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PRESTATYN virtually sealed their own fate by crumbling to a ruinous 143 runs defeat at promotion candidates Rainhill.

Needing to win to retain any realistic chance of remaining in the First Division, the struggling seasiders took a severe mauling to remain well adrift at the foot of the table with five matches left.

Third-placed Rainhill opted to bat and flayed a distant 240-2 declared, Mike Rotherham 108 and Pakistani pro Mansoor Kureschi 94 putting on 191 as the Prestatyn attack wilted.

Prestatyn then stumbled to 74 for 7 before being dismissed for 97, Gareth Friday (25) unable to avert a crushing 25-1 points beating.

Second-from-bottom Northop Hall remain locked in a survival fight too after their key game at rivals Highfield ended in a disappointing rain-hit draw.

Highfield, 21 points and two places above the Hall, were put in as Hall skipper Danny Nolan won the toss but promptly smashed 264 for 4 declared off 55 overs.

James Hurlin bagged 3 for 77 off 17 overs before the Hall's top three batsman, Nolan, Hurlin and George Johansen, all fell cheaply.

Star turn Michael Littler 43 not out held the resistance together, along with Aussie pro Tim Buszard (23) before rain intervened to end the contest with the Hall hanging on at 118 for 5 off 37 overs in a 8-3 points split in Highfield's favour.

Colwyn Bay were robbed by rain of a resounding win at Hightown after being bowled out for 186.

New Zealand pro Michael Bates cracked 45, with Jordan Evans (28) and Zac Gidlow (27) also among the runs. But Hightown were saved by a downpour that halted the match as the seasiders cursed their luck.

Strike bowler Bates doubled up with a stunning stint of 6 for 23 off 10 overs to leave Hightown tettering on 61-8 but was denied making it a winning performance. ? THE UWA Commoners were celebrating last night after winning the West Wales Cricket Conference title for the first time in their history.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 21, 2011
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