Another good weekend for the Mount
Final place secured with victory at Little Lever
After a week of high tension with the county junior teams it was back to adult cricket over the weekend. Currently my club Greenmount head the Bolton League by quite a margin, but as I am the eternal pessimist I remain anxious - an almost permanent malady of mine.
Two victories over the weekend saw the Mount on Saturday maintain their strong position at the top of the table, and then on Sunday progress through to the Hamer Cup final for the second year on the trot, As Bomber's dad said yesterday though both performances over the weekend resulted in victory but however not without extremely high levels of anxiety for supporters. If it continues this way I made need to resort to valium. On Saturday at Horwich, Stewie took 6 wickets and number one son 4 to dismiss Horwich for just 104. We made our usual good start but then lost Bomber when we seemed in control. Disaster then struck with Plon living up to his nickname being involved in a most bizarre run out. The middle order than succumbed to a major collapse and at 60 for 6 the Mount looked doomed. Enter number one son to join the pro. Sense then seemed to prevail and apart for a hairy moment when the pro was dropped the pair took the Mount to victory.
A similar pattern followed on Sunday at Little Lever in the Hamer Cup Semi-Final. Another sunny day, and a good crowd saw Greenmount restrict Little Lever to 177 for 8 off their 50 overs. It was generally felt that this was well within Greenmount's reach. Plon and Bomber set about the Little Lever bowling and looked in little trouble. The Mount topped the 100 mark without loss and the nerves were settled. But !!! Bomber got to 50 and then got out. The Little Lever pro switched ends and started to look menacing. Plon fell soon after and our pro soon after that. Danny Metcalfe was joined by Woolly who is not renowned for his patience. He left soon after trying to blast the Little Lever pro into Radcliffe. He was replaced by Keegy. Between them Danny and Keegy slowly but surely began to calm the nerves of the Mount supporters. A strange thing then happened. Umpire Karen Knott gave an LBW decision and Keegy departed the scene. His replacement was Danny Hornby who has similar levels of patience to Woolly. He decided to play the pro as per Woolly by attempting to hit him further than Radcliffe. He failed badly but somehow or other each time he missed the ball which fortunately also missed the wicket. Somehow miraculously his wicket remained intact. At the other end Danny Metcalfe had shown great skill and patience and steadily we moved towards the necessary total. Victory by 5 wickets was confirmed by Danny who hit two massive sixes high over the Little Lever skyline. Well done everyone.
What lies ahead for this week? Tomorrow our U12’s are at Urmston facing the White Rose in their final game before travelling to Taunton for their Festival. On Wednesday I will be at Sefton Park with RP and the Under 14’s for their match against Cheshire. Thursday sees me putting on my JP outfit and heading towards Bury Magistrates Court for a day dispensing justice to the youth of Bury. I have some granddad duties with Walshaw CC U11’s and Under 13’s tonight and Thursday night. My next U11 County day will be on Sunday at Calverton when we take on Notts for the reverse fixture. Another busy, busy week. The weather at the moment seems to be settling down and the Under 13 Festival at Taunton should see good weather hopefully for the whole week.
I will keep you posted about their progress.
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