First Division - a draw is enough to make Maghull champions
Saturday 17th September 2011

A draw with Orrell Red Triangle was enough to give Maghull the First Division title after news came through from Prestatyn that their match with Southport and Birkdale had been abandoned after just two overs by which time the home side had reached 15-0. As at Ormskirk, no trophy was available for presentation to Maghull. scorecard

At Old Hall Field, Orrell posted 229-7d after 44.3 overs with Chris Riley hitting 56 and Andrew Mercer 54 not out. Mercer's runs were  made out an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 65 with Richard Everett (12*). Chris Barry took 4-76 for Maghull who went on to 204-3 thanks to an unbeaten century (102*, 16x4s, 6x6s) by James Broadbent who added 132 for the second wicket with Jon Ring (74). scorecard

Sam Loftus was another Australian to reach three figures. He hit 115 (126 balls, 10x4s, 1x6) for Wallasey at Aigburth before becoming one of Iain Handley's five victims. Bharat Tripathi claimed four as Wallasey were dismissed for 236 after 52.5 overs. Liverpool collapsed to 113-6 with Anthony McCarthy scoring 63 of them but Ryan Swiers (43) and Stephen Nealey (20*) added 62 for the ninth wicket before Handley blocked out two balls to earn a draw, Andrew Ward finishing with 5-21. scorecard

Rainhill were asked to bat by Sefton Park. Opener Mohammad Qureshi was the mainstay of their innings, making 74 out of 158, Phil Calrow (3-27) and Peter Kelly (3-50) doing the damage. Sefton's reply began disastrously, losing three wickets for 21, but  they had advanced to 53-3 when rain stopped play. scorecard

The match at Alder against Formby was abandoned without a ball being bowled. scorecard

The weather sealed St Helens Recs' fate as their match against Wigan at Ruskin Drive was also abandoned. After being promoted from the Second Divison last season, Recs make the return journey and are joined by Prestatyn. scorecard