WALLASEY'S bid to to become Liverpool and District Cricket Competition Premier League champions is over despite beating Rainhill by 97 runs at the Kevin McCullagh Oval.

97 from opener Jamie Crawley and an unbeaten 65 from Andrew Ward ensured the hosts declared on 223 for six with Andrew Beaver's four for 39 and Matthew Keogh's three for 23 sealing the win.

It was not enough though as Northern clinched the title following a hard-fought three wicket victory over New Brighton who were bundled out for just 137 at Moor Park.

Mark Hale's three for 44 helped make the run chase a tricky one but the hosts reached the target in the 42nd over to seal the Crosby club's fourth Premier League title.

It's all to play for in the First Division with Birkenhead Park just eight points behind Newton le Willows in the battle to become champions going into the final week of the season.

Park kept up the pressure with a straight forward win over relegated St Helens Town as Satyajeet Bachhav (5-26) and David Nevin (4-14) dismissed the stragglers for 87 before an eight wicket win was confirmed in the 21st over.

Caldy will play in the First Division next season after they were confirmed as Division Two champions following a win at Wavertree.

Mark Wilkie led the way with 91 as the visitors declared on 207 for eight before Chris Edwards (3-42) helped wrap up the all-important 77 run victory which is Caldy's first promotion in 22 years in their centenary year.

Elsewhere in the division, Parkfield Liscard suffered a bad day at the office as they were bowled out for just 56 in reply to Prestatyn's 165 all out.