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Although many of the district's clubs had met regularly as far back as 1850, or earlier, it was not until 1892 that a Liverpool newspaper began publishing a weekly table and calling it the Liverpool Competition in order to create more interest in the game.
The eleven senior clubs making up the original table were Birkenhead Park, Bootle, Formby, Huyton, Liverpool, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Oxton, Rock Ferry and Sefton.
Neston were offered first team fixtures in 1908 and, in 1919, Hightown and Southport and Birkdale joined whilst Wallasey took over the fixtures of the Rock Ferry club who did not resume after the First War. Boughton Hall (not then known as Chester) were invited to join in 1923.
The Competition continued until 1947 when it was decided to admit a sixteenth club and Preston were voted in. Two years later, fixtures were standardised by all clubs agreeing to meet each other and although there was no suggestion of a league, it was decided to regard the table as official.
Preston resigned at the end of the 1952 season to be replaced by St. Helens Recs in 1953.
The Competition remained in this format until 1996 when an expansion programme began with the election of seven clubs - Colwyn Bay, Marchwiel and Northop Hall from North Wales and Leigh, Newton le Willows, St. Helens and Wigan from the Manchester Association.
The Manchester Association suffered further when Bolton and Worsley were admitted in 1997. Widnes were elected as Associate Members to play third eleven cricket. At the end of the 1997 season, founder members Birkenhead Park, Chester Boughton Hall, Neston and Oxton resigned to join the Cheshire County League following the Lancashire Cricket Board's abortive attempt to 'cherry pick' clubs to form a Premier League.
Manchester Association champions, Lytham were elected in 1998, Oxton were elected as Associate Members, Sefton were renamed Sefton Park, Marchwiel resigned and Widnes were renamed Widnes Birchfield.
The top 12 in the 1st and 2nd XI tables at the end of the 1998 season were to form the new Premier Divisions the following season with the remainder in the First Divisions.
In 1999, the Competition was extended to 24 Full Member clubs with the admission of Fleetwood Hesketh, Maghull and Orrell Red Triangle from the Southport League. History was created this season with the formation of a two division system, 2 up and 2 down, at 1st and 2nd XI level. Widnes Birchfield became Birchfield Park.
Merseyside Competition champions, Caldy, were elected in 2000 to play in the First Division. Southport and District Amateur League side Highfield were similarly elected in 2001.
In March 2000, the 1st XI Premier Division was granted 'ECB Premier League' status and became known as 'ECB Premier League'.
1st XI matches start at 1:00 pm (12:00 noon in late August and September) with the last 20 overs beginning at 6:45 pm (5:45 pm in late August and September) thus allowing for the required ECB minimum of 110 overs at a bowling rate of 17 overs per hour.
Lancashire County Cricket Club use Liverpool, Lytham and Southport & Birkdale as out grounds for 1st class matches as does Glamorgan County Cricket Club with Colwyn Bay. Other grounds, are regularly used for Lancashire 2nd XI and Minor County (Cheshire and Wales MC) matches.
In season 2001, Liverpool Cricket Club staged three Benson and Hedges Knockout games at its Aigburth ground where Lancashire played host to Durham (Tuesday May 1st), Derbyshire (Friday May 4th) and Yorkshire (Sunday May 6th). It was the first time that Yorkshire had played there in a first class related match since 1957.
Bolton resigned at the end of the 2001 season. Southport & District Amateur League side Haydock were elected and took their place in the First Division in 2002.
With the feeder league system taking effect at the end of the 2004 season, Haydock, bottom team in the First Division, were relegated to the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance with their champions, Ainsdale, moving in the opposite direction.
From the end of the 2005 season, a 'two down, two up' system began between the Liverpool Competition and the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance, provided that the teams being promoted met the Liverpool Competition ground criteria and that the club wished to be promoted in the first place.
Caldy and Worsley were relegated to the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance with Prestatyn and Southport Trinity moving in the opposite direction into the L&DCC First Division for 2006.
The ECB Premier League increased to 14 in 2007. Rainhill and Wavertree were promoted from the Merseyside Alliance into the L&DCC First Division. 2008 welcomed Rainford and Skelmersdale into Division 1 and also Burscough and Norley Hall into the 2nd XI structure as, for the first time, 1st & 2nd XI's moved independently between the Competition and the Alliance.
A new name to appear in the 2nd XI Competition in 2009 was Parkfield Liscard from the Wirral. They are included within the 9 Associate LDCC Members:- Alder, Birchfield, Caldy, Huyton, Norley Hall, Oxton, Parkfield Liscard, Southport Trinity and Wavertree.
