Rainford moved into fourth spot in the ECB Liverpool Competition premier division after a convincing five wicket win at Northern on Saturday.
It was their third win in five outings and takes them on to 73 points - 14 adrift of leaders Ormskirk.
Northern, who batted first, posted a challenging total of 202-6 declared with opener Steve Lucas blasting an unbeaten 103.
John Dotters (4-82), Bokang Mosena (1-23) and Chris Connolly (1-14) did the damage with the ball before steady and reliable batting from Matthew Bailey (25), Sadd Khan (36), Mosena (27) Dotters (48), Paul Farrar (48 no) and Ravi Mistry (18 no) turned the tide Rainford’s way.
Neighbours Rainhill, on ther other hand, were on the ending of a surprise 32 run defeat at struggling Birkenhead Park
In a low scoring game, the hosts batted first and reached a total of 133 all out (Mohammad Aslam Qureshi 5-51, Ryan Williams 3-56) but in reply the visitors flopped badly, being dismissed for a paltry 101.
Only Sam Kershaw (41) showed any kind of stubborn resistance with the ball as Rainhill dropped to ninth place in the league ladder.
Newton-le-Willows were unable to overcome a defiant Highfield in a first division encounter at Crow Lane East, the match ending in a tame draw.
Batting first, Newton scored 161 all out (Danny Barlow 33, Mike Walkden 32, Ian Walkden 27, Chris Chambers 19) and in reply the Wigan side had reached 88-5 when stumps were drawn.
Barlow (3-29) and Furquan Shafiqu (2-31) were the wicket-takers,
The eagerly-awaited derby game in division two beween neighbours St Helens Town and Sutton was abandoned due to the inclement weather.
Both sides were keen to play but the final decision rested with the umpires.
Despite only getting five points from a postponed fixture, Town still lead the table with 102 points from their five games - six ahead of Skelmersdale.
It’s a different story for Sutton who now languished at the basement of the table on 28 points.
League fixtures for Saturday involving local senior clubs are - ECP premier division: Rainford v Formby, Rainhill v Leigh.
First division: Sefton Park v Newton-le-Willows. Second division: Alder v St Helens Town, Sutton v Skelmersdale.