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Day to forget for Rainhill

2nd XI slump to 61 all out in pursuit of 122

Rainford 121 (Ravi Mistry 46, mark Brook 20; Sam WIlliamson 3-26, Joe Harvey 3-26)

Rainhill 61 (Joe Harvey 14, Paul Millar 12; Andrew Harrison 6-10)

Rainford (22pts) beat Rainhill (5 pts) by 60 runs


Rainhill's 2nd team suffered a heavy defeat at Rainford - in spite of a superb performance in the field.

Rainford won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Mark Brook looked in fine form but Rainhill were able to make the breakthrough when Paul Millar held a catch off the bowling of Sam Williamson, sending Brook back to the pavilion after adding 20. A further wicket followed when Joe Harvey struck to remove Luke Evans for 4, leaving the home side on 30 for 2.

Ravi Mistry and Daniel Harrison put on 30 for the third wicket and were beginning to frustrate Rainhill's bowlers when a delivery from David Pennington clattered into Harrison's stumps and he was out for 13. Rainford then suffered a mini-collapse as Pennington also took the wickets of Andrew Pollitt and Ben Evans. Mistry proved resilient and took his score to 46 before he was caught and bowled by Harvey. No-one else got into double figures and Rainford were all out for 121 from 27.1 overs..

Rainhill's bowlers should be pleased with their efforts, not least as a trio took three wickets apiece: Joe Harvey, Sam Williamson and David Pennington.

Chasing 122 for victory, Rainhill would probably have been confident of victory but, aside from Mark Viggars (12), Paul Millar (12) and JoeHarvey (14) no-one was able to post more than 6 runs and wickets fell frequently. No Rainhill player was able to play the kind of innings Mistry had done for Rainford and the visitors were all out for 61. Andrew Harrison finished with barely believable figures of 6 for 10 from his ten overs as Rainhill slumped to a 60-run defeat.

Umpires: David Fenney, John Veacock

Scorers: Olivia Spencer, David Crossley

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