Weekend’s local cricket round-up

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Bad weather may have resulted in several matches being abandoned or disrupted in Saturday’s Liverpool Cricket Competition programme but both Rainhill and Rainford were able to dodge the showers at premier division level - only to enjoy mixed fortunes.

Rainhill were the victors at the weekend, earning a nail-biting four run triumph at fellow strugglers Wallasey.

The visitors, who batted first, posted a total of 116 all out with Samuel Kershaw (36) and Mike Rotheram (27) making positive contributions.

Initially, Rainhill would have been disappointed by their score, losing the final five wickets for only 14 runs, but in reply the hosts fared no better and were dismissed for 112.

Mohammed Aslam Qureshi did most of the damage, claiming 6-40 off 22 overs, 11 of which were maidens. He was well supported by Ryan Williams (2-58) and Anthony Wilding (2-9).

Rainford produced a battling performance against high-flying Bootle at Wadham Road before toppling to a 19 run defeat.

The home side batted first and looked in dire straits at 11-5 but the tail wagged and they eventually reached 197 from 52.1 overs, thanks to a valuable knock of 78 from Neil Williams and support from Jackson Knight (42) and Chris Liptrot (24).

Daniel Houghton (4-35) and Andy Davies (3-21) were the pick of the Rainford bowlers.

John Dotter hit a sparkling 80 as the visitors chased their target but despite other useful contributions from Bokang Mosena (25), Sad Khan (24) and Paul Farrar (22) they were dismissed for 178 off 49.4 overs.

No play was possibly in the only local first division clash involving Newton-le-Willows and Prestatyn.

Rain also wrecked all hopes of St Helens Town achieving a positive result in their second division fixture against fellow title aspirants Liverpool at Ruskin Drive - the match ending after just 4.4 overs with the visitors 10-0.

The disappointment at such an outcome deepened later in the evening when news came through that leaders Skelmersdale had not only beaten the rain but had defeated arch-rivals Old Xaverians by one wicket.

Like their neighbours, Sutton’s match against Southport Trinity at New Street suffered a similar fate - but didn’t even get started.

Clubs will be hoping for better weather this coming Saturday with one of the tgp fixtures in the premier division a derby showdown between Rainhill and Rainford at Victoria Terrace.

In the first division, Newton-le-Willows are away to Maghull while in the second division St Helens Town visit second-in-the-table Old Xaverians and basement boys Sutton travel to Alder.