The 1st XI had no game as Norbury conceded at home. It now looks like they may too fold during the season, furthering the agony for ourselves and other teams in our league.
The 2nd XI collapsed in dramatic fashion at a muggy Holm Lane to fellow promotion rivals Saughall in a game that that saw them drop from top spot down to fourth as a result.
Batting first the home side found the going tough from the start and runs proved very difficult to come by as Saughall, taking advantage of the cancellation of their first team fixture, bowled very tightly. The opening duo of Carl Brannon and John Orr put on 26 for the first wicket in 38 minutes and 12 over’s before was caught by T Roberts off the bowling of Alan Roberts
(14-8-12-5) for 8. Stu Barr (1) was unable to repeat the heroics of his last two innings falling very soon after bowled by Roberts. Danny Berkson, also in fine form of late, occupied the crease with Brannon for a while but just as looked like they may have broken the shackles Brannon (15) was bowled by Roberts. Berkson (7) holed out to L Langmead at Mid On off the bowling of Mike Andrews (15-4-25-4) and then Dave Gallwey was trapped LBW off the very next ball and Peter Fearon (1) went the same way 2 over’s later. Dave Roscoe was caught by T Mann off Roberts for a duck, Sam Cotgrave was run out by A Thomas without scoring and then Andrews mopped up the tail end bowling Rob Barr and having David Buey caught at Mid Off by M Axon, neither of them troubling the scorer as they slumped to 50 all out off just 29 over’s. Paul Taylor was left high and dry on 5 NO.
In reply Saughall too found it slow going and at 26 for 1, Danny Berkson (8-2-21-1) claiming the wicket of T Roberts (12), were in similar territory as the Old Parks attack tried to redeem something from the game. John Orr (9-2-16-1) then had M Axon (5) caught at Extra Cover by Robbie Barr but any hope of a famous victory was short lived as M Barrow (16 NO) and A Thomas (14 NO) took the visitors past the required total within 20 over’s. Stu Barr returned figures of 2-0-10-0.
It was a hugely disappointing result and uncharacteristic for the way the seconds have played over the course of the campaign so far.
Team: Brannon+, Orr, Barr S, Berkson D, Fearon, Gallwey, Taylor, Roscoe, Cotgrave, Barr R and Buey*
Scorer: Chris Beckett