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First Division - Pandey destroys Recs as Maghull hold on to lead
Monday 29th August 2005
St Helens Recs were the fall guys in the promotion battle as Sanjay Pandey put the skids under them in the derby at Windleshaw Road. The St Helens paceman ripped through the visitors' batting to finish with 7-29 as Recs collapsed to 74 all out from 40.3 overs. Pandey had top scored with 27 in the home side's 125 (44.5 overs), with visiting skipper Steve Garvey returning 4-60.

Leaders Maghull, together with rivals Colwyn Bay, Formby and Newton le Willows, all secured important wins.

Kiran Powar, after taking 3-21 in Ainsdale's 146 (46.3 overs, Rakesh Patel 71) at home to Maghull, then top scored with 88 in the eight wicket win to take him over the 1000 runs mark after featuring in a second wicket stand of 126 with Liam Crilly (39).

Southport and Birkdale's fine run came to a halt at Formby, where good spells from Mark O'Connor (5-47) and Jack Woosey (3-50) restricted them to 135 (43 overs). Sam Hinton's 70* also took him past the four figure milestone and, with Dave Hadden's 50, secured an eight wicket success for the home side at 136-2 (32.4 overs).

Colwyn Bay go second, courtesy of achieving a four wicket win at bottom side Caldy with nine balls remaining. The Wirral side made it tough by taking 67 overs to score 130 (Dave Aston 53, Debasis Mohanty 3-23, Paul Jenkins 3-29). Bay's opener Patrick Leach was the guiding light with an unbeaten 72 in the four wicket victory after adding 55 with Ali Pitman (31) for the fourth wicket, Danny Smith taking 3-29.

Newton le Willows got home by four wickets after Ikram-ul-Haq Malik's superb effort earned him 8-58 in Worsley's 128 (52). The Walkden brothers, Mike (31*) and skipper Ian (28*) ensured a comfortable win at 129-4 from 35.1 overs after being 74-4.  

Liverpool's season plummeted to new depths with dismissal for a paltry 35 in 21.5 overs (their lowest score for nine years) in the basement clash with Wigan, who had posted 166-7d in 55 overs. Sean Casham top scored with 79 and Marc Kelly took 4-45. None of the home batsmen achieved double figures as Mark Shorrocks (5-18) and Anthony Williams (4-13) ripped them apart.

Highfield's 188-9d (Mike Farrell 38, Nick Cullen 3-65) proved too strong for Orrell Red Triangle, who managed only 104 (Adam Taig 28, Steve Peet 4-30) and remain in the danger zone.