Second Divison - Fleetwood Hesketh and Ainsdale secure promotion
Saturday 10th September 2011

Fleetwood Hesketh's campaign is over and are promoted to the First Division but they will have to wait for next week's result at Ainsdale before they can crack open the champagne at Sea Cop.

Hesketh rattled up 221-9d in 53.4 overs against Sutton. Neil Rimmer opened with 49 and Mark Rimmer added 42 not out. John Dotters took 4-84 and Liam Dodd 3-37 for Sutton. After the interval, disaster struck for Sutton as Paul 'Mushy' Mullen sent them back to the pavilion in a procession as he took 7-15. Sutton's last four wickets fell in successive balls from Mullen, the first being a run out and then a hat trick to bring the match to an end at 40 all out. scorecard

Ainsdale are also promoted and despite trailing Hesketh by 22 points, can still take the title by beating Caldy next week. Without the suspended Nazim Mohammed, it was down to Malcolm Swift (4-62) and Tony Rogan (3-27) to bowl out Birkenhead St Mary's for 131. Ainsdale were 19-2 in reply but Dhruv Singh (73) and Andy Barlow (32*) set them on their way to a seven wicket win with a partnership of 125. scorecard

Burscough will have to be content with third place as they now trail Ainsdale by 26 points despite winning at Parkfield Liscard. Burscough declared on 164-6 from 44.2 overs after interruptions for rain with Mike Cooney hitting 47 and Brendan Domigan 43. In reply, Rashid Riaz (36) and Abid Riaz (51) took Parkfield to 106-2 before Phil Unsworth (4-8) and 13 year old George Priestman (4-55) bowled them out for 134.  For Priestman*, it was his sixth appearance with Burscough's 1st XI and his best bowling performance to date. scorecard

Caldy raced to 191-9d after 47 overs against St Helens at Paton Field thanks to an innings of 110 from Sunil Gandhi. Phil Murgatroyd (5-53) and Adam Friar (3-39) took the wickets for Saints. Rich Battersby came to Caldy's rescue after the interval with 8-32 as Saints were wiped away for 73 in 26 overs. scorecard

Wavertree lost their first five wickets with just 13 runs on the board after being asked to bat at Skelmersdale. A fighting 41 from Steve Robinson and a late unbeaten 20 from Rod Salisbury took them to 105, Mark Adams taking 4-21. Rachid O'Neale (3-47) and Kamir Sohail (3-22) made sure it was difficult for the home side but Ben Maddocks (26*) took them to victory. scorecard

remaining fixtures:

Saturday September 17th
Ainsdale v Caldy
Burscough v Birkenhead St Mary's
St Helens v Southport Trinity
Sutton v Skelmersdale
Wavertree v Parkfield Liscard
(Fleetwood Hesketh)

*George Priestman not only plays cricket,  he bowls a slow left arm chinaman (SLC), but also excels at badminton and has recently competed in the Nottingham Under 15 Gold Tournament at the University of Nottingham. He comes from a family of Olympians. His father, Richard Priestman, represented Great Britain at archery in three Olympic Games, Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992). whilst his mother, Vladlena Priestman (née Kolesnykova), represented Great Britain at archery in Sydney (2000).