Motsim Khan and Sam Addy steer u15 to 105 run victory
Rainhill 142-3 (Sam Addy 52*, Motsim Khan 50*; Joash Vinu 2-27) Bootle 37 (Harry Kilbane 15; Stevie Pennington 4-3) Rainhill (3 pts) beat Bootle (0 pts) by 105 runs Scorecard
Rainhill's under-15s moved up to second in the U15s (South) Competition after a comprehensive win at Bootle.
Put into bat by the home side, Rainhill opener Motsim Khan continued where he left off on Sunday (when he hit 43 for the 4th team) with a fantastic knock to reach his first half-centiry for the club. He was supported in an opening stand of over 100 by Sam Addy, who hit an unbeaten half-century of his own. Khan's 50 came from just 42 balls and included 7 fours; Addy's came from 52 with 6 fours. It was an impressive performance from two promising young batsmen. Both retired on reaching 50 as per the rules of junior cricket.
With Khan and Addy having built a solid platform, Rainhill's Gianni Albanese (13 not out) helped his team to a compeitive total of 142 for 3 from 20 overs.
Bootle tried to make a game of it but they wuffered a major blow when key batsman Joash Vinu was bowled by Stevie Pennington with just the second ball of the innings. Pennington took three further wickets (all bowled) as he ripped through Bootle's top order and finished with figures of 4-3 from his three overs. Harry Kilbane was alone in providing some resistance and reached 15 before he was run out. No-one else scored more than 3, testament to Rainhill's incredible performance in the field. Sam Addy, not content with his batting heroics, turned in a solid performance with the ball too, taking 4 for 10. Nathan Lawler also picked up a wicket as Bootle were all out for 37.
Congratulations to the team and especially Sam and Motsim, who we will surely be hearing a lot more about in the near future.