NEWTON took on Rainhill at the weekend, putting the visitors, in a bowler-friendly, damp Crow Lane East wicket.
That decision was justified by the inability of the Rainhill batsmen to adapt to the low bounce and seam movement.
M Walden put the ball in the right areas and got his reward. His five for 26 coming from 17 overs. He was supported by Stainer (nine overs, three for 25) and Humphreys (two for 16 from seven).
Brown (27) showed patience on the wicket and Rainhill were all out for 105 in 47 overs.
Both Newton’s openers got into double figures. But a few quick wickets put Newton on the back foot, and at 43 for five it was anyone’s game.
Qureshi went for less than one an over, his five for 23 coming from 32 overs.
Newton had a partnership – M Walkden getting 20 and Scott 15 – and with the score at 75 for five, Newton were again favourites.
Even at 93 for six Rainhill never gave up.
The introduction of Atkinson (three for eight from six) and Lyden (one for four) coupled with some rash shot selection meant Newton collapsed to 101 all out.
RAINHILL seconds faced Rainford seconds an entertaining encounter.
Rainford batted tentatively. Apart from Derbyshire (19), none of the other Rainford top order could cope with Morris (five for 34 off 19) and Storey (10 overs three for 24).
Anders (28) and Tabern (18) attacked, but the Rainford innings fizzled out in 38 overs with the score 108.
None of the Rainford bowlers took more than a wicket, and with McKeown (34), Dooling 31no and Yate 21no it meant Rainhill passed the target in 38 overs for the loss of five wickets.