RAINHILL slumped to a disappointing defeat in their Liverpool and District Cricket Competition Premier Division clash with Wallasey but there is still plenty to play for going into the season's final game.

David Atkinson took four for 84 as the Wirral outfit reached 223 for six but the target proved far too much as Rainhill were dismissed for 126. A top four finish for fifth placed Rainhill would still guarantee a Lancashire Cup place with the side's last game at Bootle, who desperately need points to avoid relegation, shaping up to be a cracker.

In Division One, leaders Newton le Willows came within a whisker of sealing promotion after they lost to visitors Lytham. It all looked positive when Siddiq Patel’s five for 44 dismissed the visitors for just 112, but Zia Ur Rehman spoilt the party, claiming six for 43 including the last man with just three runs required. The defeat means Willows go into the last week eight points clear at the top with a home meeting with third placed Rainford now a must win game.

Rainford themselves remain in the promotion hunt thanks to an eight wicket win at Fleetwood Hesketh who were bundled out for 97 thanks to six for 40 from Andrew Davies and four for 16 from John Dotters before Jason Login’s unbeaten 66 sealed the victory.

The season can't end soon enough for already relegated St Helens Town who slumped to 87 all out at Birkenhead Park before the hosts chased down the target for the loss of two wickets.

Sutton's Division Two campaign will see them finish seventh after a heavy defeat to promotion chasing Maghull. The hosts were skittled for just 74 at the New Street Oval with the visitors sealing a five wicket win despite an impressive spell from Alex Oldfield who took fibe for 19.