DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY
The Season started pretty poorly for the firsts and seconds as both failed to chase down totals posted by the opposition. The firsts failed to follow up on Saturday’s friendly win at Bury despite bowling promoted Royton out for 196. In reply, Will Davidson was unlucky to get out after a decent start, but then Callum Parkinson and deputy pro Alex Davies looked to have put the game out of reach as both scored half centuries in taking the score to 117-1. Both then fell when looking comfortable and Ben Chapman looked out of touch after arriving from the heatwaves and concrete roads he batted on in Oz. Dean Morris and Tom Derbyshire both looked comfortable but again got out just as Royton were starting to struggle and Greg Jennings provided a late flourish before the lights went out (literally in the case of the scoreboard) on the reply with Steve Cheetham becoming the third batsman to register the roundest of round zeros. The seconds fared little better despite only chasing 150 and fell nine short with a full eight overs to spare leaving the thirds (below) to fly the flag on the opening weekend.
RUDDY MARVELLOUS !!
George Rudd put away his guitar for a few hours to play in the opening third XI game of the NMCL season and ended it with a maiden senior half century under his belt. After reducing Elton Vale to 5 for 5, the visitors would probably been happy to register 86, but George was having none of it as he blasted his way to an eight wicket win. Delighted debutant skipper Nick reports that it was a superb start by the thirds following his well won toss and what a start it was with the visitors being 0-3 before scoring their first runs in the eighth over! The score of 5 for 5 was not achieved until over 15, with Andy Lord and Jack Barton shining. The middle order made the score more respectable but Mike Ferry and Sam Dorsey entered the fray and mopped up the tail with Barty ending with remarkable figures of 3 for 3 off 9 overs. Nick was quick to praise the discipline shown in the field to support the bowlers. The Clifton reply was shaky but when Andy Lord joined Georgie at 10-2, he steadied the ship and carefully guided George to his half century which included three text book cover drives for four. “ A fantastic team performance and a great start to the season” according to the jubilant skipper.
Andy Tocher has taken on the role of tea rota organiser for 2014 and is doing a fantastic terrier-like job. He deserves everyoneŕłµpport, so take a look at the updated list here and give him a ring on 07969277806 to fill some gaps. The early gush turned into a trickle and has now dried up altogether.
WINNING START FOR ADAM
Adam Holt’s new career at St Anne’s started well with a five wicket win over Netherfield. Holty opened the batting and scored 35 at a run a ball.
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The SUMMER ACADEMY 2014 will take place during the week commencing July 28th. Watch out for further details here and on facebook.