HOPPERS’ CRICKET CLAIM FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
Hoppers chalked up their first win in the Boddington’s Village Cricket League in what has so far been a frustrating season. Three games have been lost to rain and the only game played so far produced a 9-run loss to Longridge. Owd Nell’s were the visitors to Lightfoot Green last night and, batting first, started well, at one stage ticking over at just under 9 runs an over. Opening bat J Heaps retired on 25 and No.7 R Salthouse on 26 while D Jack chipped in with 20. Fortunately, Hoppers regularly took wickets with opening bowlers Mike Lough and Craig Steel claiming a brace each with 2-28 and 2-32 respectively. Consequently, the run rate fell and only a defiant last wicket stand from veteran Harry Robinson supported by his grandson almost saw out the twenty overs, posting 119.
This looked a fair total with a soggy outfield which made boundaries difficult throughout. A cautious start by openers, Tom Peterson (14) and Neil Thornton (12) took the edge off lively opening spells from Jennings and Jack and, coming in at No.3, Richie Sands accelerated before falling for 17. Like their opponents, Hoppers were losing wickets regularly and despite Michael Lough’s steadying 26 ret the result was in doubt until two massive sixes from No.10 Craig Steel put his side in the driving seat. With the scores tied at the beginning of the 19th over, a wide brought about a somewhat anti-climatic win.
Owd Nell’s 119-8 (2 ret) J Heaps 25 (ret), R Salthouse 26 (ret), M Lough 2-28, C Steel 2-32, M Balshaw 2-13
Hoppers 120- 7 (1 ret). M Lough 26 (ret), C Steel 18 n.o., R Sands 17, R Wells 3-7
M-o-M: Owd Nell’s – J Heaps Hoppers – M Lough