FIRST DI­VI­SION

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

RAINFORD’S de­ter­mi­na­tion to put last year’s rel­e­ga­tion woes far be­hind them was in ev­i­dence again on Satur­day when Joe Noc­tor’s un­beaten cen­tury set up their 172-run de­mo­li­tion of Prestatyn.

Noc­tor’s 101 not out and Paul Farrar’s 85 helped the home side post 259-2 de­clared in 50.5 overs, af­ter which the job of seal­ing vic­tory was passed over to the spin­ners, Andy Davies and John Dot­ters, both of whom took four wick­ets as the Welsh vis­i­tors were dis­missed for 87 in 39.2 overs.

How­ever, Rainford still trail First Di­vi­sion pace­set­ters High­field by 14 points af­ter the lead­ers de­feated Skelmers­dale by six wick­ets at Billinge Road.

The game was a tri­umph for left-arm spin­ner Mad­duma Lak­mal, who took 8-41 in Skem’s 166 all out, Mar­tyn Bri­er­ley mak­ing 41. Michael Gaskell’s 91 not out en­sured that to­tal was passed very com­fort­ably in 25.2 overs.

At the other end of the ta­ble Burscough did them­selves a power of good with a very rapid an­ni­hi­la­tion of the bot­tom-placed side Hightown St Mary’s.

Chris An­drews’ 4-11 and Rob Glaysher’s 4-22 played the lead­ing roles in skit­tling Hightown St Ms for 44, a to­tal which Burscough knocked off in just 10 overs.

Sefton Park are now in the top half of the ta­ble af­ter their three-wicket de­feat of New­ton-leWil­lows at Crow Lane East. Daniel Kelly’s 4-37 did the early dam­age and Rob Houghton’s 4-31 com­pleted the job of bowl­ing out the home side for 110 in 38 overs, Muham­mad Iqbal mak­ing 46 not out.

David Hort seemed to put Sefton Park on the way to vic­tory but Hort was sev­enth out for 33 with 25 still needed and Matt Parkin­son’s 4-19 made it tough go­ing for the vis­i­tors on their way to a win which was only clinched in the 43rd over.

Naeem Is­lam made a fine 117 in Birken­head Park’s 237-9 de­clared at Fleet­wood Hes­keth but the home side re­ceived only 39 overs in re­turn and were 131-5 in re­ply, Lee Bolton mak­ing a pa­tient 68 not out.

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