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Darren delivers but it’s a day to forget for Mawdesley

Mawdesley beaten by neighbours Eccleston

Mawdesley Cricket Club - George Warburton after he guided the 2nd XI to victory.

It was a day to forget for Mawdesley on Saturday as they fell to a heavy eight wicket defeat at near neighbours Eccleston.

Home skipper Stuart White invited Mawdesley to bat first and was immediately rewarded with three quick wickets.

Declan Tracey’s seven over burst went for just eight runs and included the wickets of Nick Marsden and Ben Ward.

That set the tone for the remainder of the Mawdesley innings as, aside from Darren LeMarinel, all the batsmen found run scoring difficult.

LeMarinel’s obdurate innings of 55 was the only real highlight as his team were dismissed for just 90 inside 35 overs.

Iain Bradley finished with figures of 4-28 from his 10 over spell.

Mawdesley knew that early wickets would be vital if they were to have any chance of winning the game and they got just that as Alex Berry trapped Josh Pope LBW with his very first ball.

Nathan Trengove followed that with the wicket of Alan Richardson, brilliantly caught by Matt Watkinson at first slip.

However, that was as good as it got for the men from Rectory Field as David Hewson struck a near flawless 56 not out to guide his side to victory.

Hewson was supported by Jamie Maitland (23*) as they reached their target in just the 18th over.

It was a better day for the second XI as they defeated promotion rivals Blackpool fourths by five wickets. Louis Rothwell (3-34) was the key man with the ball as Mawdesley restricted their visitors to 144-9 from their 45 overs. The runs were predominately shared between the Blackpool middle order as Gregg Anderton (27) Declan Fisher (25) and Nathan Bird (21) all chipping in. The Mawdesley reply got off to a nervy start as Brian Parr and Martin Lewis both found themselves back in the pavilion early.

Steve Dunn (20) and Callum Gibbons (11) set about repairing the innings but when Dunn was out the home side were struggling at 60-5.

George Warburton (51*) batted with great style and patience on his first outing of the season and was ably supported by Dave Wilson (33*).

Together the pair frustrated the visiting attack and put on a partnership of 87 to secure victory with 6 overs to spare.

The Sunday XI slipped to a 74 run defeat at Gregson Lane after the home side posted 165 in the first innings. Olly Warburton claimed 5 for 19. Roy Thompson top scored with 32 in reply but Mawdesley were bowled out for just 91.

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