WALLASEY sit at the top of the Love Lane Liverpool Competition Premier Division with an 100 per cent record after a brilliant performance at Rainhill.

Opening pair Jamie Crawley (106) and Daniel Beaver (100no) both scored centuries in a huge first wicket stand of 196 as the visitors declared on 229 for two from 53.3 overs. Sumit Ruikar (5-72) and Andrew Beaver (5-56) wrapped up a 67-run win.

It was an emotional day at Birkenhead Park where players wore black armbands and held a minute’s silence in memory of Park batter Josh Downie, who died a year ago on Friday aged just 24. The opening batsman, who was also a PE teacher at Lord Derby Academy, suffered a heart attack while practising in nets at the club. He was the brother of Olympian gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie. Park pulled off a result to savour in his memory, beating reigning champions Northern who were dismissed for just 122 thanks to Alex Baker (4-24) and Khalid Wahbi (4-40). Mark Rowland (53) and Alex Harris (63) steered Park home for a memorable six-wicket win.

New Brighton drew at Orrell Red Triangle after the hosts declared on 210 for seven before some lower order resistance saw the visitors recover from six for three to finish on 190 for nine with Dan Cooke (42) top scoring.

In Division One, Caldy suffered a heavy defeat at Lytham who compiled 194 for nine from 55 overs with Adam Brown’s three for 36 the pick of the bowling figures. Corne Nel finished unbeaten on 34 as the visitors were bowled out for 131.

Division Two saw Parkfield Liscard suffer a bad day at the office at Southport Trinity. Josh Courtney (4-46) and Piushan Gamekankanamge (4-20) did well to restrict the hosts to 136 all out but it all went wrong when the visitors went in to bat as they were bowled out for just 54 from 29 overs.