Sut­ton go up as rain falls down

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IT was more with a whim­per than a bang, as the Septem­ber rain all but washed out the penul­ti­mate Satur­day of the South­port & District Am­a­teur Cricket League – but Sut­ton’s re­turn to the Liver­pool & District Cricket Com­pe­ti­tion was at last con­firmed.

Sec­ond-placed Nor­ley Hall’s en­counter with Aig­burth was aban­doned in the 21st over, with the south Liver­pool visi­tors 50-4, mean­ing Hall can no longer catch the divi­sion lead­ers, whose game at Birken­head St Mary’s did not even get started.

Else­where, New­burgh man­aged 23 overs of their in­nings at Goose Green – they made it to 57-4 – be­fore the rain closed in and brought pro­ceed­ings to an end.

And that was the only other play in the Premier Divi­sion.

The Sec­ond Divi­sion fared a lit­tle bet­ter, with two games play­ing to a fin­ish.

Dal­ton’s Thomas Hares took a bril­liant 5-8 – in­clud­ing a hat-trick – as New Vic­to­ria sec­onds were bowled out for 110, a tar­get the hosts reached for the loss of four wick­ets.

And Mersey­side Com­mon­wealth Con­fer­ence racked up 155 to beat third-placed Win­stan­ley Park by 75 runs and con­firm their place at the top of the divi­sion.

Park can no longer catch Birken­head St Mary’s sec­onds, who take the run­ners-up spot.

Cheshire Lines sec­onds con­ceded for the first time this sea­son, as did Moss Side Maghull for the sixth time, with Church­town and White­field the ben­e­fi­cia­ries – both sides might have ben­e­fited from hang­ing on and wait­ing for the rain.

White­field sec­onds and Moss­ley Hill sec­onds, in the Third Divi­sion, con­ceded their games with Hes­keth Bank sec­onds and Bed­ford Park.

In the only main is­sue yet to be de­cided in the League, sec­ond-placed Park are six points clear of Hal­sall West End sec­onds, whom they host this Satur­day af­ter­noon in a win­ner-takes-all clash.

Sut­ton and Mersey­side Com­mon­wealth Con­fer­ence shared the Sand­hurst Shield, af­ter the rain put paid to Sun­day’s sched­uled fi­nal at Nor­ley Hall.

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