IT all happened at Birkenhead Park on Saturday but the most-important thing was a Widnes victory.

It consolidated their fourth place in CD Bramall Trucks Cheshire County League.

Widnes, having had their Wirral hosts at 12-5, were remarkably left to chase 194 for victory.

The first innings of an eventful game had also seen Widnes' Luke McCoy - a recent signing from Grappenhall and son of ex-Widnes keeper Tony McCoy - standing in behind the stumps for delayed captain Ian Spencer and Park's Shahid Mahmood plundering five fours and a six off one over.

The 26 runs were taken off Sean Moore, who had earlier combined with the emergency keeper to demolish Birkenhead's top order.

Cooper was caught behind off the final ball of Moore's second over..

Moore followed this with a maiden, then a double-wicket maiden and further wicket maiden - McCoy taking his catches to three and later four.

After five overs, Moore had taken four wickets for one run.

Stenhouse was snapped by James McCoy - Luke's brother - at short leg.

Mahmood was run out at 77-7, having reached a fine half century.

But 15-year-old Mike Langford (51) and Martin Shaw (36no) added 81 for the eighth wicket and the last pair put on another 30.

In reply, Danny Naughton soon fell for six but Moore and Steve Titchard took the score onto 51 before both fell in quick succession - swiftly followed by Luke McCoy.

From 65-4, Spencer (45) and the injured James McCoy (45no) took the total onto 118.

When Spencer fell, Mukherjee and McCoy swung the game back towards Widnes. But Mukherjee departed for 25 and Aussie all-rounder Cameron Park without scoring.

The contest was back in the balance. But with three quick boundaries, Andrew Woods (20no) took the scores level before hitting the second ball of the last over for six.