It was not much fun for the cricketers last Saturday with some matches not starting and others affected by the wet weather.

Many players, however, braved it out to get action and there were some interesting results.

Neston and Oxton posted important victories in the Premier Division of the Cheshire County League but still occupy the bottom two places in the table.

Neston had 38 runs to spare at home to Grappenhall. David Hurst top scored with 48 and Paul Stimson finished with 5-24.

Oxton saw off Bowdon by 60 runs. Chris Cashin made 52 and the bowlers to shine on a damp, dull day were Gayan Fernando with 5-38 and Glen Queri 4-25.

There was no joy for Irby and Upton in Division Two as both suffered defeat, Irby by five wickets at home to Alvanley and Upton by 92 runs against visiting Stockport.

Birkenhead Park lost and Wallasey and New Brighton had to settle for drawn matches in the Premier Division of the Liverpool Competition.

Neil Cross helped Wallasey to a 224-7 declared total at Bootle who closed 92 runs behind with one wicket intact. Chris Bourne bowled well to return 7-33.

Luke Proctor scored 60 for New Brighton who reached 163 after being asked to bat first, visitors Rainhill were 159-7 at stumps.

Birkenhead Park were out in at Ormskirk and their 107 total proved inadequate as the Lancashire outfit got home by three wickets.

Birkenhead St Mary's went under by eight wickets against St Helens Town. Muhammad Ghafoor did his best with 44.

Parkfield Liscard and Caldy did not start their matches.

Tranmere Vics in Division Two of the Cheshire Alliance made short work of visiting Bowdon Vale who were shot out for a meagre 62. Vics cruised in by nine wickets.

Maritime lost by three wickets at home to Westminster Park.

New Brighton remain in a challenging second position for the Competition Premier League title. Wallasey are sixth in the table and Birkenhead Park eighth.

Division Two sees Parkfield Liscard third, Caldy eighth and Birkenhead St Mary's tenth.

Upton are sixth in Division Two of the County League and Irby eleventh.

Port Sunlight sit second in Division One of the Alliance with Old Parkonians and Ellesmere Port in the bottom two positions, Tranmere Vids head Division Two in which Maritime are eighth.

Eastham and Bromborough are third in Divisin Three.


Liverpool Competition Premier Div:- Bootle 132-9, Wallasey 224-7dec; New Brighton 163, Rainhill 159-7; Ormskirk 109-7, Birkenhead Park 107.

Div.Two:- Birkenhead St Mary's 134, St Helens Town 136-2; Parkfield Liscard v Burscough and Prestatyn v Caldy - no play.

Cheshire County League Premier Div:- Neston 158-9dec, Grappenhall 120; Oxton 171-9dec, Bowdon 111. Div.Two:- Irby 114, Alvanley 118-5; Upton 83, Stockport 175-9dec.

Cheshire Alliance Div One:- Old Parkonians v Stretton - no play; Appleton v Port Sunlight, Ellesmere Port v The Groves -details awaited.

Div.Two:- Maritime 98, Westminster Park 99-7; Tranmere Vics 66-1, Bowdon Vale 62. Div.Three:- Capenhurst v Eastham and Bromborough -details awaited.

Fixtures for this Saturday include:

Liverpool Competition Premier Div:- Birkenhead Park v Leigh; Southport & Birkdale v New Brighton; Wallasey v Northern. Division Two:- Birkenhead St Mary's v Parkfield Liscard.

Cheshire County League Premier Div:- Bowdon v Neston; Toft v Oxton. Div.Two:- Congleton v Upton; Weaverham v Irby.

Cheshire Alliance Div.One:- Holmes Chapel v Ellesmere Port; Port Sunlight v Wilmslow; The Groves v Old Parkonians. Div.Two:- Bowdon Vale v Maritime; Offerton v Tranmere Vics;. Div.Three:- Eastham and Bromborough v Hartford.

Cheshire League Division Three:- Wirral v Over Peover.