RAINFORD began their Love Lane Liverpool Competition Premier League campaign with a tough trip to champions Ormskirk.

John Dotters (3-22) was the pick of the bowlers for Rainford as the hosts posted a score of 173 all out. Only Joshua Procter (44) showed much resistance as the visitors were bowled out for 116 in reply. 

Rainhill played 2022 champions Wallasey who had left arm spinner Sumit Ruikar in form as he took 7-60 to dismiss the visitors for 156 with Northants skipper Luke Procter scoring 51. Procter then took 4-31 and Saeed Ullah (4-36) as Wallasey were left hanging on for the draw at 100-8 at the close. 

In Division One, St Helens Town hosted Liverpool who made 197-5 declared from 55 overs. The target proved too much for Town who were bowled out for 94. 

Sutton's Joe Smith hit 86 in their Division Two clash at Ainsdale as the visitors made 170 all out. Alex Oldfield then took 3-16 but the hosts won by four wickets.