ST Helens did not enjoy the most productive of weekends, slipping to two away defeats at Orrell Red Triangle and Leigh respectively.

After struggling to 56-7 in the game at Orrell, the Windleshaw Roaders recovered to 188-8 with an excellent unbeaten knock of 82 coming from Adam Friar.

He was well supported by Gary Sheppard, who hit an unbeaten 31.

Orrell passed the target in 41 overs, losing just five wickets.

Friar completed a fine all round display taking 3-42 in 17 overs.

The visit to Leigh in the Second Round of the Chelmere Homes Trophy also ended in failure with St Helens all out for 134, Craig Horabin top scoring with 38 and Adam Friar and Neil Hull weighing in with 24 apiece.

Leigh had no trouble in reply, hitting 137 for the loss of just one wicket.

The 2nd XI had a one wicket win at home to Hightown. They whittled the visitors out for 141 with Dave Lowe taking 4-35, Ian Davies 3-28 and Alan Sheppard 2-52.

St Helens hit 145-9 in reply with Paul Booth knocking 33 and Dave Lowe and Dan Massey hitting 21 apiece.

The seconds defeated Leigh in the second round of the Chester Cup after posting a score of 147, with Ian Greener (37), Jeff Gore (27), Karl Boardman (20) and John Hill (22) putting in solid knocks with the bat.

Leigh were dismissed for 142 with Ian Greener taking 2-17, Ian Davies claiming 2-18 and Luke Booth helping himself to 3-19 on their way to a five run win and setting up a quarter final date in mid July.