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Saturday 14th May

posted 15 May 2011, 05:00 by Mike Madden
1st XI v Dove Holes (away)

I know that we scored 211 for 6 with Crompy getting 70odd, and I know that Dove didn't bat because of the rain, other than that you'll have to make it up yourself.

2nd XI v Hazel Grove (home)

Against a backdrop of the Premier League being won and the FA Cup Final, the cricket always looked like taking a back seat, especially with dark clouds all around and a lot of rain in the air. Peter Crowley confirmed that the outfield was dry enough to play, and when the covers were removed they revealed a dry pitch that looked good to bat on. Hazel Grove won the toss and surprisingly chose to bowl, and then the drama started. Peter marched out to the middle with the lime bucket, but disaster struck as the bucket hit the floor and the lime splashed up Peter's clothes and dangerously into his eyes. He wandered about, unable to see, looking very like something out of The Mummy, but he managed to get to the changing rooms and into the shower. The outlook was not good, with a trip to Stepping Hill being a possibility, but we settled on an eye bath and a few minutes later he was good to go. MMM and TR opened, and chanced their collective arm from the off. They took the score to 65 before Russ was caught behind for 19, then Anthony Rowntree swung at everything that he could reach. He even managed to connect with a few, eventually being caught for 15. There was a panic as we ran out of orange, but a quick trip to Tesco sorted that one and the innings continued. MMM was agonisingly caught for 88, then Peter got what many saw as a bad decision, being caught behind for0. Robert Hill made a welcome return to the side, as did Dan Mulholland, and Dan was looking very comfortable until he fell to a good catch for 1. Nick Howe did what he does best, swung the willow at every ball, but he missed a straight one and was bowled for 5. Gibbo suffered as Rob made him run for a pair of twos off consecutive balls, and oxygen was called for. After a quick blast of the inhaler, our rotund twirler was back at the crease, but he lost his partner as Rob was stumped for 14. Dave Mulholland was controversially given out stumped for 0, then The Master strode to the crease. "When he's not in action, he's in traction" is his latest motto, magnificently supplied by Stuart Brogden, but on this occasion it was definitely action. He dabbed a few quick singles, despite the presence of Gibbo at the other end, but Gibbo responded to the challenge. With 2 balls remaining he was bowled for 29, then Colin failed to score off the last leaving Roy unbeaten on 4. The innings ended on 192 for 9, a total that we were entirely confident of defending. Unfortunately, a magnificent tea later, the game was abandoned as a draw as darkness fell and a biblical deluge enshrouded Horwich Park.