Mick Jones, from Crawley, took another step towards a place in the British team for the World Championships at Edmonton, Canada, next month.

He won the AAA Championship hammer title at Birmingham.

Jones' winning effort of 74.40m in the event, which incorporated the world trials, was below his season's best but four metres further than his nearest rival and fellow international Paul Head of Newham and Essex Beagles.

He has been the top British hammer thrower for three years and should be named in the Edmonton squad today.

Sussex chalked up another winner when Niobe Menendez (Steyning) cruised to an easy victory in the 5,000m walk.

Clocking 23min. 46.30sec, he finished clear of Bromsgrove's Sharon Tonks.

Lucy Webber (Burgess Hill) had her best result at national level when she took the silver medal in the pole vault behind Trafford's Janine Whitlock. Webber repeated her 4.00 clearance in America in April.

Duncan Malins (Haywards Heath) was seventh in the 110m hurdles final in 14.19sec, the fastest he has run this season.

Brighton and Hove, Crawley, Horsham Blue Star and Worthing and District won their Division Two matches in the Southern Women's League.

Leaders Crawley visited Broadbridge Heath and trailed the Horsham Blue Star squad for most of the day.

The Sussex rivals ended level on 205 points.

Although Horsham missed ace hurdles/sprinter/jumper Claire Milborrow, competing in the AAA Championships, they were boosted by the return of the Beale twins, Sarah and Lucy, from America, Lucy Newman and Sarah Tomlins.

Newman won the pole vault with 2.40m.

She also won the B javelin, was second to Crawley's Candie Lintern in the shot and third in the hammer (21.46m).

Rebecca King notched up an impressive sprint double for Crawley ahead of Horsham sprinters Sarah Beale, in the 100m, and Genna Potten, in the 200m.

Worthing won their home match with 206 points, their biggest total of the season, from Colchester.

Despite being two years into the veteran age group, Debbie Woolgar notched victories in the shot and discus events as well as taking second in the javelin and third in the B hammer.

The battle of the day was fought between two Worthing runners in the 1,500m, with Philippa Aukett defeating Sarah Davey, who had won the 3,000m an hour earlier. Philippa's twin sister Lucy completed a win double in the 400m hurdles (67.4sec) and 400m (62.4).

Brighton and Hove beat hosts Woking by 20 points despite all-rounder Nicky Gilding being injury. Claire Smithson won the discus and hammer as the club totalled 192 points.