Rainhill thwarted by rain

Her Game Too match ends in weather-affected draw

Hightown St Mary’s 110-4 (Matt Diggins 3-9)
Rainhill 43-3 (Dave Brennan 24*)
Match draw

Rainhill Recreational’s match against Hightown St Mary’s ended in a frustrating draw as the weather intervened during Rainhill’s run chase.

The game, dedicated to Her Game Too, saw Anna Page captain the team and April Jones play as wicketkeeper.
Rainhill won the toss and opted to field. Hightown St Mary’s started slowly and Rainhill’s field worked hard – and effectively – to cut off runs. Two wickets from Matt Diggins pinned the visitors back, but the middle order were able to accelerate and reached 110 for 4 from their 30 overs. Rainhill took two late wickets – another from Diggins and one from Ben Wilkinson.
Rainhill were more than pleased with their efforts and felt that the target was within reach. Dave Brennan helped the hosts get off to a great start and although Rainhill lost the wickets of Matt Diggins and Andy Jones they were 43 for 2 after 10 overs. Four balls later, April Jones was out just as umpire Kirsty Blackham decided to stop play for rain.

The reasonably light rain was followed by a downpour that lasted around ten minutes, leaving the outfield waterlogged. No further play was possible and both teams had to be content with a draw.

Rainhill captain Anna Page said: “It was disappointing because I think we were in a strong position and had enough batting to come that I believe we would have won. But it’s cricket. I think we did well in the field to restrict the opposition and Matt Diggins was fantastic.
“It was good to have women playing and well done to April especially for her wicketkeeping and a great catch for the first wicket.

Umpire: Kirsty Blackha
Match sponsors: Inspire Creatives and JJM Services.