NEW Brighton had to settle for a draw at Highfield on a rain affected Saturday and saw their lead at the top of the Liverpool Competition Premier League cut to 29 points.

The seasiders declared on 179-7 with major contributions from Martyn Evans undefeated on 68 and Andrew Clarke 67.

Ashraf Nawab claimed 5-29 as Highfield reached 106-8 in 23 overs.

Birkenhead Park are third in the table after a three wickets win over visiting Bootle.

Ian Daniel was key with a 6-32 haul.

There was no decision at Wallasey where he home side reached 37-0 chasing 221-7 when the elements took over.

Birkenead St Mary's drew with Hightown St Mary's in Division Two.

Sam Black claimed 4-57 as the visitors totalled 205.

Jake Fitzmaurice was unbeaten on 38 as the home innings was cut short at 85-2.

Chris Edwards contributed 55 for Caldy in a three wickets defeat at Alder.

Sadrey Depieza hit 59 for Parkfield Liscard who went down by six wickets at home to Wavertree.

Neston disappointed at home to Hyde in the Premier Division of the Cheshire County League as tyey fell by eight wickets. Simon Mugava scored 37.

Oxton came away seven wickets winners from Oulton Park in Division One.

Mahesh Rajaratna took 5-48 and also hit 46. Others to shine were Gayan Fernando with 5-77 and Shaaiq Choudry 47 not out.

Upton had to settle for a draw at Stockport in Division Two. Rich Cowderoy 74, Ben Cant 42 and Liam Sundve 6-53 were the form players.

Irby lost by nine wickets at home to Alvanley after being dismissed for 91.

Port Sunlight secured a 38 runs victory at home to Aston in Division Three of the Cheshire League whilst Dave Fletcher with 4-31 helped Wirral triumph by two wickets at Wilmslow.


Liverpool Competition Premier Division: 

  • Birkenhead Park 94-7, Bootle 91; Highfield 106-8, New Brighton 179-7dec; Wallasey 37-0, Formby 221-7 dec.
  • Div Two:- Parkfield Liscard 177, Wavertree 178-4; Birkenhead St Mary's 85-2, Hightown St Mary's 205; Alder 167-7, Caldy 166.

Cheshire County League Premier Div: 

  • Neston 108, Hyde 110-2. Div One: Oulton Park 146, Oxton 147-3. Div Two:- Irby 91, Alvanley 93-1; Stockport 274, Upton 208-8.

Cheshire Alliance Div One: Scores awaited

Cheshire League Div Three: 

  • Port Sunlight 209-9dec, Aston 171; Wilmslow 96, Wirral 100-8.

Fixtures for this Saturday include:

Liverpool Competition Premier Div: Birkenhead Park v Lytham 

New Brighton v Bootle; Ormskirk v Wallasey. Div.Two:- Old Xaverians v Birkenhead St Mary's; Caldy v Skelmersdale; Hightown St Mary's v Parkfield Liscard.

Cheshire County League Premier Div:- Nantwich v Neston. Div.One:- Oxton v Sale. Div.Two:- Stockport v Irby; Upton v Mobberley.

Cheshire Alliance Div.One:- Tranmere Vics v Westminster Park. Div.Two:- Bowdon Vale v Eastham & Bromborough; Frodsham v Old Parkonians; Maritime v Audlem.

Cheshire League Div.Three:- Cholmondeley v Port Sunlight; Wirral v Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.