The weekend’s only winner was the rain

The rain came in droves over the weekend. For a start, it totally washed out play on Saturday when the third team’s match against their counterparts from Todmorden was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The weather forecast gave us a glimmer of hope on Sunday and Andy Skinner and his team of groundstaff worked wonders on the pitch to get it fit so that the firsts started their match against Church on time.

Church won the toss and elected to bowl first. Tom Heaton led the way with 31, supported by professional Chesney Hughes and skipper Ryan Senior with 28 and 21 respectively as the firsts ended up on 182 all out off 44.4 overs.

Church’s pro Sagar Trivedi and Bentley were the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 39 and 3 for 47 respectively.

Kieran Edwards made an early breakthrough dismissing Fergusson but Holt and Florentine took Church to 51 before Chesney Hughes snared them both in quick succession and followed it up with a magnificent caught and bowled to dismiss Trivedi.

With Church 66 for 4, the Mount were definitely on top and ahead on Duckworth-Lewis, but the rains came and because 20 overs hadn’t been completed the match was abandoned, with both teams picking up three points.

Meanwhile, the seconds travelled to Church and were also put in to bat. The conditions weren’t good for batting with only Ben Hornsby seeming to get to grips with the conditions with a run a ball 30.

At 77 for 7 the seconds were in trouble but a eighth wicket partnership of 52 between Patrick Kilvington (20) and Olly Dixon (20) brought some respectability to the score and they ended up on 130.

A gigantic thunderstorm brought play to a halt with Church on 17 for 0 off four overs and play was abandoned with both teams picking up three points each.

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