Prestatyn celebrate first win of season

Sampath Perera was sensational with bat and ball for Prestatyn

LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CRICKET COMPETITION

1ST XI SECOND DIVISION

Prestatyn (25) 115-5 Caldy (3) 112-10

Sri Lankan ace Sampath Perera grabbed five wickets and scored a half-century as Prestatyn celebrated their first win of the season in style at the expense of second-placed Caldy.

Without a victory in their previous six starts, the North Wales club were indebted to their overseas all-rounder, back at Beach Close this season after previously turning out for Prestatyn between 2014-16.

In those three seasons, he claimed 145 wickets, including hauls of 9-10 and 9-52 and scored 1064 runs in total.

Visitors Caldy won the toss and chose to bat, but were bowled out for just 112 in 46.5 overs, opener Christopher Edwards carrying his bat for a painstaking 41 not out.

Right-arm seamer Perera scooped 5-38 off 14.5, Sheil Sethi 2-11 off 13 ultra-tight overs, while Benjamin Hughes and Kieron Tidswell took a wicket each.

Prestatyn made it to 115-5 in 32 overs, Perera leading the way again with 54 not out, sealing a welcome 25-3 points triumph.

1ST XI FIRST DIVISION

Colwyn Bay (9) 229-8 dec St Helens Town (7) 183-8 – drawn

Adam Campion’s unbeaten 114 was the highlight of Bay’s winning draw at home to St Helens.

Invited to bat, the Bay set 229-8 declared from 53 overs, Sion Morris adding 28 and Ryan Holtby 23 for the hosts.

Campion and Holtby formed the best partnership of the innings, putting on 78 for the eighth wicket.

Number four Campion’s undefeated ton came off 131 balls and included 18 fours.

In reply, St Helens looked set for defeat at 135-7, but clung on to finish on 183-8, James Davies with a crucial 62 not out for the visitors.

Campion completed a super match with 4-26 off nine overs, Vishal Kushwah scooping 2-35.

Northop Hall (9) 252-8 dec Rainford (8) 200-8 – drawn

Jac Kennedy posted a season’s best 88 in Northop Hall’s drawn encounter at home to Rainford.

Put in by the visitors, the Flintshire side were 17-2 early on before Kennedy and Jamie Hodgson (75) formed a 150 stand for the third wicket.

Kennedy struck 16 fours and Hodgson 11 in their respective innings, then skipper Will Higginson hit 49 not out off 48 deliveries as the hosts chalked up 252-8 declared from 52 overs.

Rainford were in dire straits at 29-5 in response before John Dotters (102) and Ravi Mistry (43) concocted a match-saving partnership of 119 for the sixth wicket.

Dotters was eighth out on 196 and Rainford held on for the draw at 200-8.

Darren Leach picked up 4-56 off 19 overs, Kieron New grabbing 3-56. Points: 9-8 Northop Hall.

2nd XI FIRST DIVISION

Rainford 2nd XI (6) 96-10 Northop Hall 2nd XI (24) 173-10

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Rainhill 2nd XI (4) 125-10 Colwyn Bay 2nd XI (20) 126-3

James Jones’ 4-28 set up Bay seconds for victory at Rainhill.

The Liverpool side, inserted by the opposition, were sent packing for a modest 125, Jones’ haul coming off 12.1 overs, James Smith with 2-26 and Tom Clarke 2-33.

Bay then cruised to 126-3, Chris Barry 59 and skipper Tom Roberts 42, that pair putting on 100 for the second wicket.

2nd XI SECOND DIVISION

Caldy 2nd XI (25) 244-6 dec Prestatyn 2nd XI (4) 95-10

Oliver Higgs’ 100 not out built the foundation for a home win.

Jack Cheetham took 2-21 in the bowling for Prestatyn, while in their paltry reply of 95, Nauman Ahmad scored 25 and Ashley Jones 20.

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