One wicket helps St Helens gain an away victory

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St Helens Town first XI remain top of the Liverpool and District cricket competition second division with a nervy one wicket win away at Burscough.

Town skipper Woods won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first on a wet and green pitch.

Opening bowlers Payne and Murgatroyd set about their business early with Payne getting the away skipper caught at gully leaving Buscough 3-1 before a partnership of 47 took the score to 50-1 from 30 overs after some very tight bowling from the St Helens lads.

James Davies then came into the attack and quickly made inroads taking two wickets in his second over including a great low down caught and bowled, he continued to take wickets at regular intervals and finished with figures of 5-26 from 14 overs as Burscough where eventually bundled out for just 117.

Town started their reply steadily before the first wicket fell with the score on 20 as David Gaskell was bowled by Andrews, his opening partner Knowles continued to score freely and ended up 30 from just 39 balls before being stumped which looked like an extremely close call.

Town then found themselves in trouble at 35-3 as number three batsman Cooper and Town captain Woods both fell in the same over.

With the Burscough pitch starting to deteriorate significantly St Helens needed to dig in and try and rebuild the innings with patient batting, they found that in James Davies (20) and Rob Smith (24) but the game was far from over as Town found themselves 110-9.

Needing eight runs for victory the long batting line up of St Helens came to fruition as number 10 Payne and 11 Murgatoryd saw the game home in nervous circumstances with Murgatoryd hitting the winning 2 runs over the top of the infield which keeps St Helens top of the league.