Valliant Rainhill take on champions

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Rainhill Spice’s first team entertained Ormskirk on the last day of the 2014 season.

Although Ormskirk were already crowned premier division champions, they still fielded a strong team that were keen to finish the season with a win.

Ormskirk inserted Rainhill and at 5 for 2 were pushing for a quick finish. Qureshi (25) joined Veacock (35) and they yielded a 55 run partnership.

Ormskirk soon realised that there was nothing in the wicket for the quickies and reverted to left arm spin from both ends.

Howells (22) and then Brown (32no) were confident with their game plan but the other Rainhill batsmen failed and they were all out for 156 in 55 overs.

Farrell (4 for 41 from 23) and Currency (4 for 61 from 21) capitalised on the rash shot selection.

Ormskirks reply was aggressive even though they were losing wickets regularly.

Robinson (45), Glazyer (34) and Knight (30) attacked everything and showed why they had won the league.

Rainhill battled on through Qureshi (17 overs 1 for 35) but Ormskirk passed the total for 6 in 38 overs.

Meanwhile, Rainhill seconds were inserted and enjoyed the quick outfield and wayward bowling.

Atkinson (128 off 98 balls) and Edmundson (78 off 50 balls) played as if it were a 20 over game.

This allowed Rainhill to declare on 236 for 4 in 30 overs (Shiel taking 3 for 34 from 4 overs).

The Rainhill pair knew it was “their day” when then polished off the Highfield batsmen.

Atkinson with 4 for 31 and Edmundson 3 for 25 meant the home team innings ended on 158 in 44 overs.