Rainhill put derby rivals Rainford in a spin

Action from the game between Orrell Red Triangle and Newton-le-Willows
Action from the game between Orrell Red Triangle and Newton-le-Willows
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Rainford are not the only ECB Liverpool Competition premier division side to be left in a spin by Akshay Arum Dareker this season.

The left-arm Indian orthodox spinner is currently in a rich vein of form at Rainhill where on Saturday he wrecked their neighbours with a devastating match-winning spell of tight and accurate bowling.

Dareker claimed 5-40 from 20 overs, eight of which were maidens, and it followed returns of 5-68, 7-27 and 6-34 in his three previous games.

David Atkinson (3-15) and Ryan Williams(2-49) gave good support as Rainford toppled to 105 all out from 40.5 overs.

Only Matthew White (34), Andrew Davies (19) and Paul Farrar (19) reached doubles as the innings fell apart with the first five wickets going down for 32.

The target proved a cake-walk for the home side who lost just three wickets in claiming victory.

Opener Tyler McGladdery led the run chase with an unbeaten 57 and supported by David Atkinson (41) helped Rainhill to cement fifth spot in the table on 118 points.

Newton-le-Willows were pipped at the post in their first division clash with Orrell Red Triangle at Crow Lane East.

The hosts, who batted first, scored 174-7 declared from 53 overs with Christopher Chambers (75) and Rameez Akam (51 n.o.) in fine form at the crease but Orrell made light work of the task, reaching their target for the loss of

five wickets from just 29.4 overs.

Rain put paid to any hopes St Helens Town had of picking up maximum points at Hightown St Mary’s in division two. The match was abandoned with the hosts 33-3 from 14 overs - both sides earning five points from a drawn encounter.

Neighbours Sutton managed to dodge the showers and at the same time chalk up a 20 run win over Southport Trinity.The New Street boys batted first and reached 161-8 before bringing their innings to a close after 49.3 overs (Jack York 43, Gary Greener 33, Adam Onion 32, Jonathan Green 17 n.o.),

In reply, Trinity were dismissed for 141 with the wickets being shared by Joseph Noctor (6-38),James Greener (2-44). and Liam Dodd (1-42).

Other results involving 2nd X1s were: Rainford 216-6 dec (Adam Pollitt 66, Ravi Mistry 81, Ben Hemingway 34) Maghull 86 all out (Andrew Harrison 4-27, Hemingway 4-13), Rainhill 151 all out Highfield 146 all out, Leigh 209-6 dec Newton-le-Willows 202-9 (draw - Leigh nine points, Newton-le-Willows eight),

Hightown St Mary’s 107, St Helens Town 111-5, Sutton 150-7 dec Southport Trinity 151-5.

ECB premier division fixtures involving local clubs on Saturday: Leigh v Rainhill, Rainford v Lytham. Division one: Fleetwood Hesketh v Newton-le-Willows. Division two: Spring View v Sutton.

Second X1 games: Newton-le-Willows v Rainford, Rainhill v Leigh, Skelmersdale v St Helens Town, Sutton v Burscough