Mullaney excels with bat and ball for Leigh

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Leigh CC 1st XI v New Brighton

Leigh CC reached the half way stage of the season with a nervy win at New Brighton.

The high flying hosts batted first with each side’s County players, Lancashire’s Luke Proctor and Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney, initially taking centre stage with 48 and eight wickets respectively.

Mullaney bowled unchanged for 27.3 overs to return magnificent figures of eight wickets for 61 runs, as New Brighton were bowled out for 178.

In reply, Leigh got off to a great start as a century stand between Ross Zelem (63) and Paul Keenan (54) saw off the early seam attack. However New Brighton’s spinners then hauled the home side back into the game as they steadily dismantled the visitor’s middle order to leave the game finely balanced at 150 for 6.

However as the pressure built, skipper Mattie McKiernan (29*) and Hedley Molyneux (12*) remained calm and brought Leigh home with time to spare and wickets in hand.

The win moves Leigh into 5th place in the LDCC Premier Division.

Leigh CC 2nd XI v Orrell RT

To complete a double Saturday success at Beech Walk, the 2nd XI won their first game of the year and moved off bottom slot with a convincing win against local rivals, Orrell RT.

The experience of Andy Batterley (67*) and the hard hitting Mickey Waywell eventually made it look quite comfortable chasing Orrell’s 160 target.

Earlier Leigh’s teenagers, Alex Seddon, Lewis Dove and Ben Smith, had shared much of the bowling responsibilities to keep the powerful Orrell batting order in check.