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Saturday 11th June

posted 12 Jun 2011, 07:21 by Mike Madden
1st XI v High Lane (home)

This from the league website...

High Lane travelled to Whaley Bridge and came away victorious after bowling the home side out for just 137. Ex High Lane player Luke Schofield top scored with 36, but Tyler Eiselt (4-37) and Tim Pearson (4-32) took the honours for High Lane. The visitors were made to graft for their runs, opener C Hanson scored 25 not out , and in spite of Ed Ford taking 4-63 and Dale Jones 3-41, High Lane edged home finishing on 141-8 

2nd XI v High Lane (away)

It was a surprisingly bright day as we left the clouds of Whaley Bridge behind and arrived at sub tropical High Lane, but the news that the mower had broken was not what we wanted to hear. Senior umpire JJ Smith was there to greet us, and he reminded me that it is a new rule that the umpire must be present at the toss. This I promptly forgot, and I called correctly as the coin bounced higher than could reasonably be expected on a well worn and patchy track. I decided to bowl, then remembered the umpire, so we had to do the whole thing again. Different coin but same result, and we opened the bowling with Colin Wild and Sam Slack. Colin had no luck early on, completing 9 overs for 17 runs as High Lane proceeded at a pace that Peter Crowley would have been proud of. Sam bowled four overs for just 3 runs, but his next was a little wayward so Gibbo came into the attack. He claimed a victim in his second over as JJ upheld an lbw shout, and after 14 overs the home side were just 31 for 1. Three more overs from Gibbo and the other opener went for a sharp return catch to leave High Lane reeling at 65 for 2, with almost half of their overs gone. Promising junior Dan Mulholland bowled well, and his spell signalled an upturn in the confidence of promising junior Harry Bold who had bravely agreed to keep wicket on this notoriously difficult track. Gibbo claimed a further two victims, both clean bowled, and Dan finished with 0-18 off 5, whilst Colin returned to the attack and dislodged the stumps of the dangerous High Lane number 5. The fielding was letting us down badly, with Tommo (2) and Rob Hill dropping catches, and several fielders allowing the ball to pass them by completely untouched. Gibbo got his fifth wicket of the day, and his third clean bowled, but the home innings was gathering pace. Gibbo finished with 5-65 off 14, and Slacky came back to good effect. His first victim came as a result of a slip catch by myself, whilst his second was clean bowled as he returned figures of 2 for 27 off 8. Colin ended with 1 for 52 off 18, though his endeavours surely deserved more success. 178 for 8 was by no means insurmountable, but on a difficult track it was not going to be easy, and we could have done without the whining voice of the vice captain as he claimed to have broken his finger as he dived trying to evade a ball en route to the boundary. The ball clipped his finger as he misjudged his slump to the ground, and he prodded and poked it as bruising threatened but never quite managed to make an appearance. Jake Drayson took his place at the top of the order, but it wasn't long before the vice captain was called upon as Jake was caught for 2. As expected, both opening bowlers moved the ball considerably, and the bounce was, to say the least, variable. I got bowled for 21, which turned out to be our top score on the day, then Tommo fell to a good catch for 16, just as it seemed as though he would launch an assault on the High Lane total. The Hills failed to live up to their reputation as Graham was caught for 6 and Rob was bowled for 2, and this left youngsters Harry and Dan at the wicket. They both played nice shots early on, but Harry was caught for 2 and Dan was caught for 5 as the innings threatened to capitulate. Sam Slack hit his first ball for 6 to give us some hope, but he went soon after, bowled for 12. Nige Morten was caught for 9, then Colin Wild did his best to get us to 100. Unfortunately, Gibbo was not of a similar mindset at the other end, as a pie chucker threw him a pie that he found hard to resist. Rather than hit it, it seemed at first that he had actually eaten it, as he swung this way and that, eventually missing it altogether to be bowled for a duck. Colin was not out 5 as we picked up just one batting point on 93 all out. The axe would surely have fallen but for 4 first teamers being absent next weekend, but at least we now have a full complement of players having paid their subs, and there is something approaching competition for places. On a positive note, the performances of Harry Bold and Dan Mulholland bode well for the future, particularly as these two are still in the under 14s age group and still have a lot of cricket development ahead of them.
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