Mawdesley CC first XI got their first win of the new campaign thanks to a narrow 10 run victory at New Longton 1st XI.
The Mawdesley top order failed for the second weekend running as the visitors quickly found themselves 4 wickets down with just 7 on the board. Skipper Matt Watkinson (19) set about the rebuilding process with Chris Gibirdi but when Watkinson became Paul Haydock’s fourth victim his side were in deep trouble at 33-5.
New recruit Gibirdi (71) had other ideas however, his 60 run partnership with Alex Berry (18) was followed by another big partnership of 54 runs with Ian Caunce (22).
Gibirdi’s knock was full of style and quality, including 8 boundaries, but his dismissal sparked another collapse as Haydock (5-30) wrapped up the innings to leave Mawdesley 151 all out.
After starring with the ball, Haydock returned to the crease to open the batting for New Longton. He lost two partners quickly as opening bowlers Nathan Trengrove and Darren LeMarinel picked up a wicket apiece.
Haydock (30) looked assured in the middle, striking several lusty blows but his man-of-the-match bid was undone as he was comprehensively bowled by Gibirdi.
Chris Walker (34) kept his side in the run chase with a dogged knock until he fell at the hands of Trengrove.
Home captain Lee McClure showed his team weren’t finished yet with a quick fire 14 batting at number 10 to leave them in sight of victory.
Gibirdi had the last laugh however, sending McClure back to the pavilion which was soon followed by the dismissal of last man Ricky Thompson to leave New Longton 141 all out.
Mawdesley 2nd XI made it two wins from two matches with a comprehensive six wicket victory over Ingol 2nd XI.
Ingol were dismissed for a below par 99 all out thanks in no small part to Dave Wilson’s destructive 12 over spell.
The new signing claimed his maiden five wicket haul for the Rectory Field side with only Anthony Haythornthwaite (30) able to provide any real resistance.
Wilson (5-25) was ably supported by youngster Josh Adamson with an equally impressive return of 3 for 6 from 11 overs, including 7 maidens.
Mawdesley did lose four wickets in reply but the result wasn’t in doubt despite a short rain delay. Nick Marsden (45*) showed his batting credentials to provide the backbone of the run chase. Paul Steadman (18), Tom Proctor (13) and Martin Lewis (12) also played their part as Mawdesley reached the victory target of 100 inside 26 overs.
Mawdesley Sunday XI slipped to a 91 run defeat at Vernon Carus. Rory Kellett (67) and Zach Christie (50) were the main contributors as the home side amassed 175-9 from their 45 overs. Kelvin Gibbons was the pick of the Mawdesley bowling attack with 3 for 34 from his 9 overs.
Adam Rothwell batted patiently for his 37 from 62 balls but he found little in the way of support. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Tom Proctor (11) as the visitors were bowled for 84.