Liverpool and District Cricket Competition
|Format||Time (target 110 overs per game)|
|First tournament||1850 (informally), 1892 (known as 'Liverpool Competition'), 2000 (ECB Premier League)|
|Number of teams||12 (ECB Premier League), 12 (First division), 12 (Second division)|
|Current champion||Leigh CC, Lancashire|
The Competition operates a three divisional system with Premier, First and Second Divisions, the Southport and District Amateur Cricket League is its feeder league.
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 to create more interest in the game.
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 (later known as Chester Boughton Hall) 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.
In recent years, the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition has changed radically. There was an expansion in 1996 that introduced clubs from further afield in Lancashire and North Wales but saw founder members Birkenhead Park, Chester Boughton Hall, Neston and Oxton resign to join the Cheshire County Cricket League for the 1998 season. Of the four, only Oxton had failed to be champions of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition.
From the end of the 2004 season, promotion from and relegation to the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance feeder league was introduced, but was then curtailed from the end of the 2009 season. At this time, additional clubs from the Alliance were 'invited' to join, to form a new three divisional structure.
Moorfield and Southport Trinity resigned to return to the Merseyside Competition and Southport League respectively for 2012. Birkenhead Park (returning) and Old Xaverians (Merseyside Competition) elected to replace them.
Spring View from the Bolton and District Cricket Association joined the Second Division in 2013.
In 2014, Hightown merged with former Merseyside Competition outfit Crosby St. Mary's (formerly known as St Mary's Old Boys CC) and became Hightown St. Mary's. At the start of the 2014 season (as Hightown) they negotiated an unusual 'double relegation' from the Premier division into division 2, following the loss of several players to, among others, Southport & Birkdale CC. The club argued they would not be able to compete in Division 1 due to playing strength. The league agreed to the request and a severely weakened 1st XI won just one league game in Division 2 during the 2014 season. The following year, buoyed by the merger and the recruitment of several players, the club finished 7th with a total of 10 wins and are recruiting again for 2016.
For over thirty years Liverpool Competition legend Ian Cockbain snr played his club cricket at Bootle before retiring at the end of the 2008 season aged 50. During the winter of 2012-2013, he was persuaded by a friend to come out of retirement and join his club Formby, where Cockbain now lives, with a view to captaining the side in 2014 and, with his vast experience, hopefully take them from the First Division into the ECB Premier League for 2015, the year of the club's 150th anniversary. On the last day of the 2014 season, Formby were proclaimed champions, winning the division by twenty points and thus fulfilling the club's dream for 2015.
2nd XIs play in a similar three divisional structure but independent of the 1st XIs.
There is a two divisional structure for Saturday 3rd XIs and below, with another structure for those clubs preferring to play on Sundays. They have a Premier Division and two First Divisions, North East and South West.
1st XI Divisions for 2010
1st XI Divisions for 2011
1st XI Divisions for 2012
ECB Premier League: Bootle, Colwyn Bay, Highfield, Hightown, Leigh, Lytham, Maghull, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Rainford, Southport and Birkdale,
Second Division: Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead St Mary's, Burscough, Caldy, Old Xaverians, Parkfield Liscard, Prestatyn, St Helens Recs, Skelmersdale, Sutton, Wavertree.
1st XI Divisions for 2013
ECB Premier League: Bootle, Fleetwood Hesketh, Highfield, Hightown, Leigh, Lytham, Maghull, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Southport and Birkdale, Wallasey.
Second Division: Alder, Birkenhead St Mary's, Burscough, Caldy, Old Xaverians, Prestatyn, St Helens Town, Sefton Park, Skelmersdale, Spring View, Sutton, Wavertree.
1st XI Divisions for 2014
ECB Premier League: Birkenhead Park, Bootle, Fleetwood Hesketh, Leigh, Lytham, Maghull, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Rainhill, Southport and Birkdale, Wallasey.
Second Division: Alder, Birkenhead St Mary's, Burscough, Caldy, Hightown, Old Xaverians, Parkfield Liscard, Prestatyn, St Helens Town, Skelmersdale, Spring View, Sutton.
