Rainhill CC Women’s Return to Hardball After 2 Years – Lessons and Highlights


In their first hardball match in two years, Rainhill CC Women’s 1st XI faced a tough challenge against Maghull CC Women’s 1st XI at the Rainhill.
The match marked an important return to hardball cricket for Rainhill, featuring a mixed squad that included players transitioning from softball, including three debutants, Kerry Lawler, Niamh Scarborough, and Emily Lowrie, and juniors, Olivia Clifford and Scarlett Ashton-Smith playing their first women’s hardball match.

Rainhill CC won the toss and opted to field first, a decision that saw them confronting a strong batting lineup from Maghull.  Maghull capitalised on their innings, accumulating 119 runs for the loss of just one wicket in their 16 overs, with standout performances from Debbie Bowden, Millie Keegan, and Catherine Plummer. Their disciplined batting, coupled with 24 runs coming from extras, took their net score to an imposing 314.

In response, Rainhill struggled to gain momentum in their batting, concluding their innings with 69 runs for 8 wickets, which adjusted to a net score of 229.   Amber Bowie stood out with bat and ball for Rainhill, scoring 17 runs and taking the only wicket, whilst the hardball newcomers experienced mixed fortunes.

Rainhill’s bowling control was an issue, as the team conceded 16 wides and 8 no balls, which contributed to their opponents’ high score.

Despite the loss, the match offered Rainhill valuable insights and experience. The debutants got their first taste of hardball cricket, and the team demonstrated significant potential for improvement.  As they continue to blend their mix of experiences and new talent, Rainhill CC Women’s 1st XI looks forward to building on this performance and achieving better results in their upcoming fixtures.