Tyler McGladdery smashed an impressive century to lay the platform for Rainhill’s 52-run victory over Highfield in the ECB Liverpool Cricket Competition premier division at Victoria Place on Saturday.
The opening batsman plundered 114, which included five fours and five sixes, and shared a first wicket stand of 89 with Phil Veacock, who contributed a priceless 43 as the hosts, taking first knock, scored 229-6 declared from 50.1 overs.
In reply, the Wigan outfit were dismissed for 177 from 50 overs with Akshay Arun Darekar (5-55), Ryan Williams (3-49) and Liam O’Toole (1-24) doing the damage.
It was sixth-placed Rainhill’s fifth win of the campaign and with nine matches remaining they seem close to ensuring their top flight status for another year.
Rainford, who are in ninth spot and still not out of the relegation woods, also had a much-needed win over Bootle at Wadham Road.
The Liverpudlians, batting first, were slow out of the blocks and in an innings which drew to a close on 166-9 from 59 overs only opener Will Hale’s unbeaten half-century carried any substance.
But this was due in no small measure to the accuracy of Rainford’s bowling attack in which Andrew Davies (5-43), John Dotters (2-74) and David Snellgrove (1-8) kept a tight rein on proceedings.
Dotters (44n.o) and Snellgrove (45) also contributed with the bat alongside Paul Farrar (34) which enabled the visitors to reach a match-winning total of 169-8 from 43.3 overs.
In the first division, Newton-le-Willows cruised to a five wicket win at Prestatyn - picking up crucial points following a far from successful run in recent weeks as they bid to escape from the relegation trap door.
The Welshmen, batting first, scored 189 all out from 55 overs in which Dominic Chambers (3-27), Mark Warburton (2-32), Rameez Alam (2-38) and Thomas Gunshom (2-26) claimed the wickets.
Newton replied in a positive manner and thanks to contributions from Ben Walkden (59), Alam (46) and Marc De Brabander (30 n.o.) they emerged with the points.
Sutton lost a little ground in their bid to earn promotion from the second division, picking up only nine points from a draw against Maghull at New Street, leaving them 24 points adrift of joint leaders Caldy and Northop Hall.
The title-chasing hosts, batting first, posted a total of 223-5 dec from 55 overs with Joseph Noctor (69), Jack York (53), Gary Greener (26 n.o.) and Joe Smith (22, retired hurt) prominent at the crease but the visitors staved off defeat, finishing on 181-8. (Liam Dodd 3-56, Jamie Greener 2-46, Rajiv Sing 2-13, Noctor 1-8).
Despite an unbeaten half-century from Adam Taylor, neighbours St Helens Town were well beaten at Old Xaverians.
Set a target of 197 to clinch victory they were dismissed for `149.
Other results involving local second teams: Rainford 64 Colwyn Bay 68-0, Sutton 141 all out Caldy 142-7, St Helens Town 212 Parkfield Liscard 78.
ECB premier division fixtures for Saturday include: Rainford v New Brighton, Rainhill v Lytham. Division one: Newton v Sefton Park. Divisions two: Hightown St Mary’s v Sutton, St Helens Town v Parkfield Liscard.
Fixtures involving local second teams: Liverpool v Rainford, Northop Hall v Rainhill, Sutton v Fleetwood Hesketh, Southport Trinity v St HelensTown.