PARKLANDS are home and dry as Halton Bayer League's Division One champions.

They secured the title with a game to spare, having lost only one game.

Birchfield, also with one match to play, are in second place on 28 points - 10 behind the tabletoppers.

Moorfield Ditton, in third on 26 points, have played a game less.

But favourites to finish runners-up are Horse and Jockey Old Boys.

Although in fourth place, they have a few games in hand and a couple of good wins should see them leapfrog the two teams above them.

Raow (12pts) with three games to play, Bohemians on eight points and Sutton All Stars (six points) are in grave relegation danger.

Division Two's Halton Corporation and Kawneer are joint top on 32 points - although the latter have a game in hand. Rainhill Colts and Echo Taxis share third place on 26 points. Rainhill Select after a good winning run are in fifth position on 20 points.

Maritime and Travellers Rest are in joint sixth on 16 points while poor Parklands Renegades have lost all 12 games so far. They will be hoping for better fortune in their last two matches.

In the Hyde Cup semi-finals, Division One champions Parklands take on Division Two new boys Rain-hill Select in what should be an interesting encounter.

Lt Commander Wilkinson Cup winners Rainhill Colts face Division One's Raow in another intriguing last-four tie.

The final is on Sunday, September 3 at Birchfield S&SC.