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Saturday 21st May

posted 22 May 2011, 05:57 by Mike Madden
This is from the league website:-

New Mills remain in second spot following a nail-biter at Whaley Bridge. The Millers were heading for their customary win after dismissing the home side for just 99, thanks to M Birchenall 6-35.But things didn't go to plan, as Dale Jones took a superb 6-36. But New Mills limped over the line for the loss of 7 wickets. 

I think it would be a good idea to check the number of wickets Dale claimed bearing in mind the events of earlier in the day.

Second team v New Mills (away)

It was always going to be a tough game against the unbeaten league leaders, and with a team that contained at least five players eligible for the six a side it was almost an impossible task. Add to that the farce that the first team captain managed to perpetrate, and this was a real challenge. Rob Hill was promoted to open with MMM, but after one over the captain had gone for 2 and Anthony Rowntree was out for a golden duck. Rob and Gibbo steadied the ship, until Rob went for 14, then Neil Shaw added his own unique batting style. Gibbo started to open up but was caught for 26, then Shawy was bowled for 9 to leave the innings in a precarious state at 56 for 5. Graham Hill used his own unique batting style to good effect, whilst Nick Latham, having recovered from jetlag from his arduous journey to New Mills, gave good support at the other end. Rigger went for 8, then Nick Howe employed his usual unique batting style to send the fielders scurrying to all corners of the ground. It was no surprise when Nick went for 8, then Gavin Hill adopted a stonewall approach to an onslaught of pace. He went for 7, then Colin Wild lasted a couple of balls before collecting another duck to bring Fid to the crease, with the score on 97 for 9. The total inched along to 98, then Fid edged one for 2 to bring up the magical ton. He was caught behind shortly after without adding to his score, but with Graham unbeaten on 17 we had somehow managed to muster 100 all out. Tea was a funereal affair, against the unusually quiet backdrop of the New Mills bar, then we took to the field without a wicketkeeper as Nick Latham had only just found the pads. Colin and Fid both bowled well without success, and the ground fielding was reasonably tight as we tried to exert some pressure. Gibbo entered the attack and caused New Mills a few problems, then Ant Rowntree came on and cause his own team a few problems. He recovered well and finished with 0 for 9 off 2 overs, then Gavin Hill made the long awaited breakthrough. The batsman launched one to mid on, where Shawy stuck his hand out and closed his eyes ready for the searing pain that would inevitably follow. Miraculously, the ball found the centre of his right palm, and he held on to magnificent catch. Gavin's figures of 1 for 2 off 2 overs don't really do his performance justice, as he got away with a lot of byes and leg byes. Nick Howe came on and showed that his bowling is just as unpredictable as his batting. He had just 1 over for 9, then Gibbo's spell of 5 overs for 19 came to an end. Colin resumed and took a deserved wicket as we notched up our third point of the day, finishing with 1 for 24 off 8.2 overs, whilst Fid toiled in vain, taking 0 for 21 off 8. It was a comprehensive 8 wicket defeat which drops Whaley from joint second to sixth in the table, perhaps a more realistic indication of where we might finish at the end of the season.
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