Rain­ford’s pro­mo­tion push held up in draw

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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.

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