BIRKENHEAD PARK Cricket Club remain top of the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition’s Division Two despite falling to a rare defeat against Sutton CC on Saturday.
Adam Onion (52) and Jonathan Green (54) put on 104 for the fourth wicket to ensure Sutton could declare on 214-6 off 55 overs.
Park skipper Chris Stenhouse claimed 3-44 but his side’s batting collapsed as Craig Campbell (3-45), Ray Foster (3-15) and Liam Dodd (3-18) skittled the leaders out for 118.
Parkfield Liscard are nine points behind Birkenhead Park following an easy win over Wavertree.
Parkfield opener Grant Hughes (56) top-scored as his side reached 198 all out.
Kamir Sohail took 3-58 but Jonathan Nation’s extraordinary six wickets for just six runs were the standout figures.
Matthew Keogh (4-37) and Kamran Hussain (4-34) ensured Wavertree were bowled out for just 91.
In what is shaping up to be a thrilling finish to the season, third-placed Burscough are just nine points behind Parkfield Liscard after a 44-run win over Birkenhead St Mary’s.
Zahid Mohammed took 5-36 as Burscough were dismissed for 156 but Rob Glaysher’s 4-36 ensured the total was enough as St Mary’s were bowled out for 112.
Skelmersdale remain in contention in fourth following a 50-run win over St Helens Town.
Skelmersdale could only make 117 in their innings with Michael Stark’s 3-23 the best figures.
The low total was too much for St Helens though as Sunny Gandhi (7-17) ensured they were bundled out for just 67.
Bottom side Old Xaverians recorded their second win of the season with a fine victory over Caldy.
Mark Doyle (5-37) and Kevin Heywood (4-58) helped dismiss Caldy for 173.
Ian Carroll then smashed an unbeaten 87 as Old Xavs reached the target in the 37th over for the loss of five wickets.