Rainhill 1st vs New Brighton 1st .

Rainhill inserted New Brighton and although the wicket was in excellent condition, the top three were removed cheaply by Qureshi.

At 19 for 3 it was evident that Qureshi’s relentless line and length was going to cause problems. Lancashire batsman Procter was joined by Sri Lankan Fernando and they set about repairing the initial damage.

The professional pair put on 40 before Procter was caught in the deep.

When Fernando fell soon after for 12 it was left to Clarke (30) and Hale (27) to shepherd the tail. New Brighton declared on 168 for 9 in 55 overs.

Qureshi returning figures of 7 for 55 from 28.

Kennedy, the Rainhill opener, set about the chase in an aggressive manner.

This was paying off until at 74 for 2, Rainhill had a mini collapse which took the home team to 75 for 5. When Kennedy was run out on 62 Rainhill still needed 60 runs with only 4 wickets intact.

Edmundson batted positively for his 33 but when he was stumped the chase petered out and Rainhill were bowled out for 138 with 8 unused overs.

Nawab like Qureshi bowled unchanged and his 6 for 54 came from 25 overs.

Wigan 2nd vs Rainhill 2nd.

Rainhill positively elected to bat and most batsmen had success. Brimelow (64) and Higham (60) steered the ball to all parts of the ground which allowed Rainhill to declare on 221 for 5 in 47 overs.

Hull and Wright getting two wickets apiece.

Like Rainhill, most Wigan batsmen found the wicket and conditions favourable to batting. Wood (45) and Shorrocks (63) led the way against Vij (3 for 60 from 10) and Atkinson (4 for 68 from 16). Wickets fell at regular intervals and Wigan finished on 211 for 8 from 43.

Orrel Red Triangle 3rd vs Rainhill 3rd.

Rainhill were inserted and apart from Banergee (35), Brown (29) and Appleton (18) no one got into double figures.

Crumpton (3 for 3) and Moore (2 for 22 from 9) led the wicket takers and Rainhill were dismissed for 127 in 43 overs.

Doherty (39no) and Berry (33) led the successful chase and Orrel passed the target in 31 overs for the loss of only four wickets.

James Smith being the pick of the Rainhill bowlers with 2 for 32 off 7.