The weekend's matches
Friday 21st April 2017

The 2017 season begins tomorrow but will be without three long serving umpires, Fred Charters, Peter Freeman and Eric Hadfield who have hung up their white coats.

There will be new players whilst other more familiar faces will be playing in new surroundings.

The ECB Premier League match of the day is between Leigh, who were last season's champions, and New Brighton, who were champions in 2015, at Beech Walk.

Eyes will also be focused on the match at Liverpool Road where Ainsdale will play their first ever top flight match with Colwyn Bay the visitors.

The LDCC welcomes Prescot and Odyssey on their promotion to the Second Division. They face a trip to Old Xaverians. Relegated Maghull will be dodging a 'shooting stick' on their visit to Southport Trinity.

On Sunday, eleven clubs compete in the first round of the Royal London Club Championship. Three of the eight matches are between LDCC clubs.

 Saturday 22nd April (1:00 pm)

 ECB Premier League 
 Ainsdale v Colwyn Bay Peter Crook and Chris Dunn
 Formby v Ormskirk John Farrell and Stephen Fildes
 Leigh v New Brighton Dave Jones and Ian Laurence
 Lytham v Northern Don Searle and Karl Skelton
 Southport and Birkdale v Rainhill Paddy Brown (LL) and Lol Watts
 Wallasey v Bootle Dave Smith and Dave Wood
 First Division 
 Burscough v Highfield Chris Burns (LL) and Chris Coxhead
 Fleetwood Hesketh v Sefton Park Hugh Evans and Chris Spencer
 Newton le Willows v Hightown St Mary's Neil Galbraith and Rob Jansen
 Prestatyn v Skelmersdale Dave Laybourne and Ray Partington
 Rainford v Orrell Red Triangle Dave Halewood and John Sharples
 Wigan v Birkenhead Park Bernard Teebay and John Williams
 Second Division 
 Caldy v Spring View Arthur Ashley and Stephen Edwards
 Liverpool v Alder Les Knowles and John Pearson
 Northop Hall v Wavertree Barry Evans and Phil Luxon
 Old Xaverians v Prescot and Odyssey Brian Ball and Dave Scrutton
 St Helens Town v Parkfield Liscard Steve Pitt and Ian Shepherd
 Southport Trinity v Maghull Ian Craven and Andy Webb

 Sunday 23rd April (1:00 pm)

 Royal London Club Championship - first round   (1:00 pm)
 Group 4 
 Leyland v Ormskirk Paddy Brown and Ken Fergusson
 Group 6 
 Bootle v Highfield Dave Laybourne and Don Searle
 Leigh v Upton Barrie Burns and Suresh Patel
 New Brighton v Neston Darrin Clarke and Dion Kelly
 Northern v Spring View Peter Crook and Rob Jansen
 St Helens Town v Formby Stephen Fildes and Lol Watts
 Stretford v Wallasey Tim Bartley and Brian Cutler
 Wigan v Chester Boughton Hall Andy Jones and John Whiteside


 Welsh Cup - preliminary round 

 Colwyn Bay v Brymbo Dai Jones and Huw Jones