A mixed weekend for the 1st team. Saturday saw them pick up a good win in the league against Burnley. Batting first we made 200, built around 66 from George Linde with Brad Fielding making a handy 43 and the tail chipping in with useful runs. We then bowled out Burnley for 127 with the pro finishing with 5 for 46 off 15 overs. Not so good news on Sunday in the LCB cup game when we were comprehensively beaten by Norden, finally losing by 102 runs – as they say out of one cup allows us to concentrate on the league. The 2nds had a weekend to forget, suffering a 6 wicked defeat despite a fighting 55 from skipper Dale Gabriel. For slightly more detail see the succinct match report.
1st XI Saturday 25/05/19 Home v Middleton 1pm
On Saturday the 1st team are playing in the Worsley Cup 2nd round following a bye in round one. We are hosting Middleton who are currently third in Division 2. In last year’s league fixture, we picked up 12 points after bowling Middleton out for 132 with pro Werner Coetsee taking 5 for 16. We reached the required total with just 2 wickets to spare having been 59 for 7 at one point. The runs came from JJ (22), Martin Cropper (34) and Trigger with 37 not out to see us home. Middleton have retained last year’s pro Chris Williams. Last season Chris made just over 600 runs at 30 and took 47 wickets at 17.38. He is a right-hand bat and medium fast right arm bowler.
1st Team Selection
1st XI Sunday 26/05/19 Away v Walsden 1pm
On Sunday we travel to last year’s champions Walsden. Last season we lost at Walsden after being bowled out for 189. Tom Parton made 51 with Seni scoring 60. Walsden knocked off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets with Josh Gale scoring an impressive 106 not out. Sri Lankan Umesh Karunaratne is the pro again this season. He scored over 660 runs last season averaging over 60 together with 72 wickets at 12.11. He is a right-hand bat who bowls right arm off breaks. For travelling supporters Walsden’s post code is OL14 7SX – turn right after the bridge rather than left for Todmorden. It’s about a 30-minute drive. Walsden have won 3 of their 5 league fixtures this season and are 7th on 35 points.
1st Team Selection- as Saturday
2nd XI Saturday 25/05/19 Away v Enfield 1pm
The 2nd team travel to Enfield on Saturday in the Lancashire Telegraph Cup. We lost to Enfield in the league last year making 223 all out chasing 255 to win. Jonny Dack made 59 and Michael Howarth 35. Enfield’s 254 included 120 for Yasir Ali and Chris Round took 2 for 3 in his 10 overs. For anyone planning a trip to watch Enfield’s post code is BB5 4DQ. The ground is just off Whalley Road and is a 20-minute drive.
2nd Team Selection
2nd XI Sunday 26/05/19 Home v Walsden 1pm
In the reverse fixture the 2nd team are up against Walsden on Sunday. Last year’s match was played at Acre Bottom in early June. Walsden batted first and made 178 all out with 3 wickets apiece for Chris Round and Alex Olpin. Rammy reached their target in under 35 overs thanks to Brad Fielding’s 105 not out off 75 balls and Nick Round’s more sedate 43.
2nd Team Selection
3rd Team – Monday 27 May Away v Nelson 1 pm
The 3rds area at Seedhill on Bank Holiday Monday. Seedhill is about 25 minutes away just off the M65 – BB9 7TY. Last season Nelson ended up 4th in Pool B winning 5 of their 11 games. This season they have won 2 out of 3 matches and are third, just behind Rammy in the table. The 3rds did not play Nelson last season.
3rd Team Selection