The stalwart efforts of Bill Dorsey and Andy Barton at Bamford Fieldhouse meant that both firsts and seconds got games in with the firsts managing to start on time and as a result, pick up the maximum six points and a league double against the ‘noisy neighbours’ from Roe Green. The seconds also won but were only able to secure five points as the game started late.
At Clifton, the positive influence exerted by Haseeb Hameed upon Adam Holt continued after the bowlers had terrorised the Roe Green batsmen into submission on the damp wicket. Liam Hurt was chief executioner with a remarkable 4-14 off 12 overs but he was well supported by Ryan Barker (3-38) and Gareth Cross (2-26) as the Green were sent tumbling to tea with just 83 on the board, a total achieved in almost 37 overs. Haseeb (42no) and Adam (37) then took the score to within three of victory before the latter was dismissed. Gareth came to the crease to follow up on his century at the Green in the reverse fixture and faced just one ball as Haseeb crashed the first ball of the next over for the winning boundary. The result opens a seven-point gap to the relegation places and a win against bottom side Royton next week should ensure Premier League status in the new GMCL set up next season.
1st XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/769912/1st_innings
A somewhat depleted 2nd XI secured a workmanlike win at Bamford Fieldhouse in a game reduced to 26 overs. The two Robs, Reade and Meredith, surprisingly failed to break through as the home side took first knock, but the introduction of Dave Dempster and Husty Uryakhel, both broke through the partnership and slowed down the scoring rate with Husty conceding just nine in his five over spell. The final total of 108-6 was achieved at a fraction over four an over and Jim Ainscough and Chris Lord provided the platform with a stand of 23 in four overs before Jim was unluckily adjudged lbw. Liam Dorsey (32) and Dave Dempster (27no) then secured the seven wickets win with a couple of overs to spare. The result opened an eleven-point gap over the two clubs in 2nd and 3rd place with four games remaining.
2nd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/770068/1st_innings
Pic: Zach Flaxman takes a smart legside catch to
dismiss the dangerous Mel Austin. (In other words, “Howzat Dad?”, “That’s out Son!”)
With Saturday proving to be yet another wash-out, the firsts gained a two point advantage over Woodhouses who somehow managed to get a game in and lost.
That changed the focus to Sunday and the 2nd XIs first tilt at silverware in the Premier Cup Final against 2nd Division opponents in Prestwich. Sadly, a succession of factors contributed to a disappointing defeat in an exciting match in which both sides refused to let the weather dampen the tension. Having lost the toss, the advantage of batting second was key for Prestwich and when the batting line up failed to get to grips with the difficult conditions and were bowled out for a disappointing 90, that advantage was cemented. Prestwich started well but the introduction of spin changed the impetus. David Dempster struck in his first over as did Sam Dorsey and Prestwich, from 33-0, suddenly found themselves 61-6 with DD taking 4-14 in his 9 overs and Sam 2-15 in 8. However, the rain did have the final word as two breaks not only reduced the target (albeit only by three runs), but turned the ball to a piece of soap which the returning medium pacers found it hard to manage and seventh and eighth wicket partnerships of thirteen and fourteen saw the opponents limp home. The ‘wide’ count of twenty to Prestwich’s three was also crucial in such a low scoring game, but it was tough on Jim Ainscough’s young side that contained six junior players, but they will now turn their focus to winning the league title and an enhanced place in the new 2020 GMCL set-up.
2nd XI Cup Final Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/769105/1st_innings
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