July 4th & 5th


3rds off the mark at last

The rain spoiled what looked like being a great finish at Norden as the 2s posted 215 after a shaky start at Norden. The innings revolved around James Evans (94) who made it 200+ for the weekend after the normally solid early order capitulated to 26-3. He was supported by several middle and lower order batsmen before Rob Reliable got the response under way with an early wicket. With rain making a weekday return almost certain, unavailable Greg Jennings was shoved into the attack early and got through his ten overs for 28 runs. Shuja grabbed another at 60, but the hosts held out until the light went at 70-2. The game is therefore in the balance with Mozzer’s men possibly holding the advantage as the Norden batsmen will have to re-group and start their innings at least one more time.


The thirds got their first win at last and it was the two players put in because they needed time at the crease who did the business with James Evans smashing 124 and Sam Dorsey 75. Fothergill had no answer and were all out for 79 with Barty taking four wickets.


On Sunday, the rain intervened but Lakeside refused to make a game of the contest by batting their full overs rather than declare, despite Nick Flaxman using bowlers he wouldn’t normally use simply to get through overs quickly. The depleted side containing two under 13s plus Dave Wild and Steve Birch ripped out of comfortable retirement were then left a maximum of 27 overs to get 194. Both will struggle to get out of bed today after Wildy scored 50* and kept wicket and Birchy bowled 12 tidy overs. Despite the situation, Wildy was ‘sledged’ by numb fielders, accusing him of batting slowly. Mike Ferry also scored 50* as the two put together an entertaining unbeaten partnership, finishing on 145-3.

July 9th

The much delayed Burton Cup finally resumed on the Thursday night and what a thriller it turned out to be with the game switching this way and that before finally landing firmly in Norden’s favour with three balls remaining. How they managed to blow it needing two to win off three balls, with Patterson on 59 facing Rob Reade who’d already conceded 31 off 4.3 overs is anyone’s guess, but they did as he lobbed a catch to Andy Tocher and the new batsman couldn’t manage  anything but a run out off the last two balls to leave Ian Morris looking at a semi final having triumphed by just one run.


July 11th




Walsden 1sts escaped from Manchester Road with the points on Saturday but again they had to work hard for their spoils in the top v bottom clash and this time had to rely on the extra two players, Duckworth and Lewis to ensure the win. Batting first, young Sam Dorsey produced a masterclass in opening batsmanship that belies his 14 years as he compiled 124 runs with Gareth Cross (71) scoring his maiden 1st XI half century on the way. The final total of 204 was maybe a little under par, but the subsequent rain and the reduction in the total to 179 meant that the skipper could not use his slow bowling options. If Walsden pro Karunaratime had been bowling with a sopping wet ball, he would not have been able to bowl 20 overs for 54 and Dean Morris would have been able to bowl Joe McCann and himself and keep Greg Jennings, who took the first four wickets, on for longer. However, it wasn’t to be and the positives are that it didn’t ever for one second look like a top v bottom clash and Sam Dorsey just gets better and better.


The seconds maintained their 100% record with a stunning seven wicket success over 2nd placed Walsden and open up an astonishing 18 point gap over them with a game in hand. The only disappointment was Ian Morris finishing 98 not out after the home bowlers bowled 26 wides. The juvenile behaviour towards Mozzer whilst he batted is also something that nobody will miss next season. Amazingly Rob Meredith finished with a fat zero in the wickets column showing the depth available as rash took the first four and then Danny Hill contributed two and a run out and Rob Reade three as the hosts posted 214. There were a full twelve overs left when the winning runs came, with Jim Ainscough (42) and Chris Thorpe (30) supporting moz very well.


The thirds match against Prestwich next week will be away from home as the seconds will be in cup semi-final action at Manchester Road following the thrilling one run win on Thursday (seen club news).






