First Division - Das reaches landmark with 107 not out
Saturday 13th August 2005

Newton le Willows' Shiv Das became the first batsman to complete 1000 runs in the First Division this season when he reached 70 in today's match at Highfield. Das went on to 107* (7x4s, 4x6s) before Ian Walkden declared the innings closed at 191-2 after 27.5 overs.

The home side faced 41 overs in reply, scoring 131-8 in the process with Tariq-ur-Rehman 42 and Tony Clark 21. Danny Barlow took 4-39.

Leaders Maghull suffered a shock defeat at home to twelfth placed St Helens. Maghull rattled along to 165-6d from 26.3 overs with Kiran Powar (98) and Liam Crilly (50) adding 108 after opener Samir Pathak (0*) had retired hurt at 13-0 (Crilly 13*).

Saints replied with 166-8 (30.4 overs), Ian Moncrieff (37), Darren Tyms (28) and Mark Potter (26). Ryan Swiers took 6-54 for the leaders.

With Colwyn Bay and Ainsdale not playing today, rain prevented any play in the match involving the other promotion hopefuls, St Helens Recs and Formby.

Liverpool declared at 162-7 from 39.5 overs at Trafalgar Road after Grant Robinson had led the batting with 62. Left with 33 overs, Southport and Birkdale scraped home with four balls to spare at 163-6, thanks to 49* from Mark Fletcher.

Wigan came second in their relegation battle with neighbours Orrell Red Triangle at Bull Hey. Being asked to bat, Wigan could only manage 108 after 43.4 overs with Lee Martinus taking 4-37.

Steve Unsworth led Orrell's reply with 72* as they eased to 112-4 after 25.4 of a possible 28 overs.

After the wins by St Helens and Orrell Red Triangle, Worsley drop two places after being held to a draw by bottom placed Caldy.

Andy Hayhurst (74*), skipper Danny McKeown (42) and Alastair Roberts (24) took Worsley to 160-3d (36 overs). Ian Thompson then claimed 5-20 as Caldy crept to 66-7 after 31 overs, Dave Aston 20.