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Irby dodge rain to record a victory
RAIN had a major say in the Bank Holiday Saturday cricket programme but some matches involving local clubs were completed.
Neston fell to a seven wickets reverse at Chester Broughton Hall in the Premier Division of the Chapel Press Cheshire County League after being put in first. Their 149 total (David Hurst 37) proved inadequate.
Rain brought an early finish at Oxton who had reached 104-5 chasing a Hyde declared total of 228-6.
Irby in Division One enjoyed a four wickets victory over visiting Brooklands. Greg Shillinglaw 59 and Ray Houghton 6-43 were key men.
Upton played out a draw at Tattenhall where Jared Van Heerden contributed 59 and Gary Dixon took 4-89.
Birkenhead Park were the only local winners in the Bridging Finance Solutions Liverpool Competition.
They came away 97 runs to the good from Prestatyn in Division Two. Dan Jordan top scored with 63 and the bowlers to shine were Alex Harris 4-15 and Chris Stenhouse 3-35.
Rain saved Birkenhead St Mary’s at home to Skelmersdale whilst the Sutton v Caldy game did not get started.
Wallasey in Division One had to settle for a home draw against Fleetwood Hesketh with rain saving the day for the visitors who were on 112-9 (Liam Crilly 4-25) when the players were forced off. Crilly earlier reached 54 not out with David Conlon undefeated on 40.
The rain came to the aid of New Brighton at Highfield in the Premier Division. They closed on 89-6 chasing a home declared score of 239. Best for the seasiders were John While 43 not out and Neil Cross 4-46.
Eastham Bromborough were the only local winners in the Cheshire Alliance. They made it by 37 runs against Capenhurst in a low scoring Division Three clash. Ian Corner jnr took 6-27.
Ian Smith hit 41 for Tranmere Vics at Kerridge in a rain ruined clash.
Scoreboard: Cheshire County League Premier Div: Chester Broughton Hall 153-3, Neston 149; Oxton 104-5, Hyde 228-6dec. Div One: Irby 167-6, Brooklands 166. Div Two: Tattenhall 198-4dec, Upton 172-8.
Liverpool Competition Premier Div: Highfield 239-7dec, New Brighton 89-6. Div One: Wallasey 179-5dec, Fleetwood Hesketh 112-9. Div Two: Birkenhead St Mary’s 169, Skelmersdale 153-5; Prestatyn 93, Birkenhead Park 190-9dec; Sutton v Caldy - no play.
Cheshire Alliance Div One: Parkonians 125-9dec, Ellesmere Port 93-4. Div Three: Eastham Bromborough 97, Capenhurst 60; Kerridge v Tranmere Vics 75-3; Appleton II v Port Sunlight – no play. Meller Braggins Cheshire League Div Three: Glazebury 144-4dec v Wirral. Saturday fixtures include: Liverpool Competition Premier Div: New Brighton v Bootle. Div One: Ainsdale v Wallasey. Div Two: Birkenhead Park v Birkenhead St Mary’s; Caldy v St Helens Recs; Skelmersdale v Parkfield Liscard.
Cheshire County League Premier Div: Macclesfield v Oxton; Marple v Neston. Div One: Christleton v Irby. Div Two: Upton v Cheadle.
Cheshire Alliance Div One: Frodsham v Parkonians. Div Three: Port Sunlight v Frodsham II; Eastham Bromborough v Ellesmere Port II; Capenhurst v Tranmere Vics.
Cheshire League Div Three: Wirral v Stretton.