PRESTATYN began their Liverpool and District Cricket League Division One campaign with a 108-run loss at Rainford.

The Beach Close side were unable to match an impressive target set by the home side, and they will be hoping for better fortune next Saturday when they entertain Wavertree.

Despite the eventual result opening bowler Adam Tidswell got the visitors off to a strong start with the early wickets of Matthew Bailey and skipper David Snellgrove for two and a duck, with Danny Pryde also getting in on the act by removing Matthew White on seven.

The same bowler also sent Reece Kelly back to the pavilion after he contributed just 12, but a sensational partnership from John Dotters and Mark Potter put the hosts fully in command during a critical stage of the innings.

Dotters smashed his way to 91 before he was eventually despatched by Pryde, with Potter falling victim to a Waqar Khan following a superb knock of 83.

The outstanding Pryde took one more scalp in the form of John Peake (11) on his way to impressive figures of 4-61 as the home side declared on 242-7 from just 30 overs at the crease.

Things got off to the worst possible start in the middle when Kieron Tidswell was ousted for a duck, with captain David Harris (7), Khan (4), wicketkeeper Robbie Rimmington (4) and Ashley Jones (2) also out cheaply during a disappointing contribution from the majority of the top order.

The one standout performer throughout was talented youngster Sheil Sethi, who produced an accomplished knock before he was trapped lbw by Dotters on 53.

Only Andrew Harris (11) and Isaac Sheridan (14) managed to make it into double-figures thereafter as the visitors made 134 all out in reply.

Josh Peake was the pick of the home bowlers, finishing with three wickets for the loss of 24 runs.