First Division - Swift win for Southport in derby
Saturday 2nd August 2003

It was billed as the day's biggest game in the First Division but what happened? Fleetwood Hesketh chose to bat against neighbours Southport and Birkdale and 30.4 overs later, regretted it as they had been bowled out for just 73 runs. Southport's captain Mal Swift (4-21) was ably supported by Nilesh Kulkarni (3-14) and Mike Smethurst (2-27). Jason Halsall (32*) and Craig Prince (30) gave the Sandgrounders a nine wicket victory after 17.1 overs.

Sefton Park's eagerness for ECB Premier League cricket next season continued with a 108 run win at Worsley and 23 pts that strengthens their position in second place. After losing Ben Moore for 0, Vinayak Mane (62) and Paul Horton (57) added 121 for the second wicket. Rob Houghton added 28 in Sefton Park's 194 all out from 50 overs, Niall Howarth (5-68) and Mark Kell (3-36). Worsley captain's Niall Howarth's 41 couldn't stop his side being dismissed for 86 in 42 overs, Mane 4-18.

Hightown recorded their tenth win of the season. Dismissing Caldy for 128 in 49.1 overs, Richard Davies (28), Danny Hargreaves (27), Nathan Heathcliff-Core (6.3-3-5-3) and Sunil Joshi (4-22), Hightown went to 129-4 in 35.3 overs. Guy Edwards hitting 41 and Mark Warren, an unbeaten 30, for the winners.

First of all Liverpool were late arriving at Colwyn Bay, owing to a traffic jam on the A55, and then they had to field for 45.4 overs and watch as the Bay piled up a huge 279-3. New Zealander Aaron Barnes completed his fourth century of the summer and his highest score to date (126), featuring in an opening partnership of 142 with Charlie Clubb (76) before adding 105 for the second wicket with skipper Sion Morris (52). Somewhat battle torn, Liverpool reached 190-7 from 51 overs in reply with Jamie Haynes (56), Steve Doran (40) and Steve Nealey (36).

Formby gained revenge for the early season defeat at Cricket Path by overpowering Highfield by nine wickets after the home side had batted 45.4 overs for 139, Tariq-ur-Rehman (42*), Mike Gregory (26) and Gary Dawber (24). Steve Dutton picked up a career best 7-71 whilst Tony Rogan bowled unchanged for 22 overs to finish with 3-35. James Marshall went for 54 but Graeme Morris (54*) and Nathan Hopper (24*) saw Formby home with 140-1 after 25.4 overs.

There was a thrilling match at Haydock where former West Indies captain, Jimmy Adams, continued his assault of opposition bowlers. On this occasion it was to the tune of 138 runs (124 balls, 20x4s, 4x6s) as he and Mark Swann (41) added 158 for the third wicket out of 242-4d in 50 overs against St Helens. The Saints were looking down a barrel at 104-5 when Mark Potter and Adam Friar came together. The pair added 96 and with David Lowe (30) and Darren Tyms (34), St Helens sneaked a win at 245-9 with just 9 balls remaining. Potter reached his 50 in 29 balls and ended on 75 (39 balls, 8x4s, 5x6s) with Adams taking 5-71 and Paul Roberts (4-51).

St Helens Recs will take time to recover from the mauling they took from Orrell Red Triangle. Declaring on a total of 223-7 from 47.5 overs with Barrington Rowland (114, 131 balls, 9x4s) and Paul Ford (51*, 4x4s) adding 106 for the fourth wicket, Recs could only watch as the team below them in the table opened with 84 before Dean Chisnall went for 47. Richard Smith (55*) then joined Tasmanian, Craig Stockdale, in a match winning stand of 140 in 29.4 overs that gave Orrell Red Triangle a nine wicket win at 224-1 from 50 overs. Stockdale's 109* was from 132 balls and included 8x4s and 1x6.