The weekend's matches
Friday 14th September 2018

The league season ends tomorrow with a few issues to be settled.

With Northern being hailed champions of the ECB Premier League last week and Rainford and Highfield being relegated, focus is turned to Sea Cop where First Division leaders, Southport and Birkdale (346 pts) meet neighbours Fleetwood Hesketh, and the YMCA Ground where second placed Orrell Red Triangle (337 pts) entertain Prestatyn. Not one of the wisest of fixtures for travelling on the last day of the season.

Burscough and Liverpool are already relegated, the latter after just one season back in the First Division. A marked contrast to twelve months ago when champagne corks were cracking at Aigburth.

Mathematically, any one of three could lift the Second Division title. Four wins in as many weeks have taken Northop Hall (346 pts) to the top of the table and they travel to St Helens Town (another ill conceived fixture for the last day) whilst second placed Old Xaverians (344 pts) go to Spring View. Third placed Caldy (329 pts) take on Sutton at Paton Field whilst keeping an eye on the top two.

With Skelmersdale withdrawing from 1st XI cricket after three matches, it will be they who leave the Second Division and not bottom team Alder, who remain without a win. Can they break their duck against Hightown St Mary's?

Sunday marks the curtain to the season with the final of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy at the Jubilee Ground where Rainford meet seventeen times winners, Bootle, who will be hoping the match goes ahead after their three failed attempts to get a result against Northern in the semi final. Stumps will be pitched at 12:00 noon. Incidentally, to put a dampener on proceedings, rain is forecast for most of Sunday. Bootle will be hoping it does rain and then they'll be able to take the replay back to Wadham Road.

league tables

Saturday 15th September (12:00 noon)

 ECB Premier League 
 Highfield v Wallasey Steve Beswick and Craig Parkinson
 Leigh v Lytham Peter Crook and Chris Spencer
 New Brighton v Bootle Chris Dunn and Lol Watts
 Northern v Formby Ian Laurence and Dave Wood
 Ormskirk v Rainhill John Farrell and Rob Jansen
 Rainford v Colwyn Bay Dave Laybourne and Dave Smith
 First Division 
 Ainsdale v Sefton Park Chris Burns and Neil Galbraith
 Birkenhead Park v Liverpool Eric Hadfield and tba (Bob Brooks)
 Burscough v Wavertree Chris Coxhead and Dave Halewood
 Fleetwood Hesketh v Southport and Birkdale Barry Evans (LL) and Phil Luxon
 Orrell Red Triangle v Prestatyn Chris Edge and Norman Edwards
 Wigan v Newton le Willows Les Knowles and John Sharples
 Second Division 
 Alder v Hightown St Mary's Scott Churchman and John Pearson
 Caldy v Sutton Ian Craven and Dave Scrutton
 Southport Trinity v Parkfield Liscard Barry Evans and Gareth Townsend
 St Helens Town v Northop Hall Phil Ascroft and Andy Webb
 Spring View v Old Xaverians Arthur Ashley and Ron Morris
 Maghull - no match

Sunday 16th September (12:00 noon)

 Ray Digman Knockout Trophy final 
 Rainford v Bootle Rob Jansen and Ian Laurence