Mawdesley CC managed to beat the elements on Saturday but they couldn’t overcome their opponents Torrisholme who claimed a 43 run victory.
Having lost the toss and being put into bat, visitors Torrisholme must have thought that their long journey South was in vain when they found themselves seven wickets down for only 31 runs at the end of the 13th over. The damage was inflicted thanks to an inspired spell of full length fast bowling by Mawdesley youngster Nathan Trengove, with an lbw and four clean bowled dismissals landing him his first five wicket haul in senior cricket.
Forced to rest his young fast bowler after his maximum allowable seven over spell, Mawdesley captain Matt Watkinson was not able to maintain the home team’s initial momentum. An excellent innings of 42 from Daniel Woods supported with some big hitting by Torrisholme captain Matt Jackson (23) to add some respectability to the scoreboard.
Spinner Neil O’Malley (2-14) picked up two wickets both courtesy of catches in the gully and Darren LeMarinel also claimed a brace to finish with 2 for 23.
Trengove was able to wrap up the innings once he was allowed to return to the attack by clean bowling Jackson to finish with figures of 6 for 31 from his 9 overs.
With what seemed a modest target of 103 needed from 41 overs, Mawdesley would have felt that they were in a strong position. But not for the first time this season their top order failed to get going and they quickly found themselves 5 down for just 21. Torrisholme pace men Matt Jackson (3-14) and Neil Jordan (2-13) accounted for the initial wickets to fall with only Darren LeMarinel (12) able to get going.
With the home team on the back foot and facing another batting failure, Nathan Trengove, coming in at number 7, showed that he has the making of an all-rounder with a defiant 19 not out which took his team’s score to 59 before he ran out of partners.
Despite the disjointed nature of the day, thanks to the persistent rain, it was a journey well worth making for Torrisholme with victory putting them joint top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Division One.
There was better news for the seconds who chalked up their fourth win out of four this season with an emphatic victory by bowling out BAC/EE Preston 3rd XI for 28.
Mawdesley fielded five under 17s with Callum Gibbons (3-5) and Louis Rothwell (2-7) amongst the young wicket takers. Alex Thompson (2-5) and Josh Adamson (1-6) completed an impressive looking bowling card as the hosts were bowled out inside 26 overs.
It took just 6.2 overs of the Mawdesley reply for the visitors to reach the modest victory target, with experienced duo of Brian Parr (13*) and Steve Dunn (13*) seeing them to a 10 wicket victory.
The victory puts Mawdesley 2nd XI nine points clear on top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield 6th Division.