Rainford travelled to table toppers Colwyn Bay and returned with a hard fought draw to maintain their challenge in this season's Liverpool Competition Division One.

They compiled a sizeable 278 for 8 before declaring with a team batting performance led by 61 from skipper Paul Farrar built on an opening stand of 82 from Matt Bailey (41) and Joe Noctor (42).

Will Threlkeld (39) and Ravi Mistry (47 not out) boosted the total at the end with an impressive display of fast scoring.

Colwyn Bay made steady progress with Adam Campion making 115 until run out by an excellent piece of fielding from Bailey. A fine spell of bowling from Andy Davies (5 for 99) then led them to shut up the shop in the final few overs finishing on 257 for 8.

The 2nd X1 lost by 66 runs to Liverpool and the 3rd X1 recorded an 8 wicket win on Sunday at home to Southport and Birkdale.