What happened when the rain stopped
Hamer Cup success for the Mount
As I said in my Blog yesterday the weather was not at all good and the Little Lever ground was very wet. Unbelievably the rain stopped and the Little Lever officials and helpers worked miracles and a reduced 40 over game started at 3.00pm. Almost six hours later Stewie was handed the Hamer Cup by the League Chairman after a pulsating, exciting game of cricket which was a credit to both teams.
The Mount batted first after Kearsley won the toss and inserted them. The wicket was “lively” and we struggled especially against the off spin of their pro Das Neves. Runs were hard to come by until Keegy joined the battling Danny Metcalfe. Their partnership swung the game in our favour. A delightful cameo from Stewie at the end took the Mount to 199. Danny finished on 85 not out.
The Kearsley innings followed the same pattern with early wickets including the dangerous Peter Morris followed by a stand between Das Neves and Richard Hamblett. Number one son’s foot had improved slightly and with the aid of painkillers and gritted teeth he was required to bowl 20 overs. The Hamer Cup rules allow just one bowler to have the maximum whilst the others are restricted. The two Kearsley players did not hang around and were racing towards the 100 when the Mount’s pro struck dismissing Das Neves.
The writing was on the wall when Hamblett was out and apart from a lusty knock from the sylph like Chis Sainsbury the innings eventually finished on 156 when PJH took the last 2 wickets in 2 balls. He finished with 5 and the pro 4 wickets.
Danny Metcalfe was deservedly named Man of the Match
Cue the celebrations both at Little Lever and shortly thereafter at the Log Cabin.
This week the Under 14 county lads are down at Taunton looking ahead to the National Finals the following week at Oakham School.
The first of the County District Semi-Finals will be played on Wednesday. Burnley host their match with Bury at Lowerhouse beginning at 11.45 and Ribble Valley play Bolton at Read starting at 11.00. The winners will meet in the Final at Sutton Cricket Club on August 30th. I shall be looking after the match at Read whilst the rest of the Heaton family will be at Burnley.
The weather forecast looks distinctly dodgy but you never know especially when you look at yesterday
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