Hyde enjoyed an excellent month in the Cheshire County Cricket League, with three wins from their four matches, to move them up to second in the table on 184 points. They closed the gap on leaders Chester Boughton Hall, who lost two of their games, and have 194 points. Nantwich move into third position following wins in their last two matches.
Alderley Edge remain at the bottom of the table, despite losing only one match this month, and are joined by Oulton Park in the relegation zone. Grapenhall and Toft, both winless this month, sit just three points above Oulton Park in joint ninth position.
Glen Batticciotto (Nantwich) continues to be easily the league’s most prolific batsman with 752 runs at an average of 94 following centuries this month against Grappenhall and Hyde. His teammate Jonathon Kettle takes second place off the back of an unbeaten 150 – this month’s highest score - in Nantwich’s winning draw against Grappenhall, albeit with almost 200 runs fewer then Batticciotto. Warren Goodwin (Chester Bougton Hall) and Louis Bentley (Oulton Park) also scored centuries this month and occupy third and fourth places.
Of the bowlers, Scott Kirwin (Hyde) and James Warrington (Nantwich) lead the way with 28 and 27 wickets respectively, with both men having six wicket hauls to their names this month in their team’s victories against Neston and Chester Bougton Hall. Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge) has the league’s outstanding analysis in June, with figures of seven for 37 in his team’s win over Didsbury.
Ormskirk, Colwyn Bay and Leigh are all within five points of each other at the top of a closely fought Liverpool and District Cricket League. Lytham and Hightown lead the chasing pack in fourth and fifth places. Northop Hall and Newton-le-Willows occupy the two relegation places with three wins between them, on 68 and 62 points respectively.
Lytham’s Nick Knight is the leading run-scorer in a league where the bowlers have enjoyed the upper hand so far this season. He has 371 runs at an average of 41.22. Bootle’s Stephen Parry has this month’s highest score with 133 in his team’s narrow win over Newton-le-Willows. Other centurions this month include Nick Death (Hightown) and Jordan Evans (Colwyn Bay).
Ryan Holtby (Colwyn Bay) and former Worcestershire bowler Chris Liptrot (Highfield) lead the way among the bowlers this month with two five wicket hauls each with Liptrot’s seven for 64 against Hightown also being the best figures by any bowler. Despite this Ashraf Nawab is the league’s leading wicket-taker following his five for 25 for Northop Hall against New Brighton last weekend.
Chester-le-Street and Blaydon are fighting a two horse race to be winners of the North East Premier League and have both passed the 200 point mark. Benwell Hill are their nearest challengers with 161 points, with South Northumberland a point behind in fourth place.
Durham ‘keeper Michael Richardson is easily the league’s leading run-scorer with 506 runs at an average of 126.5, his closest challenger being second placed Allan Worthy. Ramanpreet Singh (Durham Academy) and Mark Stoneman (Blaydon) are the only batsmen to have made centuries this month.
Zohaib Khan (Benwell Hill) is the leading wicket-taker with 24 victims at an average of less than 15; with David Hymers and Christopher Varley tied in second with 23 wickets apiece. Jonathan Rickard is fifth following his five wicket haul for Stockton against Chester-le-Street, with other successful bowlers this month including Andrew Elliott and Gary Stewart, who took five for 52 for Blaydon against Hetton Lyons.
St Annes sit comfortably atop the Furness Building Society Northern Premier League with 140 points, having lost just one of their matches. Leyland, Morecambe, Chorley and Netherfield have all broken the 100 point barrier and occupy second to fifth positions. Fleetwood are last with just 56 points from 13 games and two wins to their name.
Pieter Malan (Barrow) is by far and away the league’s leading run-scorer with 757 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 94.63, a tally that includes his unbeaten 117 against Fleetwood. Another century maker this month, Luis Reece (Leyland) is second with 505 runs. Jamie How (Kendal), Mohammad Khan (Darwen) and Mark Woodhead (Morecambe) have also scored centuries in June.
Dinuk Hettiarachchi (St Annes) is unsurprisingly the leading wicket-taker so far this season, a fact that is reflected in the MVP ratings, with 49 wickets at an average of less than 12. Anwar Ali (Morecambe) and Lukman Vahaluwala (Preston) are second and third respectively and have both taken five wicket hauls this month. Ashar Zaidi (Netherfield) has achieved the unique feat of having scored a century (104 against Leyland) and taking a six wicket haul (against Blackpool) in the same month.
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