BIRKENHEAD PARK struggled to 130 all out against as Skelmersdale side that lead the way in the BFS LDCC Second Division.
Good bowling from Skem’s Ben Maddocks (3-44) and Louis Sweeney (3-15) put their side in control.
In reply, the ever reliable Sunny Gandhi (56) made a half-century as his side reached the target for the loss of six wickets. Chris Stenhouse (3-38) was the pick of the Park bowlers.
Burscough’s Brendan Domigan produced the batting performance of the day with an unbeaten 124 off 134 balls as his side declared on a formidable 220-5 off 52.4 overs. Opponents Caldy dug in however with Chris Edwards making a painstaking 56 from 125 balls to ensure his side escaped with the draw as they finished on 170-8.
St Helens Town just edged a low scoring thriller against Birkenhead St Marys. Batting first, only Mike Bowe (46) showed any resistance for St Mary’s as first Chris Lyon (4-48) and then Gary Freeman with an extraordinary 4-2 ensured the home side were dismissed for 87.
At 62-8 the game was anyone’s as Muhammed Qasim’s 4-23 produced a tight finish, St Helens eventually reaching the target for no further losses.
Parkfield Liscard’s Grant Hughes produced a brilliant display of batting as he became one of only two batsmen to reach double figures with 83 out of his side’s 143 runs against Sutton. Stephen Birkett claimed the best bowling figures of the day with 8-54 but he ended up on the losing side as Sutton could only reach 108 all out.
Prestatyn and Wavertree produced a thrilling draw at Beach Close. Prestatyn’s overseas pro Warren Groeneveld hit an unbeaten 103 as his side reached 202-8 declared from 55 overs. Neil Clarkson (4-58) and Kamir Sohail (3-27) bowled well for Wavertree, as their new Barbadian import Randall Hoyte hit 65 to ensure the draw with the visitors finishing on 196-8, just seven runs short of the target. Groeneveld completed an excellent day with 4-59.