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SEPTEMBER 1st - MIXED FORTUNES ON SUNDAY
The firsts slumped to defeat at Littleborough on an Autumnal 1st day of September on Sunday, but the seconds managed a big win against Royton, a result that relegated the visitors. Chris Schofield again tormented the firsts with 80, but Cameron Murray smashed eleven fours out of his first 50 runs before falling for 64. The remaining batsmen toiled hard on a difficult scoring wicket, but batsmen were lost at vital times and nobody really got properly ‘in’ despite several getting into the teens after Cam and Ben Chapman (27) put on 88 for the third wicket. Will Davidson showed promise with 18 not out but the innings ended on 190 in the last over.

The seconds rattled up 270-4 at home to Royton with Jamie Royle scoring 73 and Ian Morris proving the value of good old Yorkshire coast air by celebrating his birthday visit to Scarborough by scoring 97 and then taking 5-35. Rico took two catches, described as stunning by Chris Lord as Royton were 178 all out and foundthemselves relegated to the championship for 2014.

Pics: a couple of Antipodean boundaries

 

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SEPTEMBER 8th - NORDEN TAKE THE SPOILS

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In a reversal of fortunes from last week, the firsts and seconds both lost on Sunday after the thirds grabbed a win on Saturday. Norden 1sts piled up the runs at Manchester Road on a dead wicket, rattling up 292 after being 150 off the first 21 overs. Cam and Lachie opened up to try to get a swift start and so they did with 60 on the board in just 6 overs, but Lachie went for 30 and then 4 wickets in 3 overs either side of drinks effectively ended the cause. When the skies turned dark yellow and the rain tippled down there were still 19 overs to go, but with 6 wickets down and still 150 needed, Messrs Duckworth & Lewis came down on the side of the visitors. The seconds managed only 160 at Norden and the hosts knocked off the runs with overs to spare.

Pics the players leave the pitch in the Stygian gloom. Cam smashes a maximum.

 

 

 

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FERRY GOOD
Michael Ferry finally showed his senior cricket credentials on Saturday with a match winning performance against Elton Vale for the thirds. He batted with a maturity that the club has being trying to squeeze out of him for some time in scoring his first senior half century and then taking it forward to score 83 before taking three wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 152. That left the thirds with a 58 run win after posting 210 after being 96-6 at one stage. The tail wagged nicely around Mike Ferry though after the early order played some inauspicious shots.

Pic Geoff Griff drives for four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 14th - HATS OFF TO FEZ

You wait ages for a bus then two come at once and Michael Ferry knows just how that feels as he followed up last week’s maiden senior half century with another against Thornham on Saturday that meant the thirds leapfrogged the visitors into third spot. His 53 in 36 balls put the icing on the cake after Chris Royle (47), Gary Royle (48) and Andy Lord (34) built a platform for a late run surge that took the score to 216-7. The bowling and fielding was once again a bit lacklustre but Fez (3-49) and Jack Barton (3-28) returned for second spells to finish off Thornham after a century partnership threatened to spoil the party. Alex Cunliffe had earlier opened up with four maidens in his six over spell that brought him a remarkable two wickets for two runs. The thirds complete the Clifton season and can cement third place next Sunday with a long trip to Saddleworth.

 

SEPTEMBER 15th - DUCK WEATHER

 

I suppose after the best summer weather for years, we should have expected that the weather would have the last word and it did with a vengeance on Sunday as the firsts’ and seconds’ final game was drowned out rather than washed out. Spare a thought for Lachie and Cam who were playing their last games before heading down under.

 

1st XI Premier
Final League Table 2013

P

OW

LW

D

T

L

LP

Pts

Agg

Walsden

28

14

4

5

0

5

3

99

197

Littleborough

28

10

6

5

0

7

1

85

185

Rochdale

28

10

4

5

0

9

4

80

171

Heywood

28

9

4

5

0

10

2

73

151

Norden

28

8

4

5

0

11

5

71

141

Clifton

28

9

1

5

0

13

4

63

131

Milnrow

28

3

2

5

0

18

4

37

108

Middleton

28

1

3

5

0

19

6

33

66

  2nd XI Premier
Final League Table 2013

P

OW

LW

D

T

L

LP

Pts

 

 

Walsden

28

13

5

4

0

6

5

98

 

Rochdale

28

14

2

5

0

7

3

91

 

Heywood

28

10

5

4

0

9

0

78

 

Norden

28

8

4

5

0

11

4

70

 

Clifton

28

9

2

5

0

12

5

68

 

Werneth

28

6

4

5

0

13

5

61

 

Royton

28

7

1

3

0

17

5

50

 

Middleton

28

4

0

5

0

19

3

33

 

 SEPTEMBER 22nd - http://www.cliftoncc.org.uk/home_page_files/image004.gifSAM’S THE MAN

Super Sam Dorsey gave us a taste of what to expect next season in the last game of 2013 on Sunday. However, the 3rd place finish was marred by a below par display in the field which eventually led to a three wicket defeat after a cracking good game in the baking late September sun at Saddleworth. Batting first, the thirds got off to a poor start despite 30 from Harry Southern and were in some bother at 69-6. However, 12 year old Sam was still there busy compiling a score and when AndyTocher was sportingly recalled to the wicket after being erroneously given out caught behind, the two started building what looked like a winning total. Sam eventually played a tired shot to midwicket for 65 and despite a late flurry of wickets, the skipper for the day remained to the end finishing 70 not out in a total of 186-9. Saddleworth’s opening bat then took a liking to the unfortunate Rico’s loose deliveries and smashed him to all parts. Mike Ferry and Alex Cunliffe tried to stem the flow with some success, but by then he was in the groove and chanced his luck with some chipped golf shots that frustratingly fell time after time into wide open spaces. However, you can’t take a match winning innings away from the young man and that’s what it became as he passed the hundred mark. Despite late success for the bowlers, including a couple for young Sam who refused to be intimidated by the big hitting, the match was fittingly finished by a huge six over the pavilion and into oblivion for the ball which will spend its winter nestling in the Saddleworth undergrowth. 

POS

TEAM

P

W5

WD4

T3

AB2

LD1

L

PTS

1

Rochdale 3rd XI

16

6

4

0

3

1

2

53

2

Royton 3rd XI

16

7

2

0

3

1

3

50

3

Clifton 3rd XI

16

5

1

0

4

3

3

40

4

Thornham 3rd XI

16

4

2

0

4

1

5

37

5

Elton Vale 2nd XI

16

6

0

0

2

0

8

34

6

Saddleworth 3rd XI

16

3

1

0

7

0

5

33

7

Littleborough 3rd XI

16

4

1

0

4

0

7

32

8

Littleborough Lakeside 2nd XI

16

4

1

0

3

1

7

31

9

Prestwich 3rd XI

16

4

1

0

2

0

9

28