WALLASEY maintained their 100 per cent start to their Love Lane Liverpool Competition Premier Division campaign with a fourth win on the bounce against Wirral rivals Birkenhead Park.

Indian professional Sumit Ruikar had a superb game for the hosts, top scoring with an unbeaten 78 as Wallasey decked on 243 for four from 51.5 overs with Jamie Crawley (46), Alex Eagles (45) and Greg Beaver (40no) also contributing. Ruikar then starred with the ball, taking seven for 50 as Park were bundled out for just 121 despite Ahmad Safi Abdullah’s battling 56.

New Brighton drew their third game out of four after a match dominated by the batters at Newton le Willows. Opener Owais Shah smashed 98 off 121 balls for the visitors with David While chipping in with a valuable 50, against a bowling attack that included Lancashire’s Jack Morley, as the visitors declared on 237 for six from 55 overs. In reply the hosts lost just three wickets as they reached 191 with an unbeaten 91 from Subhaan Mahmood the highlight.

In Division One, Caldy suffered a third consecutive defeat after losing by 75 runs at Sefton Park. Consistent scoring allowed the hosts to declare on 230 for six from 55 overs with James Ashcroft (2-42) the pick of the bowlers. Mark Wilkie (43) gave Caldy a decent start but Park’s former Lancashire star Paul Horton took four for 32 as they crumbled to 155 all out.

Sunday saw Wallasey back in action in the first round of the Royal London Club Championship where they took on Longridge of the Northern Premier Cricket League. Josh Rylance (73) and Greg Beaver (84) led the way as the hosts reached 240 for four from their 40 overs. Sumit Raikar then completed a brilliant weekend by taking four for 19 off 7.5 overs as the Lancashire outfit were bowled out for 193 in the 37th over. Wallasey now take on Blackpool in the next round.