In the Lancashire Cricket League, our 1st XI welcome Milnrow to Cliffe Park. GHCC will be looking for a repeat of what was a comprehensive victory in the 2018 season
Sunday saw us welcome Milnrow to The Cliffe.
Having won the toss and (not) surprisingly opted to bat, in went Santa and Dr Ali to open.
A good solid start with some exquisite cover driving from Santa before the doctor left the surgery for 20 odd.
In came Ethan and the scoreboard ticked over nicely before Santa had to leave for the North Pole.
In strode the skipper, but soon after Ethan was out, quickly followed first ball by Seb, leaving old timer Houldsworth to face the hat trick ball. A short long hop was hit straight at the fielder who very kindly let it go through his hands for 4.
Russ didn’t last long hitting instead of eating a pie down cow shot’s throat.
Wickets fell regularly until the league’s finest number 11 Bottom Whiteheads came in to take the score past 250.
Harwood’s bowlers then bowled their usual array of wides and long hops to get Milnrow off to a decent start before regular…ish wickets fell leaving them needing 10 an over.
Despite some lusty slogging they fell 60 odd shy of the target leaving us with 10 points, though if the skipper could catch at slip it might have been 12.
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Matt Oddie won the toss on a nice day in Milnrow and decided to bat. The two Oddie brothers are to open the batting.
Something you should know about Milnrow; well Milnrow is the birth place of actress Anna Friel. For those who don’t know Anna, she was one of the actresses involved in the first ever lesbian kiss, on Brookside in 1994. Local knowledge would correct this to the first such kiss before the watershed, and we know this because there was a blue plaque outside a house on entry to the ground.
3 overs gone and both Oddie brothers are out, as is Harris. The ball looks to be moving around a lot early doors.
5 overs gone are we’re really having to work hard on a tough seaming wicket, pro gone; caught! Jack next to go.
Allan Armer looking like he’s the one to stop this ship from sinking fast, but a loose shot from Allan brings myself to the crease with the score on a remarkable 36-6.
A quick conversation with my son who’s batting at the other end tells me that this lads bowling inswingers. Not on this occasion as the ball goes the other way. Wickets again began to tumble, myself then Briggs both out. Only Faheem Basharat offered any real resistance, bringing a very positive and youthful approach to our innings with our top score of 17. Our final score was 68 all out.
With a very small score to defend we new we had to take everything that came our way. We didn’t! We took 3 wickets including their pro first bowl, but Milnrow got to there score quite comfortably in the end after just 16 overs. Looking back at the game I thought young Basharat batted and bowled very well and for future reference when we return to this ground next season, the wicket went to sleep very quickly in the second innings
Local knowledge would suggest that people bowl first here, but it’s was new territory for us and we will learn from today.