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Berry ripens up to steer Mawds Home

Berry puts Mawdesley back on track

Mawdesley Cricket Club's Alex Berry

Mawdesley CC got back to winning ways in style with a comprehensive nine wicket victory over high-flying Longridge.

Having won the toss, Mawdesley skipper Matt Watkinson had no hesitation in inviting the visitors to bat first.

Opening bowlers Nathan Trengove and Alex Berry wasted no time in making inroads into the Longridge top order, extracting life out of the pitch to dismiss Ian Barton and Frank Jamieson for just one run between them.

Robbie Lambert (35) and Joshua Mullin (12) built a steady partnership for the third wicket until the latter was tempted into a drive off Mark Huyton and was excellently caught by Berry at backward point.

From thereon in the visitors found run scoring difficult, particularly off the bowling of Neil O’Malley whose ten overs included six maidens and cost just 12 runs.

Only Nick Wilkinson (18) was able to make double figures from the remaining batsmen as the home side seized the initiative.

Berry returned to the attack and finished things off in style by taking the final 3 wickets to fall, all clean bowled, to claim 4 for 10 as Longridge were dismissed for 92 in the 42nd over.

Mawdesley opening pair Chris Gibirdi and Ben Ward showed that it wasn’t a poor batting surface by getting the run chase off to a flying start, scoring at 5 runs an over to frustrate the visiting attack.

Both men were able to find the boundary rope with familiar regularity to quickly take the game away from Longridge with a partnership of 75 inside the first 15 overs.

Gibirdi (25) departed with victory in sight, caught at mid on, but it did little to affect the outcome as Ward (48*) and Berry (7*) saw their side home in just the 20th over.

The maximum points victory takes Mawdesley to 6th in the Division Two table at the half way point in the season.

They travel to near-neighbours Eccleston next Saturday looking to avenge the opening day defeat at Rectory Field.

The 2nd XI were without a fixture this weekend due to the makeup of Division 6.

They currently sit in second place after 10 games, having played one less than table-topping Wyre.

Jay Bethell’s side host Blackpool 4th XI next weekend, the two teams are separated by just three points going into the fixture.

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