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4TH - The seconds stole the plaudits on Sunday, grinding out a much needed win on a very ‘sporting’ wicket at Rochdale. However, for the third time in four games the firsts were beaten in a game they could easily have won. Only Walsden have truly deserved their win over the firsts this season and they clawed their way back brilliantly to restrict Rochdale to 214-6 after staring down the barrel of a massive score for the early part of the innings. All the bowlers and fielders deserve credit for the way they starved the Rochdale line up despite their getting a wonderful platform up to the drinks interval. Dean Morris and Rob Reade bowled with particular meanness on a decent track at the death. Chris Lord the rolled back the years with a swashbuckling 35 in no time, but once he went, the rest of the line up couldn’t get out of second gear and despite a promising knock from Dean Morris, couldn’t quite even manage the 161 needed for the bonus point.
It was a different tale at Rochdale where the seconds had to graft hard on a poor wicket to grind out 155 with Moz, Chris Royle, James Evans and Liam Dorsey all getting into the 20s. Three quick wickets saw the hosts at 30-3 but a dogged partnership threatened to spoil the prospect of a first win for Mozzer’s men. However, the bowlers stuck at it and two wickets in two balls from Danny Hill opened the gate and Rob Meredith with four wickets and Liam and Danny with three each finished off Rochdale with 11 runs to spare.
The thirds follow in the seconds’ footsteps tomorrow (Monday) with their own outing to the ‘Dale.
WALSDEN EASE TO DOUBLE WIN
The firsts batting let them down in a big way on Saturday as they were well beaten at champions Walsden. Batting first they could only amass 92 runs with Joe Brown top scoring with 32 after nobody else had been able to come to terms with the hosts varied bowling attack. Thilina started cautiously before opening up with a couple of fours and a six in quick succession before playing too early next ball and skying a catch to mid off. Greg got an early wicket well snaffled by the pro but that was as good as it got with Callum Parkinson’s wicket coming too late to cause any collywobbles.
Cheets drives nicely but is caught at cover
The seconds had an even more frustrating day despite racking up 254 with Ian Morris and Liam Dorsey scoring big half centuries. The Walsden reply started furiously but wickets fell at good times for Mozzer’s side. However, the fifth wicket partnership proved crucial and despite ringing the bowling changes, Walsden eased to victory with over seven overs to spare.
Moz and Rob look for some answers but all their experience was to no avail
TON UP TROUBLES
Amazingly, the club’s second centurion of the season also ended up on the losing side as James Evans’ chanceless century at Rochdale was in vain as the thirds’ 100% went south after a four run defeat. Rochdale were restricted to 170 all out and that looked too little as Nick Flaxman’s side reached 120-2 with the drizzle creating wet ball problems for the home side. However there followed some very immature shot selection and poor decision making in the face of what should have been very little real pressure and the end result was that the other nine batsmen managed only 61 runs to add to Jim’s 105 before he perished with four balls to go. Earlier, the fielding had once again been spot on with Alex Cunliffe providing a direct hit for the best of two run outs. The bowling was patchy in the middle section of the innings but it was good to see Rico abandoning his books to produce a promising spell.
James on his way to his “century on the losing side”
ROCKIN’ RON GOES DOWN IN HISTORY
Many of you will have seen Look North or read in the press about Wirral CC’s unfortunate day out when they managed to score just 3 between them in a Cheshire League game. What you may not have realised is that former Cliftoner Ronnie Gambles was part of the unfortunate Wirral side on the day. Needless to say, with two of the runs being extras, Ron was one of the ten duckees with no 11 finishing 1 not out.
NO, IT WASN’T QUITE THIS BAD, but both games were called off on both days on the weekend of the 10th & 11th, but at least the CLL have decided to re-play the Sunday games after they decided early on Sunday morning that no games would take place. The replay date is probably Saturday September 6th.
CUP WOES AS BOTH SIDES BOW OUT
The firsts just can’t buy a win at the moment and despite setting themselves up for an imposing total at 130-3 with almost twenty overs left with Maz coming good and Dean Morris batting better than we’ve seen all season. However, the jinx struck and Maz was run out for 70 shortly before Deano reached his own half century. Young Moz the watched as partners came and went, finishing on 198 and wasting a full over of the innings. The game was then effectively sealed as an opening partnership in excess of 150 ended the game despite two late wickets. Moz senior also got himself another half century as the seconds posted 200 at Royton with Chris Lord following up Friday evening’s performance with another 40. However, the bowlers failed to fire with only Rob Meredith posing any sort of threat as the home side achieved a comfortable six wicket win. So, where from here? The firsts need a win, a lucky break, anything to boost flagging confidence. The seconds are a good side and should be doing better but Moz is finding it hard to field anything like the same side two games in a row due to unavailability. It’s backs to the wall time.
Oh dear, the look on Maz’s face tells it all as he’s run out
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CIRCLE PROGRESS IN KNOCKOUT
The first team’s customary fixture pile up was averted again as round 2 proved the usual end to the National Knockout adventure on Friday evening. The best day of the summer so far had dissolved into some slightly misty overcast and humid conditions by start time as Farnworth SC launched immediately into the unfortunate Boz who conceded 16 from the first over. Opener David Tonge eventually proved to be the difference between the sides as the bowling attack clawed their way back into contention to restrict the visitors to a nice round 150. The fielding of the Clifton youngsters was a joy to behold at times with Callum Parkinson being particularly outstanding and at the other end of the scale, forty-something Chris Lord taking an absolute stunner on the long off boundary. The Clifton batting though lacked the early violence shown by the visitors and despite Lordy’s plucky 47 against his boyhood club, the side went down by 20 runs.
THIRDS RECOVER FROM ROCHDALE BLIP
The third team’s four run defeat to Rochdale proved to be a blip as they registered a comfortable win against Thornham. The match saw a double set of debutants at either end of the scale with 38 year old Shuja Rashid dusting off his whites after a three year gap having played previously in the Ribblesdale League and 14 year old Joe Parker bringing his refreshing leg spin into a senior game for the first time. Pleasing the two bowled a long spell in tandem and both registered their first senior wicket after Andy Lord had quickly taken out the top three, all caught behind by Gary Royle. To restrict them to 135-5 on a good wicket with a very quick outfield was some achievement, especially as the opener batted right through the 45 overs but just couldn’t find enough bad balls to punish. After losing Chris Royle for 11, Lordy and Mike Ferry then put together a match winning partnership and despite a late gaggle of wickets, unlikely hero Jack Barton smashed a quick 23 to seal a five wicket win.