We couldn’t have asked for better weather this weekend to play in, the only thing we wanted more than the sun was a win!
Great Harwood got things underway with the legendary Mahsooq Ahmed opening the batting with and Seb Whalley. Seb fell cheaply as did Joel Houldsworth, but when Mas was joined by Paul Whalley, who was forced out of retirement one last time after Patrick Swanney’s injury the previous day had led to Jason Kayley getting called into the 1st XI, we started to build a score.
Mas struck four boundaries before getting run out for 28. Richard Shovelton fell early as he was caught for three, but this brought another legend, skipper Russ Whalley out to join his brother, and they formed a significant partnership. One shot too many by Paul lead to his downfall but not before scoring a handy 39.
Zeain Ali joined Russ at the crease as the pair tried to consolidate and put a score on a good batting wicket, Russ was dealing in boundaries (spectators needed helmets) as Zeain occupied the crease with him. The pair bought up the 200 with 6 overs to go before Zeain departed for 24.
Russ fell soon after for a fantastic 92 (which transpired to be 98 when double checked in the scorebook) which enabled Great Harwood to post a very competitive 233-9.
Tanvir Qazi and Ammar Malik opened the bowling with Malik getting the first wicket. Tanny bowled a good spell of 8 overs for 32 runs and one wicket respectively.
The star of the show was little Alex Kennedy with his bamboozling leg spin. Turn and flight got the better of 2 batsmen as young Alex finished with figures of 9 overs 2 for 28. A few dropped catches didn’t stop the team from winning as Shovy, Ethan and Joel each chipped in with a wicket, and we secured our first win of the season restricting East Lancs to 181-8.