Rainhill triumph over Northern by 33 runs.
Rainhill 111-7 (Oliver Wallis 26, Oliver Unsworth 14; Adam Lenehan 1-4)
Northern 78 (Thomas Gee 11, Freddie Noon 7; Aakash Muraleethuran 2-3)
Rainhill (3 pts) beat Northern (0 pts) by 33 runs
Having overwhelmed Sefton Park's u13 team on Sunday morning, Rainhill’s u13 team then put in another strong performance to claim victory over Northern u13 Blue team on Monday evening to move into second place in the league.
Strong batting performances and intelligent calling and running between the wickets meant that Rainhill amassed a total of 111 runs in the 20 overs, uncannily the exact same score they had achieved the morning before against Sefton Park. And who said cricket was a superstitious sport?
Oliver Wallis top-scored with 26 and was ably supported by Ollie Unsworth (14), Harry Ball (13 not out) and Stevie Pennington (12). Aakash Muraleethuran contributed 11 while Freddie Foulkes and McKenzie Henderson were also in the runs as Rainhill set an ambitious target for an admittedly young u13 team from Great Crosby.
Northern’s first over saw them lose their first wicket with a sharp pick up and throw from Leo Brougham helping keeper Ollie Unsworth run out opener George Long. Unfortunately for Northern they could not build enough confidence or runs before more wickets began to tumble.
Thomas Gee was the pick of their batting managing 11 before being bowled by Aakash while Stevie, Harry, Oliver Wallis, Freddie Foulkes, Kieran Rose and McKenzie all took wickets to restrict Northern’s score and ultimately smother them for the win. By the time Finley Stiff was bowled by Freddie Foulkes in the 16th over Northern were all spent for 78.
Rainhill can look confidently towards the match with league leaders, Liverpool Red team, rather than worryingly over their shoulders at the chasing pack and I’m sure they are relishing testing their mettle against the big-hitters from Aigburth. We don’t yet know when it is scheduled for but it is surely not one to miss.
S Pennington (C)
O Unsworth (WK)
Thanks to Craig Brougham for the match report.