Brown comes to Leigh’s rescue again

Karl Brown lets fly
Karl Brown lets fly
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In a comparably low scoring affair at Rainhill, Lancashire’s Karl Brown came to the rescue again to lift the 1 sts back into the top half of the Premier table.

On a green top Leigh managed to graft up to 103 - 5 but collapsed to 157 all out.

Karl top scoring with a very patient 44. Partnerships with Paul Keenan, Ross Zalem, Mattie McKiernan all got going but failed to deliver beyond 20s and 30s.

However, all was not lost and it was a very buoyant Leigh bowling unit that took to the field for the return leg. Ainsdale were soon in some trouble at 22- 4 with Headley Molyneux accounting for two key wickets, with skipper Mattie chipping in with another couple.

But again it was that man Brown with the midas touch after Rainhill dug very deep to creep up to 70 - 5 with some stubborn resistance.

Karl went on to rout through the tail and the stubborn resistance of Rotheram ( 32 off 112 ).
 In a stunning display on Saturday, another collection of Leigh’s Juniors brought home the points with a simply outstanding cricket performance.

In this vital bottom of the table clash where nothing but a win would do, Alex Seddon and Ben Smith led the way opening the bowling with a master class of swing and seam bowling, fully exploiting the nice green and humid conditions.

You have to keep pinching yourself to remind you that these guys are still yet only 15!

Ben and Alex soon had the visitors reduced to 60 - 5. In a stunning twist of fate, the pair of aces went onto to take an identical 3 - 25, off just 7 with 2 Maidens a piece too!

Ainsdale took stock for a while but enter the next junior to simply explode onto the seniors, Daniel Hatton. Leg spinning is an extremely difficult craft, especially for a junior developing his skills at senior level.

The control, patience and tenacity, with outright skill, must be there in spades to succeed with leg spin; Dan Hatton delivered – producing numerous balls proving completely unplayable on his way to a magnificent 4 - 25 from just 6.2 overs with a couple of maidens to boot. Control and class of the highest order from such a fine young cricketer with an incredibly mature attitude for one so young.

Leigh were very tidy in the field too, leading the way was a welcome return behind the sticks for Micky Michael Waywell with a tidy trio of victims.

Part one job done Ainsdale all out 95. But the juniors and Ben Smith in particularly were NOT done!

Lewis Bailey opening up Tim McKiernan showed yet again why he is going to be a very special talent for a long long time here at Beech Walk. Again, showing maturity way beyond his years, delivering 30 ( 4 x 4) within a 60 partnership with his Under 15 Team mate Ben Smith.

You just cannot keep Ben Smith out of the news this season. To cement his man of the match performance by a country mile, Ben plundered a magnificent 56 not out, with 8 x thundering 4s.

Ben’s timing really is a joy to watch along with very sensible shot selection.

Two more wins for Martyn Glover’s side should now secure the essential 1 st Division status for next season.