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Where is the Spirit of Cricket?
Saturday 1st September 2018

The Spirit of Cricket that the ECB and L&DCC's Management Committee keeps ramming down everybody's throat seems to have gone down the drain with the dishwater.

There isn't anything in the L&DCC's rules to prevent recognised 1st XI players playing in 2nd XI matches but to do so ruffles a few feathers and is considered to be 'sharp practice'.

Rainhill 2nd XI started the day in 11th place (out of 12) and in danger of relegation from the First Division. Their opponents were third placed Highfield who were still in the promotion hunt.

Seemingly desperate to avoid the drop, Rainhill fielded their 1st XI captain, Ben Edmundson, available again after a three match suspension, and also 1st XI all rounder David Atkinson.

Edmundson took a catch, went for 30 in six overs and scored 5 when he batted at 3.

Replying to Highfield's 204-9d in 43.3 overs, Rainhill had slumped to 26-4 when Atkinson strode to the crease. He went on to forge an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 148 with Mark Viggars (49*) to give Rainhill victory and ended with an unbeaten 119 from 98 balls with 19x4s and 2x6s.

Atkinson was definitely the match winner as earlier he had bowling figures of 10.3-0-48-4.  scorecard

By marked contrast, Maghull, who started the day 12 points above Rainhill but still in danger of relegation, opted to observe the 'Spirit of Cricket' and not recruit 1st XI players to help them avoid relegation.

They were bowled out for 114 by Rainford, who themselves included some 1st XI players, and lost by 4 wickets to finish the day in a relegation place.  scorecard

BEFORE

 FIRST DIVISION 
. . . .   . .   . .     .   .

bonus points

. .
. . . .   . .   . .     .   . W W D/L D/L pen .
. P W WCn WDf T D (D) L

LCn

LDf

LDf

ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts

PTS

   
. . 20 25 25 15 .   . -10 -10

-20

5   5 . . . . . .    
1    Colwyn Bay 19   11   0   1   0   2   (0)   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   14   20   17   21   0   322    
2    Liverpool 19   11   0   0   0   3   (0)   5   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   29   19   22   25   0   315    
3    Highfield 19   11   0   0   0   3   (0)   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   20   15   24   26   0   310    
4    Newton le Willows 19   8   0   0   0   8   (0)   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   24   3   31   31   0   249    
5    Old Xaverians 19   7   0   0   0   5   (0)   5   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   20   1   33   31   0   235    
6    Rainford 19   7   0   0   0   1   (0)   11   0   0   0   0   (1)   0   8   12   24   28   0   212    
7  Spring View 19   5   0   2   0   1   (0)   11   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   5   20   32   0   207    
8  Leigh 19   6   0   0   0   2   (0)   10   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   11   29   28   0   203    
9  Northop Hall 19   7   0   0   0   3   (0)   6   0   1   0   1   (0)   1   5   9   24   18   0   196    
10  Maghull 19   6   0   0   0   0   (0)   13   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   2   9   17   35   0   183    
11    Rainhill 19   5   0   1   0   1   (0)   8   0   1   1   1   (0)   1   12   15   17   22   0   171    
12    Birkenhead Park 19   5   0   0   0   4   (0)   9   0   1   0   0   (0)   0   6   0   31   36   0   163    

and AFTER

 FIRST DIVISION 
. . . .   . .   . .     .   .

bonus points

. .
. . . .   . .   . .     .   . W W D/L D/L pen .
. P W WCn WDf T D (D) L

LCn

LDf

LDf

ND (ND) Ab bat bwl bat bwl pts

PTS

   
. . 20 25 25 15 .   . -10 -10

-20

5   5 . . . . . .    
1    Liverpool 20   12   0   0   0   3   (0)   5   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   34   19   22   25   0   340    
2    Colwyn Bay 19   11   0   1   0   2   (0)   4   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   14   20   17   21   0   322    
3    Highfield 20   11   0   0   0   3   (0)   5   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   20   15   29   28   0   317    
4    Newton le Willows 20   8   0   0   0   9   (0)   3   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   24   3   36   35   0   258    
5    Old Xaverians 20   7   0   0   0   6   (0)   5   0   0   0   2   (0)   0   20   1   34   34   0   239    
6    Rainford 20   8   0   0   0   1   (0)   11   0   0   0   0   (1)   0   8   12   24   28   0   232    
7  Spring View 20   5   0   2   0   2   (0)   11   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   0   5   21   36   0   212    
8  Leigh 20   6   0   0   0   3   (0)   10   0   0   0   1   (0)   0   10   11   31   31   0   208    
9  Northop Hall 20   7   0   0   0   3   (0)   7   0   1   0   1   (0)   1   5   9   26   21   0   201    
10  Rainhill 20   6   0   1   0   1   (0)   8   0   1   1   1   (0)   1   12   19   17   22   0   195    
11    Maghull 20   6   0   0   0   0   (0)   14   0   0   0   0   (0)   0   2   9   18   38   0   187    
12    Birkenhead Park 19   5   0   0   0   4   (0)   9   0   1   0   0   (0)   0   6   0   31   36   0   163