Poor batting costs dear

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On a glorious day for cricket, the Rainhill Spice Inn wicket was in excellent condition, white, hard and true.

Wallasey, as expected when winning the toss elected to bat and enjoyed the conditions.

After a couple of early wickets by Veacock (7 overs 2 for 19), Wallasey knuckled down and used the rapid outfield wisely.

Eagles (61), Beaver (36) and Cross (34) allowed Wallasey to declare on 207 for 6 in 55overs. Quereshi took 3 for 78 off 27 overs.

Rainhill’s response was poor. The tone was set when the first two wickets fell for only 3 runs. Only Quereshi (28) and Higham (22) got into double figures.

Slow bowlers - Cross and Lakmal ripped the heart out of the Rainhill batting, Cross with 4 for 10 from 8 overs and Lakmal 3 for 11 from 6. Rainhill were all out for 82 in 28 overs.

Rainhill seconds played a local debry against St Helens Town. St Helens inserted Rainhill in this local derby and got their reward for putting the ball in the right areas.

Gaskil (4 for 45 from 10), Gregson (2 for 29 off 12) and Moscrop (3 for 37 off 7) pinned down the Rainhill batsmen who could only muster 161 all out off 39 overs.

Harvey (41) and O’Toole (29) being the best for Rainhill. Gregson then went on to score 94 and with the help of Critchley (44) St. Helens put on 121 for the first wicket.

This allowed St Helens to pass the target in 32 overs for the loss of five wickets. O’Toole taking 4 for 19 off seven.

Rainhill elected to bat but their top order couldn’t deal with Burt (3 for 22 off 8).

Only Smith (42) and Saha (38) got into double figures and with 7 batsmen not scoring, Rainhill were all out for 101 in 30 overs. Aitchison (3 for 21) and Powell (2 for 3) mopped up the tail.

Even though Smith (4 for 17 from 11) bowled excellently, Formby passed the total in 22 overs, losing just six wickets in the process. Robbins top scorred with 45.