AN extraordinary batting performance from Rainhill saw them narrowly win a run-fest against Wigan at Victoria Terrace in the Liverpool Competition's Premier League.

Tyler McGladdery hit 151 and Sam Kershaw 101 in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 201 for the hosts as they declared on a daunting 308/1. Consistent scoring kept Wigan up with rate and Rainhill were indebted to Kershaw who took 6-77 as they fell just nine runs short.

Newton-le-Willows suffered a difficult day at leaders Wallasey after the hosts racked up 244-6 before the visitors were bowled out for 153 with only Rizwan Haider (63) showing much resistance. 

In Division One Rainford are fourth in the table after losing by 87 runs at home to Lytham who were bowled out for 224 with John Dotters (3-66) the pick of the bowlers. Rainford could only reach 124 in reply.

Sutton are fifth in Division Two after beating bottom of the table Parkfield Liscard. James York top scored with 48 as Sutton posted 205-9 before Alex Oldfield (5-22) and Joe Smith (4-65) secured a 76 run victory.

Fourth place St Helens Town thrashed Alder after Patrick Whipps hit 77 out of a total of 165 all out. Sharan Rajendren then took 5-28 and Craig Black 3-21 as the visitors were skittled for 53.

In the Southport and District Amateur Premier League Whitefield chose to bat against Prescott and Odyssey but Cris Toms (3-15) and Paul Dagnell (3-12) ensured they were dismissed for 91. A nervy chase saw the hosts knock the runs off for the loss of eight wickets.

Haydock are bottom after a heavy defeat at Mossley Hill which saw them bowled out 142 with the hosts knocking off the runs easily for an eight wicket win.