We kick off the second half of the 2019 Lancashire League season by welcoming Middleton to Cliffe Park for what promises to be a competitive league fixture. The game will get underway at 1pm.
Our first fixture of the season saw us make our first ever trip to Middleton.
On a warm sunny day, having done the obligatory and lost the toss, we were asked to field. New pro Sanka opened the bowling with good pace and young Faheem at the other end.
Unfortunately Middleton got off to good start through us bowling far too many wides, Briggsy replaced Faheem and brought some control to the attack while chairman Stu followed the pro, getting us on the board with the first wicket.
We carried on picking up wickets at fairly regular intervals until a cameo from their middle order pushed them to 238.
Our innings got off to a bad start, losing Bunny early then Zeain not long after. Pro then went 2nd ball and we were in trouble.
Allan soon followed as did skipper, first ball to a shocker of a shot!
In came Jack who, along with Matty batted sensibly and aggressively when they could to keep us in touch of the rate until Matty was stumped for a well earned 68. Jack reached his first 1st XI 50 but soon after fell, and we collapsed to finish well short of the target.
On to the next one.