A substantial crowd gathered for the hugely anticipated T20 clash with neighbours Ramsbottom last night (Friday) but once again poor weather threatened to dampen the mood.
However, mindful of the large crowd, umpires and players agreed to a ten-over bash in the rain.
Not sure Skins has recovered from this decision but the crowd seemed to like it and soon the benches and veranda were full.
The Greenmount Grill and Bottle Bar were rocking and so was DJ Rick with “something for everyone“ grooves from the scorebox.
Credit to Harry Caton and the Ramsbottom team who put up a good fielding performance in difficult and slippery conditions, but nothing could contain Mount pro Jacques Snyman who delivered another great show of pyrotechnics.
Losing Tom Heaton in the first over, Jacques was joined by Dan Stevens for eight overs of fun, striking six sixes in a 25-ball 65.
Dan compiled a supportive 15 in a stand of 78 with one six of his own before a flurry of wickets left the Mount just shy of 100 from ten.
Ramsbottom came out of the traps strongly with Brad Fielding striking the ball well before falling to former team mate Jack Thomond, caught brilliantly by Jacques for an excellent 38.
New pro Bilal Asif threatened to break loose but was also the victim of a fantastic catch in the deep from Jacques.
Indeed, Greenmount held all their catches in the rain with another from Jacques to complete a hat-trick and fine grabs from Travis and Tom.
The bowlers all stuck to the task well and the visitors ended just eight runs short – the last three overs were executed really well with no opportunities for the batters to free their arms and we completed a full five out of five wins in unusual circumstances.
Thanks to everyone who came out in the mizzle to support the team.
STOP PRESS: The Mount will now entertain Enfield in the T20 quarter-finals next Friday evening with a reserve date for Friday, July 7.