Sam Addy takes 7 for 7... and then hits a half century!
Bootle 98 (Harry Kilbane 27, Joash Vinu 17; Sam Addy 7-7)
Rainhill 99-2 (Sam Addy 50*, Shreyas Mishra 19; Matty Evans 1-9)
Rainhill beat Bootle by 8 wickets
Scorecard Sam Addy turned in a stunning performance, excelling with both ball and bat, as Rainhill's under 15s beat Bootle by eight wickets. Batting first, Bootle powered away with openers Joash Vinu and Harry Kilbane adding 47 before Addy was introduced into the attack. Addy caught and bowled Kilbane - who had hit 27 from 15 balls - and then bowled Michael Butterworth with his next delivery. Lewis Brown defended the hat-trick ball, but Vinu became Addy's third victim moments later. Matty Evans only lasted two balls, caught by Nathan Lawler, and Bootle had collapsed from 47 for 0 to 54 for 4. Addy was not finished, however. Brown and Lucas Kavanagh tried to rebuild Bootle's innings, with the latter playing some positive shots, but Addy bowled Brown for 3. Jack Ward was in next but was caught and bowled by Addy, also for 3. Addy took his seventh wicket of the evening when he had Joseph Walsh caught without scoring. Addy finished his spell with unbelievable bowling figures of 7 for 7 from four overs (including a maiden). Kavanagh, having put 12 runs on the board, was undone by Nathan Lawler's leg spin. Lillie Murphy picked up the final two wickets - both bowled - as Bootle were all out for 98.
Addy opened Rainhill's innings with Motsim Khan. They added 30 before Khan was bowled by Michael Butterworth. Addy and Shreyas Mishra then came together, but it was Addy who took centre stage, racing to a half-century from just 44 deliveries before retiring on reaching 50. Mishra was out, for 19, when he was caught and bowled by Matty Evans, meaning it was left to the two Olivers - Wallis and Unsworth - to see the team over the finish line. This they did with more than four overs to spare. This was Addy's third half-century for the club and the second against Bootle, a team he clearly enjoys playing!
Speaking of Addy's remarkable all-round performance, club captain Mike Rotheram said: "It's the best ever individual performance by a junior in one match. I can't remember anyone doing anything like that before, certainly not at Rainhill."