First Division - Maghull promoted, Sandgrounders have to wait
Saturday 10th September 2011

Whilst Maghull are promoted, they have to wait until next week to find out if they or Southport and Birkdale are First Division champions.

Maghull's celebrations were put on hold after suffering defeat at Wigan. Liam Crilly top scored with 52 as the leaders lost their last five wickets for 29 to end on 165 thanks to Ryan Parry's 5-43. Wigan lost Adam Samouelle for 4 but Gareth Bradley (78) and Aaron Redmond (43) then added 112 before a collapse saw five wickets fall for 38 before Charles Taylor and Phil Armstrong scored the winning runs. Redmond's innings took him past 1000 for the season. He is now on 1007 (avge 71.92). scorecard

Southport and Birkdale, who now trail Maghull by eight points, scraped through by one run to cling on to second place after a nail biting finish against Formby at Trafalgar Road. Only Dave Aston (20) and Logan Weston (43) reached double figures for the Sandgrounders as Jan Gadzina (6-51) kept them to 131 after 40.5 overs. Kris Jones (53) led Formby's reply, but after Chris Firth had taken 6-48 (82 for the season), it was Nick Devlin who ran out Gadzina to clinch the narrowest of victories. Southport need four points at Prestatyn next week to guarantee promotion. scorecard

Third place Wallasey look destined to stay in First Division after they too lost by one run, to St Helens Recs at the Oval. Chris Bourne (6-34) and John Murphy (3-50) kept Recs to 100 all out but after the break, it was down to Uthman Muhammad (6-42) and Gary Freeman (3-34) to apply the pressure as Wallasey were dismissed for 99. scorecard

Alder came away from Sefton Park with a five wicket victory after the home side had declared at 186-9d after 63 overs, Muhammad Masroor taking 5-60. Masroor then hit 43 not out as Alder got home with Scott Aitchison adding 62. scorecard

Liverpool still need three points to avoid possible relegation despite winning at Prestatyn. The Welsh side batted 58 overs before declaring on 138-9 with Iain Handley taking 5-51 and Bharat Tripathi 3-48. Steve Nealey (58*) and Anthony McCarthy (45) added 95 to give Liverpool a win by seven wickets. scorecard

The remaining match was at the YMCA Ground where Orrell Red Triangle drew with Rainhill. Siddiq Patel (48), Atif Ashraf (35) and Dave Naylor (29*) helped take Orrell to 239-8d after 68 overs with Mohammad Qureshi bowling unchanged for 34 overs to take his workload to 456.5 overs for the season. Andrew Mercer then took 5-72 and Mark Waddington 3-29 as Rainhill's last pair held out at 207-9. scorecard

remaining fixtures:

Saturday September 17th
Alder v Formby
Liverpool v Wallasey
Maghull v Orrell Red Triangle
Prestatyn v Southport and Birkdale
Rainhill v Sefton Park
St Helens Recs v Wigan