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Second Division - Skelmersdale's last pair keep them on top
Saturday 4th June 2016

Skelmersdale remain at the top Division Two but only after beating St Helens Town by one wicket in a titanic battle at Firswood Park.

Chasing 141 to win, the home side were in the mire on 67-6 before an unbeaten 40 by Ryan Maloney and 33 off the bat of Danny Edwards restored their fortunes. Even then the leaders only squeezed home by the tightest of margins with St Helens spinner Ian Jennions taking 3-33. Earlier Edwards and Matthew Fenney had each taken four wickets to restrict St Helens to 140 all out, Daniel Roberts making 40.

However, Old Xaverians kept the heat on Steve Maddocks’s side with a seven-wicket trouncing of Parkfield Liscard.

Josh Dilworth took 5-29 and Mark Doyle lent a hand with 3-40 as the hosts were bowled out for 102 in 41.4 overs. OXs overhauled that modest total in 23.2 overs, Dilworth completing a fine match by making 54 not out.

New boys Southport Trinity are settling into Competition life very nicely and they recorded their third win when they beat Wavertree by 40 runs at The Rookery.

Fifties by Mark Warren and Bobby Eyes hoisted the home side’s total to 191-9, despite Chad Williams’s 4-35. Tony Campbell then took 5-32 as the visitors managed just 151.

Fine bowling from Kamran Hussain inspired Caldy to a five-wicket defeat of Hightown St Mary’s at Sandy Lane. Hussain took 7-39 as the home side were dismissed for 107 and the Wirral team knocked these runs off in 43.3 overs despite the efforts of wicketkeeper turned bowler Tatenda Taibu, who took 3-53.

Nearer the city there was frustration aplenty, however, as rain ruined two matches.

At Alder, Spring View were 107-6 needing another 40 runs to beat the hosts when the thunderstorm arrived. Ken Highdale had made 54 in Alder’s total of 145.

It was a similar story at Aigburth where Sutton were 106-7 in reply to Liverpool’s 192 all out when rain brought an early end to the game.

results
 

 SECOND DIVISION 
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bonus points

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. . . .   . .   . .   .   . W W D/L D/L pen .
  P W WCn WDf T D (D) L LCn LDf ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts PTS    
. . 20 25 25 15 .   . -10 -10 5   5 . . . . . .    
1    Skelmersdale 7   6   0   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   0   (0)   0   12   10   1   3   0   146   CP
2    Old Xaverians 7 5 0 0 0 1 (0) 1 0 0 0 (0) 0 11 10 5 9 0 135   P
3    Liverpool 7 4 0 0 0 2 (1) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 8 8 9 11 1 115    
4    St Helens Town 7   4   0   0   0   0   (0)   2   0   0   0   (0)   1   17   0   5   7   0   114    
5    Southport Trinity 7   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   1   10   0   6   12   0   93    
6    Spring View 7   3   0   0   0   2   (1)   1   0   0   0   (1)   1   2   5   6   11   0   89    
7    Parkfield Liscard 7   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   4   0   0   0   (0)   0   5   0   2   9   0   76    
8    Alder 7   2   0   0   0   0   (0)   4   0   0   1   (0)   0   0   5   10   14   0   74    
9    Caldy 7   2   0   0   0   1   (0)   3   0   0   0   (0)   1   0   0   10   12   0   67   .
10    Wavertree 7   1   0   0   0   1   (0)   5   0   0   0   (0)   0   1   0   10   26   0   57    
11    Hightown St Mary's 7   1   0   0   0   0   (0)   6   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   0   7   19   0   46    
12    Sutton  7   0   0   0   0   2   (1)   3   0   0   0   (1)   2   0   0   6   20   0   36   R