Rainford’s promotion push held up in draw
SEFTON PARK’S Robbie Houghton turned in a vintage display of left-arm spin bowling against Birkenhead Park, taking 8-20 as Richie Forsyth’s team kept their promotion hopes alive with an eight-wicket victory.
Houghton’s devastating spell dismissed the visitors for 134 and an unbroken third-wicket stand of 107 between Sean Vandome (74 not out) and David Hort (53 not out) enabled their side to reduce the gap between themselves and secondplaced Rainford to just 29 points with three matches left to play.
Sefton Park’s win was important because both leading sides stumbled.
Leaders Highfield were 37-7 at Prestatyn before Robert Halliwell’s 31 and 27 extras hoisted their score to 92, Kieron New finishing with 7-32.
Despite Sheil Sethi’s 42, the Beach Close side had their own problems against the left-arm spin of Madduma Lakmal and were 84-7 before staggering to a two-wicket victory as Lakmal claimed 4-23.
Rainford are now 16 points behind after just failing to force a win against Burscough.
Anthony Reid made 74 as David Snellgrove’s team posted 201 all out in 50.2 overs and John Dotters then took 7-60 in the visitors’ reply.
But Burscough had their own heroes, Chris Andrews taking 4-56 and Rob Glaysher making 39 not out in the visitors’ 156-9.
The last few overs of the game saw Glaysher and last man Patrick Connolly hang on.
At the bottom, Fleetwood Hesketh secured a vital 88-run victory over Skelmersdale, who now need something of a miracle to avoid an immediate return to the second division.