Kamikaze cricket costs Rainhill

Kamikaze cricket costs Rainhill

Kamikaze cricket costs Rainhill

First published in Sport

RASH shot decision and dropped catches led to Rainhill’s downfall against Fleetwood Hesketh.

With a white wicket and fast outfield on probably the best day of the year for cricket, Rainhill positively elected to bat.

Unfortunately positivity turned into kamikaze cricket, with Rotheram (26) and Harvey (22) the only good points from the Rainhill innings and they capitulated to 104 all out in 31 overs.

The last four wickets fell for just 14 runs.

Helped by the batsmen, Van Dukyer (4 for 6 from 6) and Collins (4 for 37 from 8) got the rewards.

A pinch hitter was sent up the order and it paid off as Watts (41) swung from the hip and when it went in the air, the fielders failed to hold onto it.

The other opener, Summerfield (30) was the only other batsman to get into double figures.

He took his time and played a match-winning innings.

With six dropped catches and at 70 for 1 the writing was on the wall.

But the visitors are in the relegation zone because of a reason, their batting is frail.

Wickets fell regularly but they passed the total in 34 overs for the loss of seven wickets, Howells taking 5 for 38 off 12.

Meanwhile, Rainhill’s second XI elected to bat at Fleetwood Hesketh and got off to a great start.

O’Toole (40), Ryan (23) and Hayes (28) all got starts but failed to make huge scores.

The Rainhill mid and lower order could not continue the run fest and Rainhill were bowled out for 172 in 44 overs.

Drummond (4 for 50 from 10) and Shukla (3 for 48 from 16) did the damage.

Fleetwood lost wickets at regular intervals and could not keep out O’Toole (4 for 35 from 12) and Vij (3 for 40 from 9).

Allison (32) and Murphy (26) showed some resistance and Fleetwoods’ last pair held on for the draw even though Rainhill tried different permutations to remove them.

Their innings finishing on 143 for 9.

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