1st XI Divisions for 2015
ECB Premier League: Birkenhead Park, Bootle, Formby, Highfield, Leigh, Lytham, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Rainhill, Southport and Birkdale, Wallasey.
Second Division: Alder, Birkenhead St Mary's, Burscough, Caldy, Hightown St. Mary's, Old Xaverians, Parkfield Liscard, Orrell Red Triangle, Skelmersdale, Spring View, Sutton, Wavertree.
1st XI Divisions for 2016
ECB Premier League: Birkenhead Park, Bootle, Colwyn Bay, Formby, Leigh, Lytham, New Brighton, Northern, Ormskirk, Rainford, Rainhill, Wallasey.
Second Division: Alder, Caldy, Hightown St. Mary's, Liverpool, Old Xaverians, Parkfield Liscard, St Helens Town, Skelmersdale, Southport Trinity, Spring View, Sutton, Wavertree.
1st XI Divisions for 2017
First Division: Birkenhead Park, Burscough, Fleetwood Hesketh, Highfield, Hightown St Mary's, Newton le Willows, Orrell Red Triangle, Prestatyn, Rainford, Sefton Park, Skelmersdale, Wigan.
|year||1st XI Division||2nd XI Division|
|1949||Bootle||Southport and Birkdale|
|1950||Bootle||Southport and Birkdale|
|1951||Boughton Hall||Boughton Hall|
|1954||Liverpool and Southport and Birkdale (joint)||New Brighton|
|1956||Bootle||Southport and Birkdale|
|1957||Chester Boughton Hall and Neston (joint)||Southport and Birkdale|
|1958||Hightown and Ormskirk (joint)||Southport and Birkdale|
|1959||Liverpool||Southport and Birkdale|
|1965||Neston||Southport and Birkdale|
|1974||New Brighton||New Brighton|
|1975||Southport and Birkdale||Sefton|
|1977||Ormskirk||Sefton and Birkenhead Park (joint)|
|1978||St Helens Recs||Liverpool|
|1979||Southport and Birkdale||Chester Boughton Hall|
|1981||Liverpool||St Helens Recs|
|1985||Chester Boughton Hall||St Helens Recs|
|1986||Birkenhead Park||Birkenhead Park|
|1990||Bootle||Chester Boughton Hall|
|1994||Chester Boughton Hall||New Brighton and Wallasey (joint)|
|1996||Southport and Birkdale||Oxton|
|1998||New Brighton||Southport and Birkdale|
|year||1st XI Premier Division||1st XI First Division||2nd XI Premier Division||2nd XI First Division|
|year||1st XI ECB Premier League||1st XI First Division||2nd XI Premier Division||2nd XI First Division|
|2000||Wallasey||Sefton Park||Liverpool||Newton le Willows|
|2002||Wallasey||Newton le Willows||Bootle||Colwyn Bay|
|2003||Bootle||Southport and Birkdale||Bootle||Liverpool|
|2006||Bootle||St Helens Recs||Bootle||Highfield|
|2008||Ormskirk||Northop Hall||New Brighton||Formby|
|2009||Bootle||Highfield||Bootle||Orrell Red Triangle|
|year||1st XI ECB Premier League||1st XI First Division||1st XI Second Division||2nd XI Premier Division||2nd XI First Division||2nd XI Second Division|
|2010||Lytham||Leigh||St Helens Recs||Bootle||Maghull||St Helens|
|2012||Lytham||Wallasey||Birkenhead Park||Bootle||Ormskirk||Birkenhead Park|
|2013||Northern||Birkenhead Park||Sefton Park||Bootle||Birkenhead Park||St Helens Town|
|2014||Ormskirk||Formby||Prestatyn||Birkenhead Park||Fleetwood Hesketh||Newton le Willows|
|2015||New Brighton||Colwyn Bay||Burscough||Bootle||Leigh||Spring View|
|2016||Leigh||Ainsdale||Skelmersdale||New Brighton||Lytham||Newton le Willows|