Accrington triumph sees firsts go fourth

Greenmount’s first eleven moved into fourth place in the Lancashire League Division Two table after picking up a 12-point victory over Accrington at Thorneyholme Road.

Skipper Travis Townsend won the toss and put the home side in to bat and they made a steady start putting on 52 for the first wicket when Mount pro Jacques Snyman bowled his opposite number in the Accy ranks Jacob Clarke.

Tom Heaton – five wickets

With the score on 92, home captain Graeme Sneddon was next to fall when he was bowled by Ryan Senior.

Sneddon’s wicket was the signal for a collapse in the Accy batting order as 29 runs later they were all back in the shed.

Tom Heaton was executioner-in-chief with five wickets for 12 from seven overs. Senior added another victim while Callum Hunter took the remaining one.

Chasing a gettable 121 Greenmount were once again indebted to Snyman who top-scored with 62 (seven fours and one six) as they huffed and puffed their way to victory, losing seven wickets on the way.

Hunter steadied the ship with an unbeaten 16 and, along with Andy Kerr (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

The win puts the Mount 20 points behind second-placed Crompton with three games remaining.

The club’s second string entertained Accrington’s twos at the Log Cabin and the visitors ran out winners by 96 runs.

Winning the toss and putting themselves in to bat, Accrington ran up 220 for 7 from their 40 overs, a total that proved to be well out of reach for the home side.

Gareth Williams rolled back the years with three wickets while there were two for Adam Clarke and one each for Ed Dickinson and Nigel Hallows.

The Greenmount  reply was soon in trouble with Henry Dickinson, Nigel Franklin, Paul Manley and Nigel Hallows all dismissed with only four on the scoreboard.

However, Tom Clarke (34), Leigh Dickinson (32) and Kieran Edwards (28) gave the total an air of respectability but they eventually succumbed to 124 all out in the 33rd over.

Mark Crowther

The weekend began on Saturday with Mark Crowther’s all-conquering table-topping third team racking up another convincing victory at the Log Cabin.

Entertaining East Lancashire thirds, Crowther won the toss and elected to bat – a decision that proved to be spot-on.

The Mount scored 179 for 6 from their 40 overs with the highlight a fine unbeaten 73 from Tom Clarke. There were also useful contributions from Crowther (22) and young Noah Birtwistle (21).

The visitors never looked capable of anything approaching their target and were dismissed for 63 all out.

Noah Birtwistle took pride of place with the ball with a superb 6 for 11 off 7.5 overs while Ed Dickinson chipped in with 3 for 2 from two and Dexter Crowther took the remaining wicket in an economical spell that cost only 10 runs from five overs.

The thirds are now 23 points clear at the top of the Third Eleven Division Three table.

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