WALLASEY will be a Premier League side next season after they finally secured promotion from the LDCC First Division despite losing to a Rainhill team who could yet join them.
Rainhill had Mohammed Qureshi to thank after he produced another brilliant all-round performance to secure the victory.
Qureshi scored 75 as Rainhill were bowled out for 213 and then claimed 6-55 as he and Matthew Dale (3-33) dismissed Wallasey for 178. Liam Crilly took 5-54 for Wallasey who will be champions if they score five points in their final match.
Rainhill are 16 points behind Fleetwood Hesketh, who occupy the second promotion spot going into the final round of games after they drew with Orrell Red Triangle. 68 from opener Mark Friend helped Orrell declare on 199-5 off 55 overs with Adnan Malik picking up 4-72.
Malik then scored an unbeaten 51 as he saved the draw for his side, who finished on 160-9 off 49 overs.
Christian Edwards (3-49) and Siddiq Patel (3-59) took three wickets apiece.
Ainsdale look to have fallen out of the promotion race following a shock defeat to relegated Alder. Batting first, Alder made 175 all out off 52.2 overs despite some excellent bowling from Tahir Khan (5-60).
Ainsdale lost regular wickets as Lance Mullholland (5-37) ensured Alder go down with pride intact after bowling out the visitors for 108.
The final team in promotion contention is Northop Hall, who thrashed Sefton Park in a match which also had ramifications at the bottom of the table.
The Welsh side reached a commanding total of 237 all out despite another fine performance from Sefton Park spinner Peter Kelly (6-101).
In reply, struggling Sefton offered little resistance as they were bowled out for 116.
The result leaves Northop Hall third on 249 points while Sefton achieved enough bonus points to move out of the relegation zone with one point separating them from Wigan who Sefton Park meet in a relegation decider next weekend.
Liverpool are now safe following their defeat of fellow strugglers Wigan.
Ian Handley (7-48) and Chris Whelan (3-67) dismissed Wigan for 123 with the small target providing little problem for Matthew Jackson (47no) and skipper Ashley McDonald (64) who put on 113 for the first wicket as the Aigburth Road side claimed a vital eight-wicket win.
Lawrence Armstrong hit 86 as Formby compiled 225-7. Danny Barlow picked up 3-42 for Newton and then excelled with the bat as he made an unbeaten 57 as his side reached the target.