Firsts slump as twos show how it’s done

Greenmount firsts suffered another defeat on Saturday when they went down to a crushing nine-wicket loss to Walsden at the Log Cabin.

Stand-in skipper Andy Kerr won the toss and elected to bat and the villagers ran up 171 all out from 48.3 overs. Predictably, it was a total that was to prove insufficient against the strong visiting side.

Professional Chesney Hughes scored 39 before he got a highly contentious lbw decision against him while Dan Stevens (32), Andy McGuinness and Sam Greenhalgh (30) gave useful accounts of themselves but were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Henry Dickinson was the not out batsman making his first team debut in the Lancashire League.

Walsden’s reply was a relative cakewalk for them as they passed the required total for one wicket with 19 overs remaining.

Dan Stevens

Josh Gale (57) and Nick Barker (65 not out) put on 90 for the first wicket before Barker and Stevie Barker (40 not out) saw their side home with ease.

On Sunday the second eleven travelled to Accrington and returned home with a cracking victory.

The home side won the toss, chose to bat, and scored 209 for 7 from their 45 overs.

Ryan Edge, Rory Daverage and Henry Dickinson took two wickets apiece with Richard Catterall taking the other one.

The Greenmount lads showed their hosts just why they could be in the shake-up at the top of the table when they surpassed their target for the loss of only two wickets.

Openers Jake Chadwick and Sam Greenhalgh hit 53 (ten fours) and 13 respectively before Dan Stevens and Kieran Edwards put the Accy bowling to the sword with a swashbuckling partnership.

Stevens scored 67 not out including ten fours and two sixes, while Edwards smashed an unbeaten 54 that included four fours and three sixes.

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