Spicy performance push Rainhill to fifth

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Rainhill Spice Inn first team climbed to fifth in the Med Imaging Liverpool Competition Premier league after beating Leigh by three wickets, thanks to the bowling of Qureshi and the batting of Khan.

Leigh decided to use a damp green wicket even though there was a “white shirt fronter” available for use, hoping to curtail the spin of Qureshi. This backfired after they elected to bat as Qureshi’s first 27 overs went for only for 22 runs.

A last over slog reduced his figures to 6 for 38 from 28 over’s with 15 maidens. Tasmanian pro Kingston rode his luck and ended on 80 not out and Leigh declared on 161 for 9 off 55 overs.

Rainhill’s response started poorly and at 2 for 2 Leigh were looking for a quick kill. Kingstons 3 for 42 from 11 and McKiernan’s 3 for 39 from 15 reduced Rainhill to 96 for 6 but a squash buckling 89no from Khan took Rainhill past the home total with 3 wickets and 15 over’s to spare.

Lytham inserted Rainhill seconds and used the early damp conditions to reduce the home team to 150 all out from 38 overs. Roberts (77) and McKeown (36) were the only Rainhill batsmen to get into double figures against the accuracy of Long (5 for 39 from 10) and Yates (3 from 35 from 11). Despite the bowling of Atkinson (4 for 53 from 16) and Bullock (3 for 25 from 7), Lytham passed the home total in 36 over’s for the loss of 8 wickets. Catmell (55no) and Long (34) steered the visitors to a comfortable win.

Rainhill thirds elected to bowl and were deposited to all parts of the ground. Lytham declared on 228 for 7 in 41 overs.

Yates (55), Ashton (46) and Hill (31) enjoying the favourable batting conditions. Smith being the most successful Rainhill bowler taking 3 for 62 in 14.

Apart from Leadbetter (43no) and Valentine (26) Rainhill’s response was poor and they finished on 136 all out in 34 overs. Hill being the destroyer – taking 7 for 42 from 11 overs.