First Division - Newton le Willows go top, Huyton out for 40
Monday 26th August 2002

At this time last season, Liverpool were potential First Division champions but after today's defeat which saw their opponents, Newton le Willows take control at the head of the table, they are now 4 pts adrift at the foot, after Haydock's win against Fleetwood Hesketh.

Newton's run of five consecutive wins puts them as candidates for promotion and 7 pts ahead of Huyton, whilst Colwyn Bay, without a game today, drop down to third place.

Liverpool were inserted and battled 65.4 overs for 183, Geoff Blackburn top scoring with 39, Rob Diggle 28* and Michael Day bowling 28.4 overs, taking 4-65 and Mike Walkden 15 overs for his 4-33. At one stage in reply, Newton were 147-5 but John Pemberton (27*) joined Tony Boardman (74*) to see them through to a five wicket victory.

Huyton batted after winning the toss at home to Hightown and then wished they had fielded, being skittled for 40 in 21.5 overs. Lawrence Wilson top scored with 7 whilst Timmy Watkins reached 6 at number 11 in a last wicket stand of 9. Nilesh Kulkarni didn't even bowl and it was left to Ian Sutcliffe (11-4-17-6), débutant Andy Warhurst (6-2-8-2) and Graham Jones (5-3-14-2) to do the damage. Hightown lost four wickets on their way to 41, Martin Stoker (11*). The win takes Hightown up to fourth place, 31pts off the leaders.

Haydock moved off the bottom slot after defeating Fleetwood Hesketh at Lyme Park. After declaring at 224-5 in 59 overs, Danny Rimmer (47), Craig Sackfield (39), Martyn Farrell (4-69), they bowled the visitors out for 193 in 41 overs. Fleetwood's innings had started with Neal Parlane reaching his 50 in 18 balls with 9x4s and 2x6s but his sudden dismissal left Derek Sykes (34), Mark Fletcher (33) and Mike Bimpson (27). Irfan Fazil finished his 16 overs with 6-63.

St Helens Recs had thought they had an outside chance of promotion but that was reduced after a home defeat by Southport and Birkdale. Their innings of 235-6d was built around a fine 125 from Aussie, Danny Adams (96 balls, 12x4s, 3x6s) who added 168 for the third wicket with Ian Cropper (58).

Recs were 21-3 when Pravin Tambe (57) joined skipper Vinny Wood (22) in a partnership that took the score to 102 and Steve Garvey (41) and Paul Ford (30 ) added a further 51 for the sixth wicket, but the innings finished 33 runs short with a career best 6-34 from S&B's 18 year old Toby Miller.

The other St Helens came away from Orrell Red Triangle with a seven wicket victory and a second century of the season for Phil Roughley (115), Orrell, batting on after tea, faced 64 overs after recovering from 123-7 with an unbroken stand of 75 between Stuart Craig (48*) and Steve Pegg (27*) to declare at 198-7. Left with 45 overs in reply, the Saints reached the target with time to spare with Mark Potter hitting a six to win, his only scoring shot.