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3RDS FINISH WITH A MISERABLE DAY IN THE HILLS

The 3rds travelled to Littleborough under threatening skies and toiled in the field for nearly three hours as the hosts made their way to 166-5 at tea. It was a springy wicket after the heavy roller had done its work, hardly surprising as the groundsman hadn’t prepared a wicket and roped off the square assuming the season had finished (despite their being a first XI game on Sunday!). Jack Barton bowled well but Mike Ferry grabbed the first two wickets with ‘Boro struggling to get the ball off the square and failing to find the boundary at all in the first 20 overs. With wickets in the tent however, you can always expect a late flurry and 166-5 was a par score which gave both sides hope. All that was ended at tea as the heavens opened without a breath of wind to blow it away. However, the wind suddenly got up and the game resumed. The league rules meant that the game would end 10 overs after six o’clock, so it was obvious that if the batting side got the upper hand, the fielding side would slow down the over rate and if the bowlers got on top, the batters would shut up shop. In the event is was the latter after first James Evans fell flat on his posterior and comically ran out Matt Harling and then got out, followed by Sam Brown and Mike Ferry. In the end it was left to Alex Cunliffe to bore the pants off the ‘Boro fielders and bat out for the two points we would have had if we’d all gone home at the 12.30 start time.

 

PRESENTATION NIGHT

Make a note in your diary for Saturday 11th October.

 

 

 

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TEA TIME

Andy Tocher has taken on the role of tea rota organiser for 2014 and is doing a fantastic terrier-like job. There are only a few dates left, so in order to save the “usual suspects” from rolling up their sleeves and having to do an extra, please take a look at the updated list here and fill one of the gaps?

 

 

NORM’S WEATHER WATCH – take your pick

 

 

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