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BORO BURIED

There was double joy on Saturday as the firsts and seconds both racked up wins against Littleborough. Despite Mass’s failure, Will Davidson (65) stepped up to the mark and Callum Parkinson (66) returned to form with Joe Brown chipping in with 36 as an imposing 256-8 was set. Cheets, Dean and Ben then captured three wickets as a potentially expensive drop of last month’s matchwinner Chris Schofield was averted and a 33 run victory secured. The early season misery of a single T20 win at Radcliffe from the first 12 competitive games are now a distant memory as a Lancs Knockout place is now firmly within grasp. A weakened second XI won the toss at Littleborough and Chris Lord (44) got them off to a decent start grafting runs through the thick, lush outfield grass. Sam Dorsey and Ian Morris then scored 22 apiece as the score moved past 100. A middle order collapse then left the side in some peril at 145-7 but Jack Barton and V.V.S. Flaxman hung around for a while to take the score to 170 at tea. Those runs proved vital as a six run victory was achieved with Barty, Rash and Alex Cunliffe sharing the wickets.

Sadly, it was a different story on Sunday as the thirds found Prestwich too hot to handle in the Hodson Cup Final, going down to an 87 run defeat at East Lancs Paper Mills. It started brightly enough with two early wickets but the batsman who had tormented the side in the earlier league game, took a liking to ELPM’s short boundaries and peppered 116 not out in a match winning knock. In reply the early order quickly folded and Nick Flaxman’s  side then crumbled to 99 all out to end the cup run in disappointing fashion. The firsts had to settle for two points as, yet again, the weather prevented any play at Werneth and a much weakened 2nd XI did well to post 183 at Manchester Road, but were staring down the barrel with 23 overs remaining and the visitors on 117-1 when the last shilling went through my meter.

 

 

 

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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?

 

 

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