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Match Reports - Week Twenty-Two

The  firsts  and  seconds  wound  up  their  2019  campaigns  on  sunny  Saturday  and  both  came  back  with  the  bacon.  The  firsts  trounced  already  relegated  Woodhouses  who  looked  a  shadow  of  the  team  that  beat  us  on  their  own  patch  earlier  in  the  season.  Gareth  Cross  was  in  ebullient  mood  as  he  first  came  on  as  second  change  and  removed  five  visiting  batsmen  for  fourteen  runs  as  they  capitulated  to  77  all  out.  Earlier,  Ryan  Barker  had  dispatched  the  first  three  batsmen  in  just  four  balls,  leaving  them  in  tatters  at  6-3  and  there  were  two  wickets  for  Adam  Holt  in  his  new  guise  as  off  spinner,  (when  he  wasn’t  bowling  beamers).  The  reply  started  sedately  until  Crossy  realised  that  the  Premier  League  3pm  kick  offs  were  imminent,  upon  which  he  launched  into  three  sixes  and  seven  fours  in  scoring  exactly  50  and  winning  the  game  by  eight  wickets  in  just  over  11  overs.  The  side  remained  unbeaten  in  August  and  September  and  must  be  looking  forward  to  2020  already  and  welcoming  four  new  faces  from  Divisions  1A  and  1B  into  the  Premier  Division  as  none  of  last  year’s  relegated  sides  managed  to  come  back.

1st XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774771/1st_innings

The  seconds  completed  the  formalities  of  winning  Division  3W  and  will  play  in  the  new  Division  2  next  season;  the  fifth  tier  of  the  newly  reconstructed  league.  With  Woodbank  still  suffering  from  the  drainage  problem  that  has  plagued  them  for  most  of  the  season,  conditions  were  not  ideal,  although  the  wicket  was  marginally  better  looking  than  the  outfield.  The  hosts  made  a  decent  start  but  fell  away  badly  when  spin  was  introduced,  with  Liam  Dorsey  taking  five  wickets  in  twenty-one  deliveries  in  his  5-13  and  David  Dempster  taking  2-6  in  8  overs.  However,  given  the  conditions,  the  score  of  148  seemed  not  far  off  par  and  so  it  proved  as  the  Clifton  batsmen  toiled  and  grafted  their  way  towards  victory.  In  the  end,  six  batsmen  managed  to  claw  their  way  into  double  figures  (Woodbank  managed  only  three)  with  Steve  Judge  top  scoring  with  28.  Husty  Uryakhel’s  questionable  batting  technique  suited  the  conditions  perfectly  as  the  asking  rate  rose  and  in  the  final  analysis,  victory  was  achieved  by  three  wickets  with  eleven  balls  to  spare.

2nd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774868/1st_innings

The  third  team’s  eagerly  anticipated  top  of  the  table  clash  with  Whalley  Range  would  have  been  an  exciting  nail  biter  but  for  the  farcical  conditions  which  tested  the  patience  of  umpires,  spectators  and  players  alike.  The  grey  skies  first  became  light  drizzle  followed  by  steady  rain  as  the  umpires  steadfastly  stood  by  their  decision  to  carry  on  at  all  costs.  Some  of  the  players  resembled  early  December  Rugby  League  players  as,  caked  in  mud,  the  game  concluded  in  a  ten  run  victory.  Batting  first,  Sam  Dorsey  returned  to  form  with  52  as  a  total  of  140-7  was  set  at  tea.  Wickets  then  tumbled  at  regular  intervals  before  a  worrying  ninth  wicket  partnership  squelched  its  way  to  a  partnership  of  43  interspersed  with  piles  of  sawdust  and  ever  more  sodden  cloths  to  wipe  the  ball.  With  only  eleven  required,  as  so  often  happens,  two  wickets  fell  in  three  balls  and  the  players  and  umpires  were  able  to  trudge  off  to  the  warmth  of  the  showers.  Mason  Turner  impressed  amongst  the  bowlers,  bowling  six  overs  with  a  sopping  ball  for  just  thirteen  runs  and  taking  three  wickets.  The  championship  is  still  out  of  our  hands  however,  as  Nick’s  boys  must  win  both  remaining  games  and  hope  that  Whalley  Range  drop  points  next  weekend.

3rd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/775234/1st_innings

Pic: Jim Ainscough hits the winning boundary in the 2nds final game of the 2019 season.

It's the Double for U17s

Clifton U17s added the GMCL Cup to their League winning trophy on Sunday morning, beating a strong Greenfield side in an excellent match.

Huge credit to the groundsman and helpers who worked tirelessly in the lead up to the final, then through the early morning mist and drizzle, to get the game on. It was scheduled for 20 overs, but reduced to 15 as the covers, water hog, and sponges all ensured that a dreaded “bowl-out” was avoided.

