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Derby loss for Mawdesley

First team lose low scorer to Eccleston

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Mawdesley CC take on local neighbours Eccleston

Mawdesley suffered an opening day defeat as neighbours Eccleston got the better of a low scoring game at Rectory Field.

The visitors won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. The early loss of opener Ben Ward (10) sparked a flurry of wickets with the new ball pairing of Declan Tracey (2-13) and Peter Cummings (3-43) doing the damage.

Mawdesley found themselves six wickets down at the drinks interval but were thankful to a patient partnership between Alex Berry (23) and Ian Caunce (9) which steadied the ship.

Both men fell in quick succession as they looked to up the run rate with Eccleston skipper Stuart White (3-6) cleaning up the tail as Mawdesley closed on 87 all out in 37 overs.

In reply, Eccleston opening batsman Lee Heyes (1) was bowled by Nathan Trengrove to give Mawdesley early hope.

However, the calm head of David Hewson (36) frustrated the home side as they went in search of wickets.

His dismissal led to a middle order collapse orchestrated by debutants Chris Gibirdi (2-31) and Jay Davies (3-10) to leave Eccleston seven wickets down with eight runs required.

Jordan Bentham (4*) and Declan Tracey (6*) eased any nerves in the visiting dressing room by guiding there side home, the latter finishing the game in style with a big six.

Mawdesley second XI got off to a fine start under new Captain Jay Bethell with a resounding 105 run win at Blackpool 4th XI.

Bethell’s first act as skipper was in choosing to bat having won the toss but he might have been ruing that decision as early wickets fell to leave his side 21-3.

Taking matters into his own hands, Bethell (70) joined Brian Parr (73) at the crease and the pair put together a game-changing partnership of 146.

David Wilson (15) added some late runs as the visiting side finished on 195-6 from their allotted overs.

It was always going to be a difficult chase for Blackpool but 14-year-old Tom Jefferson (53) showed he was up for the battle with a mature innings.

Unfortunately for Jefferson he found little support from his team mates as no other batsman was able to reach double figures.

David Wilson was the chief destroyer on debut with 4 for 12 from 9 overs on his debut.

Rob Bethell, returning to the club after a 10 year absence, wrapped up the game with two quick wickets to leave the hosts 90 all out.

Mawdesley first XI travel to New Longton first XI next Saturday whilst the second team host Ingol second XI at Rectory Field.

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