CRICKET: Prestatyn skipper Harris aiming for top three finish after Rainford win


Dean Jones

PRESTATYN captain David Harris is calling on his side to push for a top-three finish after a three wicket win at Liverpool and District Division One promotion hopefuls Rainford.

A fine bowling display was once again the catalyst behind the result, which leaves them just 39 points off Saturday’s opponents ahead of this weekend’s clash with Fleetwood Hesketh at Beach Close.

Harris said: “We have more than held their own this season but the league is crazy and besides Colwyn Bay there doesn’t seem to be any side putting a consistent run of results together.

“We are looking to finish as high as possible, but a couple of losses could see us in a relegation fight and we have a tough run it so we must make sure that we carry this momentum on into our remaining games to give us the best possible chance of a high finish.”

Having won the toss, the visitors elected to field and made a positive start when Sampath Perera took the wickets of opening batsmen Matthew Bailey (9) and Joseph Noctor (4) on his way to figures of 4-31 off nine overs.

Perera was ably assisted by Kieron New, who took the prized wicket of Saad Khan for four and captain Paul Farrar for a duck to finish the day on 4-44 off 15 overs.

The Rainford resistance came from Ben Hewitt, who hit 49 as the hosts finished their innings on 104 all out off 31 overs.

Double digit scores from Prestatyn openers Gareth Boughey (14) and Danny Davies (18) gave them a positive start, and a stubborn knock of 43 from Daniel Williams meant the visitors were in cruise control as they looked to reach their target.

Despite Rainford bowler Andrew Davies (5-38) steaming into the middle order, Harris’ side were able to get over the line for the loss of seven wickets.

The skipper said: “It was an awful wicket but our bowlers were brilliant once again and having them in such good form gives us a chance in every game.

“Many people wrote us off at the start of the year but a result like this shows that we do belong at this level.”

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