Double delight for firsts on their travels

Greenmount’s first eleven picked up their third league victory of the Lancashire League Division One campaign with a closely fought one wicket triumph at Middleton on Sunday.

Skipper Ryan Senior won the toss and elected to put the Towncroft side in to bat and they duly put on 185 for 9 from their rain-reduced 47 overs.

Chesney Hughes

Keelan Shipley (64) and skipper James Price (57) led the way with the bat for Middleton with Evan Williams’s 4 for 35 from nine overs the pick of the Greenmount bowling.

The Mount looked to be cruising to victory in their reply as Williams (43) and professional Chesney Hughes (32) put on 83 for the first wicket.

But something of a partial collapse saw the villagers reduced to 98 for five and gave the home side some encouragement.

But they reckoned without the depth of the Greenmount batting and Ryan Senior (38), Matty Donnelly (26) and Andy McGuinness (21 not out) each played a crucial part as the lads got over the line on the last ball of the game.

On Friday evening the firsts got off to a great start in the JWL MPA T20 competition with another nail-biting victory, this time at Littleborough.

The Hare Hill side batted first and ran up a challenging total of 182 for 2 from their allotted overs.

Chris Schofield hit an unbeaten 73 and enjoyed a third wicket partnership of 104 with Ryan Miskella (49 not out).

Key man for the Mount in their reply was paid man Hughes who blasted 87 from only 37 balls including seven sixes and four fours. He was ably assisted by Williams who hit 56 (two sixes and four fours) as they reached their target on the last ball of the game.

The only other match at the weekend involved the second team who went down to Middleton’s second string at the Log Cabin on Sunday.

Middleton won the toss and elected to bat putting on 225 for 9 from their 45 overs, however, at 1 for 2 that score looked a million miles away.

Opener Matt Lee top scored for the visitors with 53, while both Joel Harris and Tristan Hoban each hit 40.

Skipper Oliver Dixon and Ryan Edge both took three wickets for the Mount while Dan Stevens helped himself to a brace.

The Greenmount reply fell 36 runs short with the batting plaudits going to Kieran Edwards who hit six fours and two sixes in his 51 while Chris Sherrington and Dan Stevens scored 25 and 20 respectively.

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