NEW Brighton gained a dramatic one run win over visiting Fleetwood Hesketh and will finish runners-up in the Premier Division of the Liverpool and District Competition behind new champions Ormskirk.

Martyn Evans (73), Upal Fernando (63 not out), Andrew Clarke 54 (n.o.) and Luke Proctor (49) helped the seasiders post 263-5.

Evans went on to claim 5-71 as the visitors were all out 262.

Birkenhead Park enjoyed a five-wickets margin at the expense of Southport & Birkdale.

Adam Liu top scored with 51. Chris Stenhouse 5-65 and Rob Houghton 5-47 bowled throughout the losers innings.

Neil Cross with 47 and 4-81 could not save Wallasey in a five-wickets reverse at home to Rainhill.

All three local clubs lost in Division Two. Caldy (Brynley Richards 67) fell by three wIckets at St Helens Town.

Parkfield Liscard (Grant Hughes, 50, amd Akmal Ghafoor, 4-44) went under by four wickets at Skelmersdale whilst Birkenhead St Mary's missed out by 146 runs against visiting Burscough.

Neston rounded off their programme in the Premier Division of the Cheshire County League with a two wickets victory at Bramhall.

Will Evans contributed 64 and Richard Wilkinson 43 after claiming 4-67.

Remarkably after a good late season run Neston finish fifth in the table.

Alas Oxton are bottom and relegated. Their final outing realised a six wickets loss at Chester broughton Hall where Gayan Fernando made 43.

Upton in seventh and Irby in tenth survive in Division Two.

Port Sunlight crushed Old Parkonians by 130 runs in Division One of the Cheshire Alliance and finish top. Parkonians and Ellesmere Port are the bottom two.

Tranmere Vics in Division Two had a three wickets success at Knutsford and head the table.

Eastham and Bromborough in Division Three had 61 runs to spare against Frodsham II.

Richard Smith, undefeated on 49, and Mark Griffiths (40) batted well. Russ Williams was the pick of the bowlers with 4-24. The combined side earns promotion.


Liverpool Competition Premier Div:- Birkenhead Park 118-5, Southport & Birkdale 114; New Brighton 263-5dec, Fleetwood Hesketh 262; Wallasey 179, Rainhill 180-5. Div.Two:- Birkenhead St Mary's 105, Burscough 251-5dec; Skelmersdale 133-6, Parkfield Liscard 130; St Helens Town 186-7, Caldy 184.

Cheshire County League Premier Div:- Bramhall 223-8dec, Neston 224-8; Chester Broughton Hall 146-4, Oxton 145. Div.Two:- Upton v Irby - result awaited.

Cheshire Alliance Div.One:- Port Sunlight 316-8dec, Old Parkonians 186. Div.Two:- Knutsford 138, Tranmere Vics 141-7. Div.Three:- Eastham & Bromborough 176-6dec, Frodsham II 115.

Closing matches in the Liverpool Competition on Saturday include:

Premier Div.:- Fleetwood Hesketh v Birkenhead Park; Maghull v New Brighton; Southport & Birkdale v Wallasey. Div.Two:- Birkenhead St Mary's v Old Xaverians; Caldy v Sutton; Parkfield Liscard v St Helens Town.