Clifton won the toss and invited Greenfield to bat. Following an early breakthrough, a good second-wicket stand of 30 put the visitors in control. Three wickets in the middle five overs stemmed the flow of runs, before some strong hitting from the Greenfield skipper helped the visitors post a very competitive looking 87 for 6. Dan Ainscough (2 for 6), Jacob Jervis (1-15), Charlie Cook (1-19), Kamran Hussain (1-9) and Leah Greenhalgh (1-10) all picked up wickets, but the final total looked worth well over 100 given ground conditions.

Keshana Fonseka and Zach Flaxman got Clifton off to a positive start in reply, with a 50 partnership inside 9 overs, before a flurry of wickets saw the required rate rise to more than a run a ball off the last four overs. Positive stroke play, quick running between the wickets and two huge sixes settled the score though, Clifton passing the required total with an over to spare. Pick of the batsmen were Keshana with 35 runs and Dan 29 not out.

Dan was named MVP by league official Bill Elkin, who also presented the Clifton U17s skipper with the Cup.

Match Reports - Week Twenty-One and 2nd XI are Champions!

Results  went  the  way  of  both  1sts  and  seconds  on  Saturday  with  the seconds  taking  the  plaudits  by  securing  the  Championship  of  Division  3W. Batting  first  against  a  Walshaw  side  with  nothing  to  play  for,  Chris  Lord (49)  and  Dan  Ainscough  (62)  provided  a  platform  of  119  before  a  mini collapse  saw  four  wickets  fall  for  13  runs.  Ethan  Harding  (21),  Rohan Fernando  (12)  and  Jim  Ainscough  (19)  steadied  the  ship  before  the  tail took  the  score  beyond  200  and  well  out  of  Walshaw’s  grasp.  All  five bowlers then took wickets, with Rohan’s 3 for 12  off  five  catching  the  eye,  as  Walshaw  crumbled  to  79  all  out,  leaving  Jim  and  his  team  to  celebrate  a  most  unlikely  champions’  comeback  after  last  year’s  trials  and  tribulations.

2nd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/773665/1st_innings

The  firsts  became  the  tenth  visiting  senior  side  to  leave  Woodbank  without  bowling  a  ball  as  their  game  became  one  of  only  two  in  the  entire  nine  division  set  up  of  122  games,  to  be  abandoned.  However,  all  three  of  the  remaining  relegation  places  were  confirmed  as  wins  by  Monton  and  Egerton  saw  Stand,  Monton  and  Woodhouses  joining  Royton  in  the  new  Premiership  League  1  next  season.

A win  for  the  thirds  at  Greenmount,  put  them  within seven  points  of  the  top  and  with  leaders  Whalley  Range  coming  to  Manchester  Road  next  week,  it  could  be  that  Nick  Flaxman’s  side  emerge  from  nowhere  to  win  the  Sunday  Premier  championship.  With  a  number  of  players  unavailable,  the  team  had  to  be  bolstered  by  junior  players  from  the  first  and  second XI  in  order  to  fulfill  the  fixture  and,  as  expected,  they  had  a  key  role  in  the  four  wicket  win.  Greenmount batted  first  and  set  a  total  of  160  at  exactly  four  an  over  with  the  wickets  shared  fairly  evenly,  though  Kesh  weighed  in  with  three  late  wickets  for  20  runs.  Dan  Ainscough  (48)  and  Sam  Dorsey  (44)  produced  the  bulk  of  the  reply,  but  they  were  well supported  by  Harry  Golland  (29)  who  gave  up  on  his  attempt  to  avoid  being run  out,  when  it  appeared  to  spectators  on  the  side  that  he  might  have  made  it  quite  easily.  The winning  runs  were  secured  with  seven  overs  to  spare  setting  up  a  mouth-watering  clash  next  week.

3rd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774095/1st_innings


Well Dodged Jimmy

GMCL - Match Start Times

Announcement from the GMCL.

This is a reminder that all start times are half an hour earlier from this weekend.

Start times from 17th August

50 Over games : 12:30 

45 Over games : 13:00

40 Over games : 13:30

But we have also received comments that the final games of the season may be finishing too late for sunset times and may stop games being completed. We believe that the start times have been proved right over many years however we have concerns that the current poor weather for this time of year with heavy cloud will mean that we may lose the light far far earlier than normal therefore are moving the start times for all games in September.

Start times from 1st September

50 Over games : 12:00 

45 Over games : 12:30

40 Over games : 13:00

If this further change makes it difficult for your players to be at the ground for the start of the game you can request that the start time is changed back, the captain must e-mail fixtures@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk by 26 August stating division, date, teams and we will notify the umpires and opponents and reply to you when agreed.

We will shortly update all start times on cricHQ.




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