Maghull beat the rain - and Wavertree - to move up to fifth

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

BAD weather and fix­ture re­arrange­ment meant that only three games were played in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion of the Liver­pool Gin Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

The best of that trio was that played at Old Xave­ri­ans where St He­lens Town just failed to col­lect the 16 ex­tra points for the win which would have seen them move up to sec­ond place in the ta­ble.

Opt­ing to bat first - the only side in the Com­pe­ti­tion to do so Old Xavs were dis­missed for 192 in 51.5 overs with Matthew North mak­ing 62 and James Davies tak­ing 3-55. How­ever, the real ex­cite­ment was re­served for the sec­ond half of the game as Craig Woods’ 47 led the vis­i­tors’ charge at that tar­get. But St He­lens fin­ished an ag­o­nis­ing three runs short on 190-6 af­ter 57 overs and are now fourth in the ta­ble, 19 points be­hind the lead­ers, Liver­pool, who didn’t have a game on Satur­day.

Two other games were com­pleted much more swiftly. At Maghull Greg Gille­spie made 51 in the home side’s 207-9 de­clared in only 39 overs and then seamer Wil­liam Mashinge took 6-11 as Wavertree were skit­tled for 68. Maghull’s 139-run vic­tory hoists them up to fifth place in the ta­ble.

Alder’s six-wicket vic­tory over South­port Trin­ity was com­pleted even more rapidly. Nazim Mo­hammed took 8-14 as the vis­i­tors were rolled for a mere 50 runs in 25.1 overs and Kam­ran Hus­sain’s un­beaten 36 en­sured this mod­est tar­get was passed in only 15 overs.

The matches at Park­field Lis­card and Prescot & Odyssey were aban­doned with­out a ball bowled.

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