Rainhill are safe for another season

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Rainhill Spice Inn first team beat fifth placed Wallasey and in doing so, guaranteed their premiership survival for next season.

Wallasey elected to bat and having lost a wicket to the first ball of the game cautiously tried to rebuild their innings.

An excellent spell of controlled swing bowling by Veacock (2 for 60 from 16) complimented the accuracy from Qureshi and they had Wallasey on the ropes at 34 for 4 but then Cross was joined by D. Beaver (23) and the pair put on a partnership of 74 before Cross was bowled for 47.

Wallasey carried on batting after tea and Lecky batting at 9 added 30 before Qureshi (6 for 63 from 32 overs) closed their innings on 179 in 64 overs.

With 180 to win, Rainhill set about the task aggressively. Openers Veacock (31) and Whiston (19) set the tone which was followed by Smith (21).

Howells undefeated 56 from 68 balls and Ford 31 from 23 balls sealed the victory with 17 overs to spare. Rainhill got to their target of 180 in 41 overs losing 5 wickets in the process. Cross took 4 for 80 off 17 overs.

Meanwhile, St Helens seconds positively elected to bat on the Rainhill “shirt fronter” which was justified with their start.

At 101 for 1 a big score looked likely Critchley (18), Lyon (45) and Toole (37) all enjoyed the conditions and got starts but failed to go on to make a match winning score.

Dale (3 for 35 from 8) and Atkinson (4 for 49 from 18) restricted the runs and St Helens were all out for 144 all out in 46 overs. The Rainhill response was positive.

They smacked the bad ball and Atkinson 86no from 77 balls and Ryan 22 from 20 balls ensured a Rainhill victory in 26 overs losing only three wickets in the process.