After a stumbling start to the season Rainhill’s u13 team built upon last week’s win with a satisfying home victory against Formby on Wednesday evening.
In a balanced display with strong batting and a tight, disciplined performance in the field and with the ball, the home side never allowed their opponents to thrive.
Rainhill batted first with Andrew Fairclough and Gianni Albanese impressing with a pair of boundaries each on their way to 16 and 12 respectively. It was Stevie Pennington who caught the eye however, top-scoring with 27 before being caught out to a quite brilliant piece of fielding. The ball had been struck hard and flat and was surely on its way to another boundary when the Formby fielder stooped to hold a great catch than Ben Stokes would have been proud of.
Amber Bowie (pictured) was also in the runs with a solid 9, collecting another boundary on the way. Ollie Unsworth showed resilience by ending his third match in a row without losing his wicket, helping Rainhill to amass 88 runs in their 20 overs.
Formby took to the field needing 89 runs for victory but were restricted immediately by the tight fielding and consistent pressured bowling from Rainhill’s attack. The first wicket did not come until the ninth over but the fact that Formby had only been able to accumulate 20 runs in the first 8 overs was testament to the careful, controlled bowling on display.
Captain Sam Addy made an impact when introduced to the bowling attack. A triple wicket maiden is an astonishing feat and the only disappointment is that it did not contain the elusive hat-trick. Formby were struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking over and had no response to Sam's devastating bowling.
Manager Ian Addy was really impressed with the athletic fielding and the supportive shouts in the outfield. Gianni Albanese was unlucky not to hit the stumps with three or four close attempts at a direct hit for run out. Keep practicing Gianni!
Formby reached 56 for 7 from their 20 overs and the fact that only 3 wides were given away from 120 balls shows how accuracy and efficiency are beginning to become embedded as core skills for this young group of players.
A great display and a welcome, morale-raising victory.
Updated 16:19 - 6 Jun 2019 by Andrew Page