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Bell inspires Frodsham win

Steve Bell's 5-11 helps Sunday XI to 128 run victory

Rainhill 190-7 (Neil Robinson 50*, Paul Millar 33*, Chris Fennel 2-23)

Frodsham 62 (Daniel Connelly 12, Nick Corless 11; Steve Bell 5-11)

Rainhill beat Frodsham by 128 runs


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Rainhill's Sunday team eased to victory at Frodsham thanks to a half-century from Neil Robinson and an inspired spell of bowling from Steve Bell.


Batting first, Rainhill started well and the opening pair put on 28 before Joel Hockley took Matt Lawler's wicket. A succession of batsmen then played themselves in but were unable to make progress: Tony Wright (pictured) scored a useful 18 and Stuart Brown added 10, but John Doyle, Asif Junaid and Adam Lawler failed to get out of single figures. Wickets fell steadily throughout the afternoon and at one point Rainhill were 111 for 6.


However, opener Neil Robinson proved immovable and made a magnificent half-century before retiring unbeaten. After Steve Bell was out, caught by Daniel Connelly off the bowling of Chris Fennel for 5, Deepak Gupta (30 not out) and Paul Millar (33 not out) were able to take the score from 125 for 7 to an altogether more competitive 190 without further loss.


Frodsham's batsmen had similar difficulties in occupying the crease for any length of time with only two players able to reach a double-figure score. Adam Lawler, Paul Millar, Deepak Gupta and John Doyle all took wickets, but Steve Bell was the star of the show with an impressive 5 for 11 from 7 overs.