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cross 6.jpgPerhaps the most positive aspect of Saturday’s fourth straight win and a table topping performance that opened a nice little gap between Crossy’s men and the chasing pack, was the fact that there are contributions coming from the whole team which is making it all possible. Furthermore, the talents of Liam Hurt, Will Davidson and Adam Rodzoch have not been fully utilised so far, suggesting that there is more in the tank. This week it was the skipper who stepped up to the plate with a belligerent innings that started with four boundaries in one over and never looked back until he had reached 101. That moment when the boundary catch was taken was the only blemish on an innings that epitomised how a batsman should dominate a bowling attack. He was once again well supported by Joe McCann (23) and James Evans(15) before the innings fell away disappointingly to 212 despite a nice cameo from Greg (11) at the death, that reminded us all that he can bat. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, when the Flixton openers caused mayhem, attacking the bowling like they were chasing 400, not 212. After 22 deliveries, they were 37-0 having scored seven 4s and a six and had they then composed themselves to chase the remaining 175 at 3.5 an over, should have won in a canter. However, it was the Clifton captain and his bowlers that maintained their composure as Greg once again ground his way back into his rhythm and completed his 15 over spell with three more wickets. Crossy will have slept well having bowled 14 overs to add to his two hours at the crease and then Matt Wright, stepping in admirably once again to accommodate Steve Cheetham’s work pattern, chipped in with two in a mean spell that negated a couple of worrying late partnerships. How nice it was as well, to see two left arm spinners bowling in tandem towards the end of the innings that was mopped up by Liam Hurt who was just too much for Flixton’s somewhat startled late order. How nice it was too, to see the Flixton lads playing pool and darts and chatting cricket with Crossy’s boys until after darkness engulfed the ground.

It’s a rare double header weekend next week with a trip to the new Lostock grounds on Sunday in the Lancashire Knockout.

 

Chris Lord couldn’t help his beaming countenance as he heralded a ‘complete performance’ from the seconds who have forgotten early season reverses and lined up three successive, very convincing, victories. With player availability at an all time high, the pressure on all the team to keep their place is producing some very one-sided outcomes as Denton West became the latest victims. Even the most ardent West supporter would have to admit that their side were never once in the game, despite 64 from Matt Lowndes, one of only two to make double figures as the home side were bowled out for 113. Four bowlers shared the spoils with Liam Dorsey’s 3-12 catching the eye and Rob Reade continuing his purple patch with 3-36. His batting exploits of recent weeks were not required on the day however, as Chris Lord (67*) aided by 23 extras, guided his side to a six wicket win with almost 20 overs to spare. It’s Dukinfield next up, who share an identical record with Lordy’s team who are now only four points from an unlikely top spot in the table.

 

With Edgworth rather troublingly unable to raise a third XI, Nick’s men had week four off and with the side out of the cup, there’s unfortunately no fixture for two more weeks.

 

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The firsts remained top of the pile but lost their unbeaten record in a rain affected contest at Denton West. The home side made better use of the conditions with bat and ball, posting 162-6 in the 26 overs available and making use of some inconsistent bowling. A lot of the batting was agricultural but effective as anything short and especially over-pitched was summarily dispatched. Fortunately, the later batsmen were not able to continue the same rate, but nevertheless, 162 represented a chase that was compiled at more than a run a ball. Adam Holt and Will Davidson created a good base with 40 in 8 overs and Sam Dorsey played the perfect support innings of 41 in 40 balls, but sadly nobody was able to stay with him as the home side’s bowlers exploited the variable bounce and movement in a way that ours hadn’t and the innings fizzled out at 130 off the penultimate ball of the innings.

 

lord6.jpgLordy’s legends made it four on the bounce with the skipper playing the sort of belligerent innings that Crossy played last week as he peppered the Clifton boundary during a 130 run chase in a game of 25 overs per side. He finished with 90 not out in 72 balls, with more than fifty coming in boundaries. Chris Royle watched on in bemusement at the other end, as he contributed nine to an opening partnership of 69. Earlier, the bowlers had tried manfully to contain a Dukinfield batting line up that seemed to relish a 25 over thrash as they put on 60 for the first wicket. Lordy moved his bowlers around well though and stopped them getting away, taking wickets at vital times. The final eight wicket margin may have been a touch flattering but with three overs to spare in a shortened game, it was convincing nonetheless as the team, despite losing its first two games, moved effortlessly into a lofty third place in the table.

 

 

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The much anticipated top-of-the-table clash with Woodbank turned out to be a damp squib as the side produced their worst performance of the season in a rain affected defeat. The only bright spot was a much awaited return to form for Will Davidson (52*) who carried his bat through the DLS affected innings that fell well short of Woodbank’s 216-7.

 

There was a poor batting performance from the seconds as well and despite the bowlers turning the match into a thriller, the half century from Elton Vale’s number 3 proved the difference as Lordy’s men went down to an agonising one wicket defeat. The 108 posted was a poor effort with Nick Flaxman (26) top scoring and despite 5-25 from Rob Meredith, it became a double weekend of league defeats for the club.

 

It was a different story on Sunday however, as cup weekend descended on the club. Droylsden, complete with mini-bus full of fans, arrived at Manchester Road for the 1st round tie and batted first. It didn’t start well for the 2nd division side who found themselves 4-2 in the fifth over. However, they rallied well before losing four wickets for 25 in reaching 102-6. To their credit, they rallied again and eventually posted a respectable 164 with Steve Cheetham (3-38) providing the best bowling figures. There the contests effectively ended as Will Davidson (54) and Adam Holt (68*), aided and abetted by 39 wides, took the score to within one run of the visitor’s score before Will, appearing to try to hit the ball into Swinton Precinct, was bowled. That was the last ball of the over and Holty dispatched the next one for four, so Crossy didn’t even face a ball in the nine wicket win.

The seconds registered, if anything, an even more impressive nine wicket victory at Winton. The home side posted 184-9 on Winton’s usual flat surface with Rob Reade taking 4-35 and Liam Dorsey bowling a mean ten overs, taking 2-21. Ben Sykes, standing in for Chris Royle and Chris Lord, then set about reaching the total with a plethora of runs that saw Ben (33) out in the eighth over with 60 already on the board. Dan Ainscough (66*) continued the punishment and Chris Lord (56*) was starved of the strike (he says) and took on a watching brief from the non-striker’s end as the 187 required were posted in the 27th over.

 

 

 

 

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