THE LIVERPOOL Echo Invitation Knockout Trophy began last week with 16 First Round ties witnessing a number of outstanding performances as the new regional group format produced some entertaining local derbies, writes Jamie Bowman.
Formby (244-2) produced an incredible batting performance against Crosby St Mary’s (114-6) with Jay Lenton smashing 79 from 24 balls, Elliot Ketteringham 78 from 36 and Lawrence Armstrong 70 not out as Crosby St Mary’s fell short by 130 runs.
Southport and Birkdale (148-6) saw off the challenge from Fleetwood Hesketh with S&B’s Wim van der Walt’s 58 helping his side reach 148-6. Fleetwood fell short by 34 runs.
The shock of the round occurred at Aigburth where Old Xaverians dumped Liverpool out of a competition they have won four times previously. Xavs reached 125-4 off their 20 overs with Ian Carroll’s 46 the top score. Liverpool kept up with the rate but eventually fell five runs short.
Holders Ormskirk (122-8) progressed after beating Premier League rivals Highfield (109-8) by 13 runs with 47 from John Armstrong the highlight.
Newton Le Willows (142-3) won by seven wickets at Sutton (141-5) thanks to Steve Appleton’s 58 while Rainford (131-2) saw off the challenge of Division Two high flyers Skelmersdale (130) with just four balls of the game left. Nic Hendrie hit an unbeaten 57 for Rainford while Sunny Ganhi hit 59 for unlucky Skem.
Bootle (152-6) beat old rivals Sefton Park (106-4) with Bootle opener Carl Hey’s 51 the crucial difference between the sides.
Alder (128-6) scraped past Wavertree (120-5) by eight runs while Premier League New Brighton (131-7) beat Second Division Birkenhead Park (100-9) in an entertaining tie at Rake Lane.
Neston (148-5) had a big win over Irby (77-9) at Parkgate beating them by 71 runs.
Four matches were abandoned due to the poor weather: Burscough v St Helens Town and Maghull v Northern will now be played on Thursday, June 7, with Ainsdale v Hightown and Birkenhead St Mary's v Wallasey being put back to June 15.