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Mawdesley just miss out as Croston take derby win

Mawdesely take on Croston in high scoring derby

A tense high scoring derby between Croston and Mawdesley went in favour of the hosts as they held on for a dramatic three run victory.

Batting first after winning the toss, the home side compiled an impressive total of 262-3.

Chris Rand (50) rode his luck to get his team off to a flying start which was backed up by knocks of 66 not out from Sam Marsh and 101 not out from Lee Childs.

The Croston skipper punished any loose bowling and made the most of a couple of chances which went through the slips.

Neil O’Malley was the only bowler to take a wicket, claiming 2-61 from his 14 overs.

The Mawdesley reply saw Ben Ward (8) depart early but Chris Gibirdi (49) and Nick Marsden (75) got the run chase underway.

Gibirdi was disappointed to be given out LBW and Matt Watkinson made a brisk 29 before he was caught in the deep.

Marsden’s knock included several lusty blows but he was out caught on the boundary as he attempted to up the scoring rate.

Darren LeMarinel (54*) and Ian Caunce (28) then went on the attack and took their side to within sight of victory.

Just nine runs were required for victory off the final two overs but the visitors couldn’t quite get over the line, finishing on 259-5.

Next weekend the first XI host Longridge at Rectory field in the last game in the first half of the season.

A maiden century from Martin Lewis on his 47th Birthday was the cornerstone of a huge victory for Mawdesley 2nd XI over neighbours Rufford.

The Mawdesley stalwart carried his bat to score 107 not out in a knock that included 13 boundaries.

His was ably supported by captain Jay Bethell (73) and Callum Gibbons (50*) as the home side amassed 274-2 declared.

Lewis also had to enlist the help of Brian Parr to act as a runner in the latter stages of his innings thanks to a hamstring injury but it didn’t stop him from reaching the magical three figures.

The home side waited for youngster Gibbons to reach his first senior half century before calling time on proceedings.

The Rufford reply got off to the worst possible start as Louis Rothwell and Josh Adamson ripped through the top order.

Rothwell picked up 3 wickets for 5 runs from 3 overs while Adamson claimed 4 for 6 from his 2 overs.

Dave Wilson was introduced to the attack and took 2 wickets on his return to this side.

Jay Davies then wrapped up the game as he had the last man out stumped with Rufford collapsing to 25 all out to seal a 249 run victory.

Mawdesley second XI currently sit 8 points off league leaders Wyre in Division 6 but are without a game next weekend due to the lack of teams in the division.

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