WALLASEY live to fight again in the Premier Division of the Liverpool Competition.

A final-day victory at home to Rainhill lifted them out of the bottom two in the table and everyone at the club breathed a sigh of relief.

Neil Cross and Alex Eagles crucially put on 146 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership for the Wirral side who closed their innings on 224-2. Cross included nine fours and six sixes in his 106. Eagles was on 63.

Rainhill did not make life easy for Wallasey but in the end they fell 23 runs short with Chris Bourne returning 6-49 for the winners.

Champions New Brighton completed their fixtures the previous Sunday and suffered a rare defeat by five wickets at Northern.

David While included eight fours in his century but a 213 all out total proved inadequate.

Birkenhead Park lost by 151 runs at relegated Highfield where they were dismissed for just 75. Earlier, Rob Houghton claimed 6-98 for the Wirral side as Highfield declared on 226-9.

A 5-32 haul by Stu Pilley could not save Caldy in their Division Two game at Burscough who won by 128 runs.

Caldy finish second bottom with Birkenhead adrift at the foot of the table. Birkenhead St Mary’s conceded their derby at Parkfield Liscard.


Liverpool Competition Premier Div: Wallasey 224-2dec, Rainhill 201; Highfield 226-9dec, Birkenhead Park 75; Northern 214-5, New Brighton 213. Div Two: Burscough 179, Caldy 51; Parkfield Liscard v Birkenhead St Mary’s - Birkenhead conceded.

Matches in other leagues were concluded the previous weekend.

Neston finished 10th in the Premier Division of the Cheshire County League and retain their status. Oxton in Division One took sixth place.

In Division Two Upton closed in fifth place but Irby were bottom and face relegation. Tranmere Vics finished bottom of Division One in the Cheshire Alliance and will drop a division.

Maritime topped Division Two and will step up. Old Parkonians were in sixth place.

Port Sunlight were at the head of Division Three of the Cheshire League. Wirral were fourth.