September 1st

2nds secure cup and league double

Ian Morris’s side wrapped up the Burton Cup at the third attempt on Wednesday in a topsy-turvy game. On Monday evening, when the heavens opened, Middleton would have been more than happy in restricting their hosts to 143 with man-of-the-match James Evans scoring 58 and nobody else getting beyond 13. In a score of 143, the 20 extras conceded by Middleton proved more than useful. Night 2 belonged to Mozzer’s boys as Middleton collapsed dramatically to 41-7 with Rob Meredith taking four wickets for four runs in eight overs. There was something of a kick in the tail on night 3 as Rob Bennett and Tommy Astley put on 30 for the 7th wicket and the Mo Sohail crashed a rapid 26 which took the score to three figures. However, the lads were not to be denied and in gathering gloom, Danny Hill cartwheeled the last man’s stump and the double was secured.  See the album here



September 5th

What a turn-up!

There was a remarkable reversal in fortunes on Sunday as the firsts elevated themselves out of reach of bottom placed Royton in a game of just 150 runs and the seconds took their eye off the ball and were well beaten by Werneth.

It looked like a case of “here we go again” as the firsts crashed from 60-1 (Sam Dorsey 29) to 84 all out, but on a wicket described as being like part of the outfield, Gareth Cross trundled up from six paces and found just the right formula to destroy the home side’s line-up for just 66. Supported by debutant under 15 Sarfraz Jan (3-16) Crossy picked up seven Royton wickets for just 25 runs to take his total to 67 for the season – not bad for a wicketkeeper, as former teammate and good friend Paul Horton (deputy pro for Royton) found out when he was castled by Crossy as he attempted a leave. “Saf” added to the plethora of young talent available next season, as the club moves on into another phase of its existence.


The seconds looked more than a little under the weather at home to Werneth as “after the Lord Mayor’s Show” kicked in with a vengeance. The batting and bowling looked lacklustre and even though Werneth tried to gift them the game with dropped catches that may have reached double figures, they only managed to post 193 (Chris Thorpe 49). That should have been enough though, but in fairness, the visitors batted well and took advantage of some quite friendly bowling to secure a five wicket win. Even Rob Reliable could only manage one (his 52nd of the season).



September 6th

Phil Royle’s under 18s added a third trophy to the two won by the second team, as they beat Littleborough by 50 runs in the Taylor Cup Final. This was their second Taylor cup success in three consecutive finals. Clifton made a healthy 223 with Sam Dorsey 50no, Will Davidson 45, Joe Brown 40, Alex Cunliffe 22, Chris Royle 19 and Harry Southern 16. Paul Greenhalgh, Rob Lord, Sam Dorsey and Sarfraz Jan all picked up useful wickets to see Littlebro bowled out for 187. Davidson was named man of the match for his runs, tight bowling and superb run out and catch.

PHIL & SAF, the idea is to look at the camera – oh and smile.






What ANOTHER turn-up!

For the second week in a row there was a remarkable reversal in fortunes as the luckless thirds and firsts both won and the seconds went down to a second successive defeat. The firsts bowled and fielded well and with Cheets finding pace and bounce and Crossy bowling his usual wicket-to-wicket nibblers, Unsworth struggled to put together a meaningful partnership until the fifth wicket pair put on 81. 14 year old Sarfraz Jan (pic) was selected again after his three wickets last week but was less effective this week as Unsworth closed on 161-7. Sam & Will didn’t end the season as they had completed August, with both back in the pavilion with 17 on the board, but there appeared to be none of the usual jitters as Crossy reached 50 with a massive six (pic) and went on to score 87 as the Unsworth total was surpassed with 20 overs to spare.



The seconds struggle to bat with any fluency at Unsworth and could only manage 148-8 in the 50 overs. Ian Morris top scored with 28 and three players scored 21. Robert Lord was one of those and he went on to capture three Unsworth wickets as well as they struggled to 95-6. However, the sixth and seventh wicket pairs gritted their way to victory as the double winning season ended in defeat.



The thirds strangled the life out of the Royton batting line-up and they could only manage 115-7 in their full 40 overs. Gary Royle, Chris Royle, Danny Ainscough and Andy Tocher then all scored in the twenties to secure the win.