Cricket - Rainford clear of danger zone

Rainford's Pravin Tambe in full flight
Rainford's Pravin Tambe in full flight

RAINFORD finally achieved what they have been threatening to do all season, when beating one of the big boys in the Bridging Finance Solutions Liverpool and District Competition Premier Division.

A seven wicket win over former champions Colwyn Bay moves them clear of the relegation zone, although everyone at the Jubilee Recreation Ground knows that more of the same is needed to stay in the top flight.

Colwyn Bay elected to bat and were soon in trouble at 23 for 3 courtesy of some fine attacking bowling.

One hour later they were 78 for 5, with Michael Lambert taking 3 for 36.

Zack Gidlow (44) top scored for the Bay, before Pravin Tambe took full control for Rainford spinning his way to 5 for 71 and bowling Colwyn Bay out for 179.

In the Rainford reply, Mark Brook (19) was going well until caught behind off the bowling of Kiwi Michael Bates when skipper Mark Williams joined Graeme Green.

Green (34) departed with the score on 85 for 2 after being stumped, leaving Williams and Jack Dewhurst (29) to continue the pursuit, adding 74 until Dewhurst was out with the score on 159.

Now in touching distance of the total, Williams (86 not out) led his side to victory, hitting the winning runs with a mighty six.

The second X1 had a titanic encounter across at Parkfield Liscard, where the home side rattled up a sizeable 256 for 4 declared.

Rainford gave it a real good go in reply, before eventually finishing on 232 for 9.

n RAINHILL fall at league leader Magull on a green, damp wicket.

The home side won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat but, despite the condition of the wicket, both openers scored freely.

They put on a 79-run opening partnership, setting up a platform for the middle order. Maghull eventually declared on 216 for 9.

Rainhill’s response got off to a poor start and, at 27 for 3, they were in trouble. Qureshi led the fightback with Ashraf (26) and Edmundson (24) to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

When Qureshi was out on 84, the overs running out and the run rate greater than 8, Rainhill decided to shut up shop to deny Maghull the additional points for a win.

Maghull turned to Snowden, the 2nd team off spinner to try to buy some wickets – which worked.

His high flight teased the Rainhill tail to play shots and going into the last over, Rainhill were 174 for 7.

With a wicket with Snowden’s first ball (caught at slip), an lbw with his second ball and batmen no.11 bowled with his fifth, the three wicket maiden gave Maghull the 20 points. Snowden Finishing with 5 for 31 off 9.5.

n ST Helens Recs first XI finally enjoyed a change of fortunes with a well-earned win.

At home against Alder, skipper Heyes won the toss and decided to have a bat on what looked to be a very good track.

However, Recs lost three early wickets before Stephen Martindale scored a marvellous 43 to put Recs back in control.

Ian Knowles (37) and Mark Jenkins (20) then took up the mantle to help with this fine comeback, with Recs posting 184 all out.

Alder’s reply spluttered, thanks to fine bowling from Mark Jenkins.

Recs thirds were in action local rivals Rainford. The weather was not good and the thirds took their lead from that.

Batting first they were all out for 99 with Dany Embleton top scoring with 28.

Rainford knocked it of with ease, leaving Recs suffering their second defeat of the season.