Cricket: Rainhill keep their title hopes alive

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Rainhill elected to bat against Ormskirk knowing they would have to chase anything to keep their title aspirations alive.

Unfortunately, Rainhill lost wickets in twos.

After getting off to a steady opening start of 32, this turned into 36 for 2. McGladdery (42) then played aggressively but 67 for 2 turned into 67 for 4 and Rainhill were wobbling.

Barnes (17 overs 3 for 33) and Bohannon (14 overs 3 for 32) put the ball in the right area’s after they had replaced the opening quickies.

Qureshi (20) and Edmundson (37) continued to punish the bad ball but 108 for 4 turned into 112 for 6 and maybe an early finish.

Williams (17no) and the rest of the tail added invaluable runs and Rainhill finished on 183 all out in 63 overs.

After losing an early wicket to Qureshi, Jones (32) was joined by Bohannan (38) and the pair added 54 before Bohannon was caught and bowled by Dale. Lavelle (38) was going well until excellently run out by Williams with a direct hit from mid-on but the game turned with the introduction of Atkinson.

His 4 for 14 from 4 cut short the chase and Ormskirk finished on 161 for 8 in 41 overs. Qureshi finishing with 2 for 50 from 20. Café & Co for sponsored the game.

Meanwhile, Rainhill second’s game against Northop Hall seconds was abandoned with a ball being bowled.

In cup competition, Ray Digman 45o Ko quarter final, Rainhill elected to bat against Caldy and made hay while the sun shone. Ford (87), McGladdery (35) and Kershaw (34) enjoyed the conditions and the friendly bowling attack of the division two side.

Rainhill finished on 244 for 6 from their 45 overs. In response, only Hussain (39no) shown any application and Caldy were bowled out for 113 in 30 overs. Atkinson 4 for 27 and Qureshi 3 for 20 doing the damage.

And in Rainhill seconds Chester Cup 45o Quarter-final against Ainsdale, the Southport-based side Ainsdale amassed 286 for 6 in their 45 overs due mainly by 112 from Thompson, 57 from Barlow and 46 from Bolton. Jones (1 for 28 from 9) being the only Rainhill bowler that didn’t get smacked.

In reply, Rainhill were all out for 107 in 31 overs with the wickets being spread around.