Greenmount came out all guns blazing hitting regularboundaries but lost too many wickets doing so. Greenmount's professional played a few decent shotsbefore becoming Steve Cheetham's first of four victims (4/70). Mo Ahmed came into the attack after14 overs and quickly tightened the game up and took regular which to finishwith an excellent 4-24. Greenmount finished 149 all out. This was an excellentwin and performance all round.
And many thanks from Joe McCann to the Greenmount tea people for saving him a slice of homemade cheesecake for after the game.
A tough day at home.
The second XI welcomed another new GMCL league rival,Droylesdon CC 1st team, to Manchester Road this week. Droylesdon batted firstand were contained to just two runs an over in a fine opening spell of bowlingby the experienced pair of Greg Jennings and Rob Meredith. Greg in particularseemed to have the ball on a string and was unlucky not to make thebreakthrough early on as the skipper spilled a regulation catch at second slip.But perseverance paid off as Greg then clean bowled the other opener with thescore on 27 in the 15th over.
A fatigue-required change of bowling at both ends saw theinnings accelerate, but further chances were missed and these were to provecostly. Some fine stroke play, punishing the all too regular bad balls, mixedwith destructive power-hitting, and some pretty ordinary fielding at times,catapulted the score from 40 for 1 after 20 overs, to 256 for 6 in the full 50.Of the other 5 bowlers used, only Rob Reade was able to exercise the controlrequired, finishing with a well deserved 3 for 67.
Chris Royle and Dan Ainscough became the fourth differentopening pair used this season already, both immediately adopting a positiveapproach as they looked to chase down the huge total required for victory. At84 for 0 after 20 overs the early signs were excellent, but then Chris wasunable to keep out a good delivery and was clean bowled for 30. Greg followedshortly after, to make it 95 for 2. Dan continued to play positively, hittingthe two spinners to all parts of the ground, ably supported by Andy Lord. Butin trying to keep up with the required rate, one trip to the well too many sawDan stumped for an excellent 72 with the score on 123. The next three balls sawRob Reade and Andy depart, and effectively that was that. The innings slumpedto a very disappointing 153 all out, with none of the remaining batsman able toregister double figures.
After winning the toss and batting on a fine sunny dayClifton got off to a careful but solid start to get to 73-0 before unfortunately losing Will to ahamstring injury. After this wickets fell too regularly and we could onlymanage 160.
Woodbank in reply batted positively and got to a very goodstart. On a wicket that didn’t suit our bowlers we struggled to stay in thegame for long enough periods to force a positive result. Woodbank knocking themoff 2 down with 15 overs left.
This week saw the visit of East Lancs Paper Mill 1st X1 toManchester Road to play the 2nd team in GMCL division 2A.
CCC won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on abeautiful clear warm day.
The innings got off to a disastrous start with four wicketsfalling inside the first six overs. Despite a good recovery by Andy Lord (43)and Rob Reade (45) the home side were bowled out for 129 inside 30 overs, withno fewer than six batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.
By contrast, ELPM got off to a solid start, aided by somewayward bowling, and at 30 without loss, accumulated at a run a ball, it lookedlike a very early finish was on the cards. But credit where it’s due, CCC stuckat it and Rob Lord made the breakthrough with a couple of wickets. Rob Readechipped in with one, and good catches by the returning to action Greg Jenningsand Rob Reade aided Andy Lord to strike a couple of times, leaving the visitorslooking vulnerable, and batsmen-in-waiting jittery, at 82 for 5. However acouple of sharp chances were missed, and loose deliveries punished, allowingELPM to reach their target for the loss of 6 wickets. Pick of the bowlers wasAndy Lord (3-18).
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Winning the toss and batting on a superb wicket we managedto score 277-2. A fine and patient century by Adam Holt and a half century fromSam Dorsey set up a good total.
Woodhouses at one point were in a strong position after avery positive start. Regular wickets after 10 overs brought Clifton back intothe game and Joe McCann bowled an excellent spell of 10 overs 3-19 whichchanged the game completely into Clifton’s favour. Roman Slusarenko and Dannyhill came on near the end to finish the job off and grab a well deserved wicketeach.
The 3rd's travelled to Stretford CC on another blisteringhot day of the weekend. A terrific welcome was received from our opponents and atour of their newly refurbished facilities, which are second to none and acredit to their committee, players and members.
In a paradise for sunbathers and spectators Stretfordwon the toss and had no hesitation in having a bat. After losing Joe Parker toa hand injury in the 5th over of the game, Clifton performed well with 10players to restrict the score and to bowl Stretford out in the 40th over for148. Credit to Rohan Fernando 3/22 and Ethan Harding 4/ 40.
The Clifton innings didn't get off to the best of starts,losing Charlie Cook early without troubling the scorers. This however, broughtIan Morris (57) to the crease and he set about cementing a match winninginnings. Firstly with Keshana Fonseka (24), who was unfortunate to be given outcaught behind, and then guiding a match winning partnership of 75 with EthanHarding (46no).
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