Still no win for Firth men

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LIVER­POOL Gin Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion: ECB Pre­mier League: Rain­hill (24pts), 201, beat SOUTH­PORT and Birk­dale (8pts), 170, by 31 runs CHRIS Firth and his play­ers are tired of be­ing in­formed that they are get­ting close to their first league win of the sea­son. They know that them­selves and matches like that at Rain­hill merely re­in­force the point with­out mak­ing it any more palat­able.

Get­ting close, as they did when they fell 32 runs short of suc­cess at Vic­to­ria Ter­race, will not keep South­port and Birk­dale in the Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion’s Pre­mier League.

It is vaguely as­ton­ish­ing that S&B are not al­ready adrift at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

As it stands, though, they are one of three teams cov­ered by nine points. Ains­dale and Formby are the other sides in­volved and on Tues­day Formby signed Aj­mal Shahzad, who was re­leased by Sus­sex that morn­ing.

S&B were never prop­erly out of the game at Rain­hill un­til they lost it. Andy Warhurst took two good wick­ets in his open­ing spell and had Bradley Yates held on to a very dif­fi­cult leg side chance of­fered by Sam Ker­shaw off Chris Brown­low, Firth’s bowlers would have re­moved the cream of Rain­hill’s bat­ting.

As it was, Ker­shaw made 94 and held his side’s in­nings to­gether. Yet even in the af­ter­math of de­feat Firth was pleased by the way in which his bowlers of­fered Rain­hill rel­a­tively few easy runs on what was a good pitch.

The cap­tain him­self grabbed four of the re­main­ing wick­ets and a cou­ple of top or­der bats­men fell to catches be­hind the wicket off An­gus Gai­ley.

The ef­forts of Gai­ley and the other mem­bers of S&B’s at­tack gave Firth’s bats­men a rea­son­able op­por­tu­nity to bat with­out feel­ing pres­sured by the run-rate. That they failed to take such an op­por­tu­nity can be ex­plained by the ac­cu­racy of Rain­hill’s In­dian spin­ner, Ak­shay Darekar, who dis­missed four of the top seven bats­men.

LPS 4x400m womens team and (be­low) Jenny Py­att

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