July 18th

2nds March On

A second Burton Cup Final beckons

It’s probably a bit unfair to say that Sunday’s cup triumph over Littleborough shows the gulf that’s openend between premier league and championship, as the 156 run margin of victory for Mozzer’s men over unbeaten Littleborough was possibly a bit flattering. However the way that the side dismantled the championhip leaders, who have a full house of twelve 5 point championship wins under their belts, better even than Mozzer’s 58 out of 60 points, was utterly ruthless and brutal. Boro were definatley up for it with Jim Ainscough going early, followed by Moz himself and James Evans. Even Chris Lord was riding his luck alarmingly, but once the change bowlers wer brought into play, Lordy (63) and Liam Dorsey (68) put together a partnership of 96 to ease the nerves. Still the visitors weren’t done though as they produced another burst which saw the score dissolve to 188-7 with two new batsmen at the crease. However, Rash and Danny played a couple of overs back before unleashing a whirlwind of boundaries that saw them score 51 in under 5 overs. Rash then completed a well deserved 50 off the last ball and the innings closed on an imposing 264-8

‘Boro looked shellshocked and the openers immediately started playing shots that you wouldn’t normally expect them to try until ten or fifteen overs were on the board. The pressure of the huge total proved too great and wickets tumbled at regular intervals. All five bowlers tasted success with Andy Lord picking up 4-9 at the death. Saturday’s 6 wicket hero Liam Dorsey didn’t even get to bowl and neither did Rob Reade who performed so well in the earlier rounds. The innings finally closed on Littleborough’s last visit to Clifton with the scoreboard showing 108. Properly though (and unlike others) their players stuck around for a drink and a chat after the game.


The thirds visited what has often been a third XI graveyard at Prestwich with a young fresh looking side and came away with an exciting four run victory. Ben Sykes scored his maiden senior 50 – he really does look like a good prospect - and the other batsmen chipped in to post 197. With runs to play with, Nick Flaxman was able to lob up some missiles and he collected four wickets, but despite that, it took a late two wicket burst from Barty to secure the points when the hosts looked like they had the game in the bag. 


PICS Shuja launches one into the road….Greg finishes the game.


More pics of the Clifton innings  here


Pics of the Littleborough innings here


From being unable to buy a win, suddenly the firsts became “best performance we’ve seen down here” in the words of Rochdale supporters after a comprehensive win in their final visit to Redbrook. With both openers back in the hutch for Cheetham inspired ducks, there remained the spectre of Wes Lansdale, whom Gareth Cross describes as the best pro in the League. He coasted to fifty before an element of luck combined with quick thinking by James Evans behind the stumps, resulted in a stumping as the unfortunate Lansdale lost his bearings as the ball looped into the air. On a good pitch, Dean Morris then bowled a mean spell and grabbed a couple of wickets and Rochdale closed on 202-6. The opening pair of Will Davidson and Sam Dorsey, who’s combined ages add up to just 31, the made the sort of measured start that has been missing for most of the season before Will fell to a spectacular catch at mid-on with the score on 56. Gareth Cross came in at three and held together the innings with 86 not out on a track which he described as the best of the season. It was also appropriate that the skipper was there at the close of the seven wicket win which should give them confidence for the rest of the season.

Pics: Dean bowled well. Will holes out. More pics here.


The seconds simply continued to do what they’ve done all season with another terrific all round display against the ‘dale. There may have been a few frowns around the TCS network when Rochdale posted 228 with Liam Dorsey wiping out the tail with 6-42 when it looked like they’d be chasing quite a few more. Dors’ spell showed the depth of resources with the usually reliable seam attack picking up only 3 wickets for 177 runs. Any misgivings amongst the followers was not evident in the dressing room as Chris Lord and Chris Thorpe put on 79 for the first wicket and Lordy went on to score 109 and reaching almost 700 runs with the season barely half way through. Ian Morris weighed in with 65 not out in a partnership of 138 to take his tally to within a whisker of 500 as his side coasted to an eight wicket win with 7 overs to spare.