First Division - Blackburn reaches 1000 wickets
Saturday 12th June 2004

Geoff Blackburn has become the first Liverpool Competition player to reach the milestone of 10000 runs and 1000 wickets.

The Liverpool all rounder crept up to 999 wickets last week, but his 3-34 in the five wicket victory at St Helens Recs saw him achieve the feat.

Mark Kelly's fine 5-53 and Blackburn's figures saw Recs dismissed for 191 (50). There were good knocks from Gary Freeman (60) and Mark Malone (39), but the visitors chased successfully to win, thanks to Gary Dawber (57) and Blackburn (39).

Hightown put aside a poor batting show to skittle Highfield for 66 to stay on course for the Premier League with their ninth win in 11 games. Guy Edwards (38) hit the vital innings to see them reach 99, but the visitors lost three wickets on 19 and crashed to 66 all out.

Graeme Morris' 107 put Formby on the way to victory over St Helens, who were set 227-6d (56 overs). Mark O'Connor took 6-60 and McDonald 3-63, but Mark Potter, with a hard hitting 59, Dave Lowe's 41 and Pandey (34) saw the visitors respond with 200 (40.4 overs).

Haydock had no answer to spells by Colwyn Bay's Gareth Edwards (6-31) and Francois van der Merwe (4-50) as they succumbed for 88 all out in 27.2 overs. The Welsh side owed their 200-6d (50 overs), mainly to two partnerships between skipper Sion Morris (42) and Charlie Clubb (24) of 85 for the third wicket, and 86 for the fourth between top scorer Dave Watkins (89*) and Andy Puddle (36).

Fleetwood Hesketh's David Bernard was prominent in a high scoring draw with Newton le Willows. He hit 94 and Steve Rimmer 62 in a total of 232-7d from 50 overs with Bernard's 3-50 and Peter Appleton's 3-27 restricting the visitors to 200-9 in 48 overs.

Byron Cooper top scored with 41 in Caldy's 204-8 declared against Worsley, but the visitors, 90-3 with 20 overs left, ended on 127-7 (53).

Wigan made 185-8 dec (50) at Orrell Red Triangle, who responded with 161-9 (53).