Round-up of weekend’s local cricket games

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Both Rainhill and Rainford have made a satisfactory, if not spectacular, start to the ECB Liverpool Competition premier division campaign.

Rainhill lie eighth in the table with 50 points which includes two wins from four games - the same number as their ninth-placed neighbours - who have also collected a half century of points to date.

Not for the first time this season, all-rounder Mohammad Aslam Qureshi was to the fore as the Pakistani played a prominent role in Rainhill’s drawn game against Colwyn Bay at Victoria Terrace on Saturday.

He grabbed all four of the Colwyn Bay wickets as the visitors declared on 225 and then hit an unbeaten 56 in Rainhill’s match-saving total of 160-8.

Rainford had better luck, picking up a maximum 25 points from a three wicket home victory over Birkenhead Park in a run-fest.

Park, who batted first, posted a total 221 all out (Andrew Davies 4-62, Bokang Mosena 3-50,Danny Houghton 2-17, John Dotters 1-39) and in reply the hosts battled their way to 225-7, thanks to valuable knocks of 78 and 48 by Matthew Bailey and Paul Farrar respectively and good support from Saad Khan and Mosena, both 22.

Newton-le-Willows cemented their mid-table spot in the first division following a five wicket success at Northop Hall.

The Flint club, batting first, scored 158-9 declared (Furquan Shafiq 4-47, Danny Barlow 4-74) and Newton knocked off the necessary runs for the loss of five wickets.

Shafiq (72) and Liam Jenkins (37) led the successful run charge.

St Helens Town are going great guns in the second division and notched their fourth successive win, beating title rivals Parkfield Liscard by 70 runs at Pemberton’s Meadow and top of the table by 15 points from Old Xaverians.

Ian Knowles smashed 65 as Town, batting first, amassed a total of 191-8 declared in which other vital contributions came from Gary Williams (38), David Gaskell (33) and James Davies (25).

Parkfield Liscard never looked likely to reach their target and were dismissed for 121 (Joseph Payne 3-15. Phil Murgatroyd 3-38, Davies 2-22, Craig Wood 1-9, and Robert Kenny 1-33.

Neighbours Sutton continue to struggle and currently lie second from the bottom of the table on 23 points following a 35-run setback against Wavertree at New Street.

Wavertree batted first and were dismissed for 120 (Jonathan Green 5-35, Jamie Greener 3-35, Stephen Birkett 1-17).

But the hosts found a far from difficult target out of their reach and toppled to 85 all out (Gary Greener 25, Adam Onion 19, Jack York 14).

First team fixtures involving local clubs on Saturday are - premier division: Birkehead Park v Rainhill, Northern v Rainford.

Division one: Newton-le-Willows v Highfield. Division two: St Helens Town v Sutton.