale a fortnight ago but did enough to progress to a Wadham Road date with Wallasey in the 2nd round a fortnight tomorrow.  Stephen Lucas asked Bootle to bat first, openers Will Hale (53) and Michael Farrell giving us a decent start with a half-century partnership.  Handy contributions from Sam Kershaw (36), Danny Davies (27) and Will Purser (18 not out) took us to 191-7 after our statutory forty overs.

When the visitors reached 60-4 Bootle held the upper hand, but a solid 5th wicket stand of 76 between Dylan Mullen and Connor Windell gave their team realistic hopes of a win.  Once they were parted, the lower order had little to offer and some incisive bowling by Scott Butterworth (5-29) and Jhangir Liaqat (3-26) proved crucial as Ainsdale were dismissed for 166 in the final over of the match to lose by 25 runs.


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