THE weather took its toll on the weekend cricket programme with many matches on Saturday called off without a ball being bowled.

The Birkenhead Park v New Brighton derby in the Premier Division of the Liverpool & District Competition did get a prompt start and concluded in a draw.

The seasiders declared on 182-7 with David While and Luke Proctor each contributing 61. Khalid Wahbi for Park claimed 4-37.

The home side closed on 64-7 with their last pair together.

Mark Hale took 5-7 in eight overs for Brighton Caldy in Division Two clung on for a draw at home to Old Xaverians.

They finished on 128-9 after the Old Boys were all out for 141. Brynley Richards for Caldy top scored on 37 and also took 3-33.

Neston drew with Urmston in a close finish to their Cheshire County League Premier Division encounter.

Urmston reached 160-8 declared after being asked to bat first. Neston finished four runs short with their last two men at the wicket.

Best for the home side were Ash Davis with 3-48 and Will Evans 37.

Oxton lost by six wickets at home to Marple who replied with 164-4 after the Wirral side had declared on 160-5. Alex Hughes hit 41 for Oxton.

Upton won but Irby lost in Division Two. Irby figured in a tense affair at home to Bredbury St Marks who sneaked home by one wicket.

Upton had two wickets to spare at home to Warrington. Rick Potter was the match winner with a patient knock of 92.

Fixtures involving local clubs this Saturday include:

Liverpool Competition Premier Div: Leigh v Wallasey; New Brighton v Northern; Rainhill v Birkenhead Park.

Div One: Alder v Birkenhead St Mary’s; Burscough v Caldy; Parkfield Liscard v Spring View.

Cheshire County League Premier Div: Marple v Neston; Oxton v Bramhall. Div Two: Irby v Heaton Mersey; Poynton v Upton.

Cheshire Alliance Div One: Glazebury v Ellesmere Port; Old Parkonians v Wilmslow; Stretton v Port Sunlight. Div Two: Maritime v Rylands; Tranmere Vics v Frodsham. Div Three: Appleton v Eastham & Bromborough.

Cheshire League Div Three: Sandbach v Wirral.

Scoreboard: Liverpool Competition Premier Div: Birkenhead Park 64-7, New Brighton 182-7dec; Wallasey v Lytham – no play.

Div Two: Birkenhead St Mary’s v Hightown – no play; Caldy 128-9, Old Xaverians 141; Prestatyn v Parkfield Liscard – no play.

Cheshire County League Premier Div: Neston 156-9, Urmston 160-8dec; Oxton 160-5dec, Marple 164-4. Div Two: Irby 155-9dec, Bredbury St Marks 157-9; Upton 151-8, Warrington 150-6dec.

Cheshire Alliance Div One: Appleton v Old Parkonians – no play.