From 2010, the Competition divided into three divisions of 12 at 1st and 2nd team levels. The membership totalled 36 Full and 4 Associate members and was the outcome of a decade of co-operation and negotiation with the Merseyside & Southport Cricket Alliance and previously the Merseyside Competition and Southport & District League. The membership is set out below in divisional format. 2011 full membership remained unchanged with 3 Associate members.
2012 welcomed the return of Birkenhead Park to Division 2 and also to that Division, Old Xaverians who moved up from Associate Members. There were now 3 Divisions of 12 with 2 Associate Clubs. However, just prior to the season the talks between the 2 St. Helens clubs failed to produce a satisfactory solution to a merger as such and St. Helens failed to continue which meant that the League Management had no time to recommend another club. Thus, the 2nd Division played with 11 clubs which was disappointing to all. St. Helens Recs decided to change their name to St. Helens Town - again too late for printed publications. At the commencement of the season, there was interest from clubs to fill the space and it is confidently expected to appoint a new club before resignation deadlines from their existing league. Merseyside Cricket Competition were offered the opportunity to join the L&DCC 'umbrella' as an Associate League but their clubs voted against the proposal which was recommended by the MCC management.
|PREMIER DIV.||First Division||Second Division|
|COLWYN BAY||ALDER||BIRKENHEAD ST. MARYS|
|LYTHAM||NORTHOP HALL||PARKFIELD LISCARD|
|MAGHULL||ORRELL RED TRIANGLE||PRESTATYN|
|NEW BRIGHTON||RAINHILL||ST. HELENS TOWN|
|2nd XI Premier||2nd First||2nd Second|
|COLWYN BAY||ALDER||BIRKENHEAD ST. MARYS|
|LEIGH||FLEETWOOD HESKETH||PARKFIELD LISCARD|
|NORTHOP HALL||ORMSKIRK||ST. HELENS TOWN|
|ORRELL RED TRIANGLE||SOUTHPORT & BIRKDALE||SKELMERSDALE|
|3rd XI Premier||3rd XI First|
|BIRCHFIELD PARK 3||ALDER 3|
|BOOTLE 3||ALDER 4|
|LIVERPOOL 3||BIRCHFIELD PARK 4|
|MAGHULL 3||BIRKENHEAD PARK 3|
|MAGHULL 4||BIRKENHEAD PARK 4|
|NEW BRIGHTON AMc||CALDY 3|
|NEW BRIGHTON ES||CALDY 4|
|NORTHERN 3||LIVERPOOL 4|
|NORTHERN 4||NORTHERN 5 (LP)|
|ORMSKIRK 3||NORTHERN 5 (WC)|
|SEFTON PARK 3||SEFTON PARK 4||WALLASEY 3|
|SEFTON PARK 5||WAVERTREE 3|
|3rd XI SUN. Premier||3rd XI SUN. East||3rd XI SUN. West|
|BOOTLE 4||HIGHFIELD 4||AINSDALE 4|
|FLEETWOOD HESKETH 3||LEIGH 4||ALDER 5|
|FORMBY 3||LYTHAM 3||BIRKENHEAD ST. MARYS 3|
|HIGHFIELD 3||MAGHULL 5||COLWYN BAY 3|
|LEIGH 3||NEWTON-le-WILLOWS 3||FORMBY 4|
|ORRELL RED TRIANGLE 3||NORLEY HALL 3||HIGHTOWN 3|
|PARKFIELD LISCARD 3||ORRELL RED TRIANGLE 4||NORTHOP HALL 3|
|RAINFORD 3||ST. HELENS TOWN 4||OLD XAVERIANS 3|
|RAINHILL 3||SOUTHPORT & BIRKDALE 4||PRESTATYN 3|
|ST. HELENS TOWN 3||WIGAN 3||SEFTON PARK 6|
CURRENT OFFICIALS - 2012 ( See also under OFFICIALS - also contactable by website e-mail on Home Page )
PRESIDENT - E.A.Hadfield CHAIRMAN - J.A.Williams HON. SECRETARY - R.C.Weston HON. TREASURER - M.R.Barber CRICKET CHAIRMAN - J. Rotheram PUBLICITY & SPONSORSHIP CHAIRMAN - Vacant FIXTURE SECRETARY (1st & 2nd XI's) - R. Durand FIXTURE SECRETARY (3rd XI) - M.J.Leddy DISCIPLINARY CHAIRMAN - R.A.McCullagh