Mount stun leaders with real coupon-buster

Greenmount first eleven bounced back to form in fine style on Saturday when they stunned league leaders Lowerhouse with a convincing eight-wicket triumph at the Log Cabin.

Billed as a top v bottom clash, the Mount looked anything but the early-season strugglers their league position suggested, in a game that ought to breed confidence for the coming weeks.

Callum Hunter

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat but they were soon in trouble as their first five batsmen were back in the clubhouse with the score on a paltry 30.

Excellent tight bowling and sharp fielding from Greenmount ensured that wickets fell with regularity throughout the Lowerhouse innings and they eventually slumped to 104 all out in 38.1 overs.

Callum Hunter was the pick of the Greenmount attack with 4 for 28 from his 12.1 overs while Matthew Senior (2 for 21 from seven), Muhammad Ashfaq (2 for 14 from four), Lewis Dove (1 for 14 from seven) and Andy McGuinness (1 for 10 from four) were also among the wickets.

In reply, the villagers were on 40 when the first wicket fell – that of professional Chesney Hughes – who hit a six and three fours in his 24.

But sensible batting from fellow opener Jack Harrison (20) and a season’s best innings from Tom Heaton (41 not out) including two sixes and four fours, eased the Mount closer to their target and with the threat of rain the only concern, Heaton and skipper Ryan Senior saw the lads over the line in 26 overs.

The second eleven went down to a nine-wicket defeat when they travelled to East Lancashire on Sunday.

Put into bat by the home side the Mount put on 163 for 9 from their 45 overs but it could have been a lot worse as they were on only 74 when their sixth wicket fell.

Skipper Oliver Dixon top-scored with an unbeaten 33 while there were useful middle order knocks from Alex Bullen (22) and Bruce Gardner (21).

Chasing a revised total of 145 there was no stopping East Lancs who cruised to victory in 22.4 overs mainly thanks to a sterling knock from Usman Gani who hit three sixes and eleven fours in his 78.

The third eleven travelled to Accrington on Saturday and enjoyed a 12-run victory.

Captain Mark Crowther won the toss and elected to bat then saw his side run up 161 for 8 from their 40 overs.

Chris Sherrington hit an unbeaten 53 for the villagers while Crowther himself scored 40.

The Greenmount total proved to be too much for Accrington who fell a dozen runs short of success.

Henry Dickinson led the way with the ball with 4 for 28 from his 6.3 overs with Ryan Edge picking up two wickets and one apiece for Steven Addleton, Ewan Malone and Leigh Dickinson.

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