Bowlers to the fore in opening day win

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PRESCOT and Odyssey Cricket Club’s opening game of the 2012 season was a visit to Hesketh Bank, in which they gave debuts to Tony Filson, Nirvik Ganapathi and Jonny Hardman.

And Prescot made easy work of it, bowling out Hesketh for 50 in just 16 overs with Lawrence Mason taking 6-20 off eight overs.

After a nervous start, with Prescot struggling at 5-2, Steve Danson and wicketkeeper Shaun Haigh made their way to an easy victory, with Prescot winning by seven wickets.

Prescot second XI lost by 73 runs to Earlestown.

They were hurt by a 148 second-wicket stand between K Allan and M Antwoon, with Allan hitting a powerful 109 and Antwoon a patient and well-constructed 41.

Antwoon then finished with bowling figures of 4-12 from 4.4 overs, while D Edwards took 3-18 from eight overs.

Only Neil Lockwood (36) and Adam De-Gray Birch (26) provided any resistance for Prescot.

n RAINFORD pulled off a narrow BFS Ray Digman cup win against Burscough at the Jubilee Recreation Ground.

Batting first after winning the toss, the home side lost Mark Brook with just 14 on the board, and Derek Morgan, unluckily, with the score on 39.

However, skipper Mark Williams (78) and young opener Matt Bailey (42) worked hard to put on 99 for the third wicket, as Rainford gradually built a competitive total.

Amid the carnage of four run outs, a quick-fire cameo (16 not out) from Ravi Mistry pushed the final total to 193-8.

The Burscough reply followed the pattern of Rainford’s innings, as they lost Lee Berrie and Chris Andrews to leave them 28-2.

The experienced pair of Michael Bimpson (42) and Alan Murray (44) then set about rebuilding the innings, and the score reached 95 before Murray was clean bowled by Andy Davies.

Leg spinner Matt Bailey was promptly introduced at the other end, and the spin duo turned the game in Rainford’s favour.

Davies also clean bowled Bimpson on the way to outstanding figures of 4-19, while Bailey bagged the prize wicket of Adam Waterhouse.

Rob Glaysher (22) gave Burscough some hope until he was removed by all-rounder Mistry, and the visitors fell short by 25 runs on 168.

In the reverse Chester Cup fixture at Burscough, Rainford second XI lost by 40 runs.

n NEWTON-le-Willows first home game of the 2012 season resulted in their under-strength side losing by three wickets against Sefton Park.

Sefton put Newton in, and it was a decision soon vindicated as Newton very quickly found themselves reeling at 14-4.

Danny Barlow, who top scored with an excellent 57, and David Evans, with 25, rescued the innings, as Newton were finally dismissed for 126.

In reply, Sefton batted sensibly and reached their target for the loss of seven wickets and with 15 overs remaining.

Sam Stanier continued his good start to the season taking 3-35.

Worryingly for Newton, their bowlers conceded no less that 28 wides in an unacceptable total of 47 extras.

Newton’s second XI travelled to Sefton for their cup game and lost heavily by eight wickets.