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First Division - Maghull look a cert for promotion
Saturday 20th August 2005

Maghull extended their lead to 25 pts after defeating challengers St Helens Recs by 14 runs and Newton le Willows were held to a draw by Wigan.

John Ring hit 70 as Maghull reached 211 in 58 overs with captain Niall McDonnell making 36 and Richard Chee Quee taking 4-50. Chee Quee needed 24 to complete 1000 runs for the season and celebrated by going onto 121 (13x4s, 3x6s) but the rest of the St Helens Recs side let him down, being bowled out for 197 (48 overs) with Kiran Powar (4-59) and Liam Crilly (3-71).

Chee Quee now has a possible 5 more games to match the 24 innings he played for Liverpool in 1989, and to score 178 to beat his total that year of 1275 runs.

Newton le Willows' promotion hopes took a jolt after being held to a draw by a Wigan side that recovered from 76-6 and 114-7, Ashraf Rana (44, 8x4s) to 206 all out (61.4 overs) thanks to Mark Rowe (63, 11x4s) firstly adding 48 for the eighth wicket with Mark Shorrocks (30) and then 36 for the last wicket with Dave Cunliffe (13*). Ikram-ul-Haq Malik took 4-50 and Neil Birchall 3-49.

Shiv Das (54, 10x4s) rescued Newton after losing Ian Lyon for 6 but wickets fell to Ashraf Rana (5-37) as they ended upon 158-7 after 41 overs.

n Bay haven't travelled well recently and their trip to St Helens didn't alter things after winning the toss and batting first. They were all out for 97 in 37 overs with Charlie Clubb (22) and Brian Williams (20), Gary Sheppard (6-49) and Sanjay Pandey (4-34) doing the damage.

St Helens were in trouble at 54-5, Mark Potter 31, but Neil Woods (25*) and Pandey (25*) took them through to 100-5 after 24.4 overs.

Liverpool finished 32 runs short in their draw with Formby at Aigburth despite 107* from Grant Robinson. Acting captain, Andy Rogers put Formby in with Sam Hinton (38) and Dave Hadden opening the innings with 56. Adam Phillips went cheaply before Graeme Morris joined his former Northern colleague in a partnership of 121 before Morris was out for 37. Hadden fell shortly after, 8 short of a worthy century. Darren Barton (55*) and Andy Eastwood (15*) put together a further 70* before time was called at 256-4 after 55 overs.

Liverpool were 71-4 when Matt Jackson (40) added 62 with Robinson but at 159-8 with 9 overs remaining, Robinson found a worthy ally in Mark Kelly (12) in a stand of 54 shortly before the close at 225-8 (52 overs).

Orrell Red Triangle ended 19 runs short of Southport and Birkdale's total after a stand of 113* between Richard Smith (64*) and Stuart Craig (55*) rescued them from 88-6. Finishing on 201-6 (56), Nilesh Kulkarni took 5-55.

A fine innings by Dale Cranston of 78* from 41 balls with 12x4s and 2x6s had earlier led the Sandgrounders to a first innings total of 220-9d after 52.3 overs, with Mark Fletcher (31), Ather Abid (24) and Mark Baker (21), Adam Taig (3-50).

Ainsdale managed a one wicket win at Liverpool Road against Worsley after the visitors had totalled 166 after 47.4 overs, Dan McKeown top scoring with 31, Ramesh Patel taking 4-49.

Ainsdale's reply began badly, slumping to 43-5 but Malcolm Swift (69) and Patel (38) added 93 to set them on their way to 169-9 after 49 overs.

Richard (66) and Mike Farrell (125) got Highfield off to a flying start with a stand of 185 before the innings closed at 231-2 after only 39 overs at Paton Field. Caldy went further behind at the bottom of the table as they were bowled out for 67 in 19.3 overs (Chris Liptrot 6-31).