RAINHILL'S early season slump continued as they lost their fourth consecutive game in the Love Lane Liverpool Competition's Premier Division. 

Hopes were high after Imliwati Lemtur's six for 59 helped restrict hosts Ormskirk to 181 all out, but the target proved too much for Rainhill who were dismissed for 144 despite 47 from Tyler McGladdery.

Newton le Willows shared the spoils with New Brighton after a run-fest at The Lane. Jack Morley finished with a hard-earned four for 59 off 20 overs as the visitors declared on 237 for six before the home side were indebted to a brilliant knock of 90 not out by Subhaan Mahmood as they closed on 191 for three. 

Rainford are enjoying life in Division One and sit second in the table after a fourth win a row. A strange looking scorecard saw the home side recover from four for three against Colwyn Bay to compile 239 for nine thanks to a record unbeaten partnership of 110 for the tenth wicket between Liam Gaskell (84no) and William Curran (12no). In reply, the Welshmen were bowled out for 184 thanks to John Dotters, who claimed five for 43, and Andrew Davies (4-46). 

In Division Two, Sutton picked up a second win of the season at Wavertree with Joe Smith (4-17) and Jamie Greener (3-30) combining to dismiss the hosts for 153. Smith completed a brilliant performace by top scoring with 48 as his side claimed a five wicket win.

It was a miserable afternoon for St Helens Town despite at one stage reducing Old Xaverians to 0 for two. The visitors recovered somewhat to post 96 all out with Sharan Rajendran (5-21) and Callum Hewitt (3-29) doing the damge but Town were then dismissed for just 42.

In the Southport and District League, Prescot and Odyssey reached 208 for three against Halsall West End off their 45 overs thanks to a brilliant opening stand of 136 by Ken Highdale (93) and Harry Rigby (51). Cris George Toms' four for six was the pick of the figures as the hosts won by a massive 124 runs.

Harry Cross (40) top scored for Haydock as they were bowled out for 107 at Cheshire Lines who reached the target for the loss of four wickets.