With a white wicket and fast outfield and on probably the best day of the year for cricket, Rainhill positively elected to bat against Fleetwood Hesketh.
Unfortunately positivity turned in to kamikaze cricket and the rash shot selection from Rainhill led to their downfall.
Rotheram (26) and Harvey (22) were the only good points from the Rainhill innings and they capitulated to 104 all out in 31 overs. (The last 4 wickets falling for just 14 runs.)
Helped by the batsmen, Van Dukyer (4-6 from 6) and Collins (4-37 from 8) got the rewards.
A pinch hitter was sent up the order and it paid off, Watts (41) swung from the hip and when it went in the air, the fielders failed to hold onto it.
The other opener – Summerfield (30) was the only other batsman to get into double figures. He took his time and played a match winning innings.
With six dropped catches and at 70-1, the writing was on the wall. But the visitors are in the relegation zone because of a reason. Their batting is frail.
Wickets fell regularly but they passed the total in 34 overs for the loss of seven wickets. Howells taking 5-38 off 12.
l Rainhill elected to bat and got off to a great start against Fleetwood Hesketh seconds.
Batsmen one, two and three - O’Toole (40), Ryan (23) and Hayes (28) all got starts but failed to make huge scores.
The Rainhill mid and lower order couldn’t continue the run fest and Rainhill were bowled out for 172 in 44 overs.
Drummond (4-50 from 10) and Shukla (3-48 from 16) doing the damage.
Fleetwood lost wickets at regular intervals and couldn’t keep out O’Toole (4-35 from 12) and Vij (3-40 from 9) Allison (32) and Murphy (26) showed some resistance and Fleetwoods’ last pair held on for the draw even though Rainhill tried different permutations to remove them.
Their innings finishing on 143-9.