Rainhill maintain impressive start to season

Rainhill picked up a maximum 25 point after a 130 run home victory over Wigan on Saturday and are among the early pacemakers in the premier division of the Love Lane Liverpool Cricket Competition.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:36 am
Newton-le Willows had a convincing seven wicket win at Northop Hall

They lie third in the table, nine points behind leaders Northern with Ormskirk and New Brighton also in the mix.

It was a fine all-round display by the Victoria Terrace club, whose early order batsmen built a solid base for the second week in succession after they took first knock.

Clarke (41) and McGladdery (78) shared a first wicket partnership of 97 before the former was dismissed but Kershaw's arrival at the crease kept the momentum going.

He took took control and helped to accelerate the run-rate with his aggressive and adventurous stroke play, amassing 68 from 76 balls, including two sixes,

It was eventually left to Higham (18) and Kershaw to add 55 more runs in an unbeaten fourth--wicket partnership which took the score to 222-3 declared.

Wigan's response got off to the worst start when opener Richardson edged a delivery into the hands of Higham and apart from a solid knock by Howley (40) the innings crumbled - three wickets tumbling in five deliveries as the visitors were shot out for 92.

Tormentor-in-chief was Harrison who claimed 3-5 and he was well supported by Kelly (3-19) and O'Toole (3-43).

In division one, Rainford bounced back from their previous weekend's 194 run thrashing at Highfield. to earn a home draw against Old Xaverians.

The visitors posted a formidable total of 234, in which North blasted a century and Dotters claimed 6-71, but Rainford responded with 190-7 - Shuttleworth hammering 94 and Potter 51 - and collecting nine points in total.

Newton-le Willows, whose opening game against Colwyn Bay the previous weekend was postponed, had a convincing seven wicket win at Northop Hall in a run feast.

The North Wales outfit batted first and rattled up a total of 184-9 declared (Sarta 4-62 and Walkden 3-34) and then Walkden (80 n.o.) and De Brabander (68) shared a century stand which enabled the Crow Lane East outfit to reach a match-clinching total of 185-3.

No joy for the remaining local club in division one - St Helens Town suffering their second successive defeat and now lie 11th in the 12-strong table.

Town were bowled out for a paltry 64 in 27.3 overs against Southport visitors Fleetwood Hesketh but despite grabbing five wickets in reply victory was way out of their reach.

Second X1 results involving local clubs - premier division: Newton-le-Willows 125 Northern 129-4. First division: Wavertree 221-6 declared Rainford 166. Second division: Sutton 224-1 Prestatyn 126, Norley Hall 209-4 declared St Helens Town 151, Wigan 239-7 declared Rainhill 125.