MAGHULL Cricket Club’s first XI lost ground on Liverpool & District Cricket Competition Premier Division pacesetters Northern when they had to settle for a draw against Wallasey.
Greg Gillespie’s outfit took to the field first at Wallasey Cricket Club after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat.
At 43-4 and then 85-5, Maghull’s attack had the Wallasey batting order in some trouble.
However, a crucial knock of 70 from Neil Cross and an unbeaten 58 from number nine batsman Craig Kaye rescued the Wirral side who eventually declared on 257-9 five balls into the 52nd over.
Ryan Swiers led the Maghull bowlers taking 4-69 with teammate Chris Tonge chipping in with 3-52.
As Wallasey had earlier in their innings, Maghull’s batting order also had problems and at 135-8, it all looked over for the men from Hall Lane.
Stepping up to the crease to deliver a game-saving innings, though, was Sabah Ghaus.
He hit a magnificent 74 not out to help steer the club to a draw as they closed on 226-8 after 53 overs.
Ghaus’s innings – off only 55 deliveries – included 16 fours.
Cross took the bowling honours for Wallasey taking 3-28 in 16 tidy overs.
Maghull stay second in the table on 207 points. Northern still lead the way, a huge 76 points ahead.
THIS Saturday, Maghull’s first XI host Lytham at Hall Lane. The game is scheduled to start at 1pm and all spectators are warmly welcome.