First Division - Southport edge even further ahead - Saints win derby
Saturday 9th August 2003

Southport and Birkdale recorded their fifteenth win of the campaign and lead the First Division by 49 pts from Sefton Park. Craig Prince's 55 took him to 528 runs for the season as S&B declared after 50 overs with 196-9 on the board at Highfield, Tariq-ur-Rehman taking 5-51. Highfield fell 41 runs short with Nilesh Kulkarni (4-35) and Mal Swift (4-48).

Sefton Park stay in second place after a seven wicket victory over Caldy, who were all out for 127 after 44.1 overs with Robbie Houghton bowling unchanged for 6-54. Houghton (50*) led a recovery for Sefton, who found themselves 49-3, as he added 80* with Ian Fielding (27*).

Fleetwood Hesketh gained maximum points at the expense of Haydock. Jon Bowden (79) and Mark Fletcher (51) added 111 for the second wicket before a declaration came at 248-8. Fleetwood managed to claim the prized scalp of Jimmy Adams for 53 in Haydock's 167. Abey Kuruvilla's 5-40 taking his season's haul to 70 whilst slow left armer, Peter Appleton claimed 4-70.

Hightown's captain, Ian Sutcliffe, led his side to a ten wicket win over Orrell Red Triangle and 24 pts at Sandy Lane. It had taken Hightown 48 overs to dismiss Orrell for 114, Dave Everett (42), with Sunil Joshi (5-30) and Sutcliffe himself (3-21). Sutcliffe (82*) and Guy Edwards (30*) then saw the home side through in just 21.2 overs.

Colwyn Bay's chances of promotion appear to have evaporated into Liverpool Bay, as they now lie 67 pts behind Sefton Park with 5 games remaining, after being held to a draw by Formby at Penrhyn Avenue. Sion Morris (74) and Howel Morris (59) put on 117 for Colwyn Bay's third wicket before declaration came at 213-8 after 60 overs, Darren Barton (4-51). The Bay managed to get the prize wicket of James Marshall for 16 but Formby hung on for a draw at 166-5 after 41 overs, Barton (71*), Nathan Hopper (38).

St Helens won the derby at Ruskin Drive by 9 runs. After being asked to bat first, they posted 197 from 46.2 overs, Sanjay Pandey (55), Darren Tyms (35), Dave Lowe (32) and Steve Garvey taking 5-34. In a tight finish, St Helens Recs were 188 all out after Paul Ford (54) and Barrington Rowland (42) had led the way, Gary Sheppard taking 4-53 and Pandey (3-32).

Worsley suffered their twelfth defeat of the season against a Liverpool side desperately seeking a win. With Dane Adams reaching 60, Worsley could only reach 138 against Geoff Blackburn (4-37) and Mohammad Zahid (3-19). Graeme Doran (36), Mohammad Zahid (26*) and Blackburn (22) helped Liverpool to only their seventh win in 20 matches and 24 pts.