PROUD FORMER MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH LANCASHIRE LEAGUE,
THE BOLTON & DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION
AND THE CENTRAL LANCASHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE
FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE GREATER MANCHESTER CRICKET LEAGUE
3rds WINNING RUN CONTINUES
The Thirds’ winning margin of 41 runs may not appear to have been another nailbiter but in many ways is was as tense as last week’s 1 wicket win with the Lakeside score on 165-4 with overs aplenty in the locker, the weather looming and two set batsmen at the crease, including one who was 110 and hitting the ball to all parts. At that moment, Jack Barton bowled the shortest spell in history as he marked his run, handed his cap to the ump and was told “I’ve changed my mind”. What a master stroke that proved to be (sorry Jack) as Andy Lord came back into the attack after a poor early spell and ripped the tail apart by bowling straight with a variety of looped and quicker deliveries with a sopping wet ball. The last six fell for 14 runs with the last five of those throwing in the towel completely and scoring just three. Lordy finished with 5-30 to add to his 38 with the bat, bolstered by Harry Southern with 69 and telling contributions from Alex Cunliffe and James Evans who took the score to 220-6.
The firsts reached new lows on Saturday as even the normally pristine fielding let them down against Norden. After Danny Salpietro single handedly beat them earlier in the season, you’d think the lads would be hanging on to everything he put their way this time but he punished dropped catches mercilessly and went on to his second unbeaten century. Earlier, Dean Morris and a returning Tom Derbyshire rescued the innings from 49-6 to post what should have been a testing 185 with Dean continuing his vein of form with a truly excellent 85 in the circumstances. However, shorn of Greg and Boz, the attack looked weary and got wearier as Salpietro mercilessly chopped away, supported well by his opening partner who guided them to an emphatic 10 wicket win.
Things looked at one stage to be following the reverse path as the seconds had Norden in trouble at 45-4 and then 100-6, but dropped catches again contributed to the compiling of a century partnership that put the game beyond them despite what was described as a classy flowing knock from Jamie Royle. They eventually succumbed to 158 all out.
THIRDS ELTON GAME REARRANGED
Due to the thirds successful cup run, the league game with Elton that was due to be played on semi final day, has been rearranged for a week on Sunday (22nd). Please re-visit the unavailability book if you need to and bear in mind that anyone who has played 1st or 2nd XI cricket and has not played 50% of 3rd XI league games will not be eligible to play in the semi final against Rochdale.
THIRDS REACH “FLAX”IMUM POTENTIAL
With the firsts and seconds rained off at the weekend, it was left to the thirds to provide the weekend’s excitement and they didn’t disappoint with a cup tie victory over Thornham that had the watching spectators on the edge of their seats.
The twenty year wait for a cup success for the thirds moved to the semi final stage after a topsy turvy game of epic proportions that saw Thornham recover from 24-3 to reach 155 before Flaxman’s boys firstly contrived to lose both openers for 0, followed by a potentially match winning 50 partnership between Sam Dorsey (30) and Andy lord (21) was disrupted by the dreaded drinks interval that accounted for both. A number of batsmen then got starts and got out, culminating in a sudden tumble of wickets that left the side in serious bother at 110-8, but Nick Flaxman and Ollie Dunn defied the odds to grind out runs that left just 13 needed off the last three overs when the skipper was bowled going back to a ball that he should perhaps have gone forward to. That meant a rearguard action was needed with the strike being dominated by Ollie and that’s exactly what happened right up to the last ball of the match when the Thornham bowler kindly dropped short to allow the delivery to be turned comfortably into a legside gap to secure a terrific win that had the sunshine soaked speccies out of their deckchairs. Flaxman’s boys go to Rochdale in the semi after their 92 run win against Elton.
Condolences to the Derbyshire family
The club were sad to learn of the passing of Tom and Matt Derbyshire’s Grandfather on Wednesday morning. Our thoughts are with the Derbyshire family at this sad time.
GREG STEPS ASIDE
Greg Jennings has decided to step down as 1st XI captain due to family reasons and the difficulties he was having in balancing a young family with the responsibilities of being 1st XI captain in one of the most challenging leagues in the county. The players will elect a new captain on Saturday and Greg will continue to contribute as much as he is able. The club would like to thank him for his contribution to the 1st XI during the first two seasons in the Premier division.
SECONDS FLY THE FLAG BUT IT’S ANOTHER LOSING WEEKEND FOR FIRSTS
A little of the confidence that exuded from Walsden’s second teamers in pursuit of the second teams 304-4 on Saturday would do the firsts a world of good as they were undone twice by nothing other than match winning performances by opposing professionals. There were positives from the weekend but the firsts need to start turning them into points quickly. On Saturday Will Davidson and Dean Morris were the principle contributors to a disappointing 157 in which the Walsden professional took nine wickets. He followed up with 72 not out despite Cheets taking four wickets as the visitors ran out four wicket winners. There was another four wicket defeat on Sunday as they posted 184 with this time Ben Chapman and Joe Brown adding runs to a half century from Maz that was immediately followed up by as bizarre and ridiculous a shot as you are ever likely to see with 13 overs remaining, that resulted in a simple catch to point. Boz then offered hope with a wicket before Rochdale had opened their account, but again it was the Rochdale professional who followed up a century in ‘Dale’s last game with another 117 not out to seal the points. The positives were the contributions of four second teamers on Sunday after unavailability robbed the side of key players, the continued inspirational on field presence of Callum Parkinson who, despite the runs drying up a little, is never kept out of the game for long, runs that come from different sources with the promise that one day they’ll all fire at once, a stunning, falling backwards, one handed catch from Cheets, a scorebox clearing six from Boz, another highly promising knock from Will and a bowling attack that is deep and varied and lacking only a little luck.
The batsman’s only half forward and Boz gets his LBW. Full Rochdale and Walsden albums available on facebook.
The seconds piled up 304-4 on Saturday with Ian Morris, Liam Dorsey and James Evans all passing fifty at Walsden, but the home side set about their reply with a viciousness that saw them reduce the target by 120 in the first ten overs. On the small Walsden ground, the bowlers then lost their heads a bit and Walsden ensured that 600 plus runs were scored for the loss of only nine wickets on the day. It was a different story entirely on Sunday however as they could only post 143 with Ian Morris scoring a fifth half century of the season on the first day of June. This time the bowlers did come to the party however, with debutant Shuja Rashid grabbing 4-13 and Rob Meredith emerging battered and bruised from the previous day’s exploits to take four for himself as Rochdale were dispatched for 113.
REP BOOST FOR FIRSTS
Despite the perilous position that the firsts find themselves in, it will be a boost to morale to find that Dean and Cheets have both been picked for the CLL’s Reader Trophy inter league game against the Lancashire County League at Rochdale next Sunday. Well done fellers.