Sutton go up as rain falls down
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.