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Mawdesley take a draw as rain is the only winner

Trengrove shines again in draw with White Coppice

Mawdesley and White Coppice had to settle for a share of the spoils at Rectory Field after weather of biblical proportions brought a premature end to the contest.

The game did manage to start on time which seemed to catch some of the White Coppice team by surprise as only 8 men were initially present to take to the field.

Mawdesley made the most of the depleted opposition by reaching 23-0 after 6 overs before the first shower of the day forced the players off the field.

A 70 minute break resulted in the overs being reduced to 35 each but it didn’t seem to stop the Mawdesley momentum as openers Chris Gibirdi and Ben Ward put together a stand of 65.

The introduction of Harry Bates into the bowling attack turned the tide in the visitors favour as he accounted for Gibirdi (33) and Nick Marsden (0) in the same over.

What had been a promising start for the home side was quickly unravelling as Ward (30) and Matt Watkinson (11) found themselves back in the pavilion by the 25th over with the score at 81-4.

Bates then accounted for Darren LeMarinel and Ian Caunce to leave Mawdesley in real trouble and in danger of being bowled out.

Nathan Trengove had other ideas though and continued his excellent batting form, albeit with the aid of some lifelines, to negotiate the remaining overs and see his side to a total of 126-9.

Trengove finished unbeaten on 28 not out and is proving to be a very useful lower order batsman.

Bates finished with very respectable figures of 4-35 from his 12 over spell.

Both sides would have fancied their chances of forcing a victory going into the second innings but unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas.

Just one over of the White Coppice reply was possible when the players were taken off the field by the umpires.

However, there was to be no further action as things took a turn for the worse with torrential rain and the rumble of thunder forcing the captains to shake hands and call time on proceedings.

Mawdesley welcome bottom of the table Fulwood & Broughton to Rectory Field next Saturday as they look to consolidate their position in the top half of Division 1.

Jay Bethell’s promotion chasing 2nd XI ensured that the inclement forecast wasn’t anything to be concerned about by racing to a comprehensive 10 wicket victory at St Joseph’s.

After the skipper called the toss correctly he had no hesitation in inviting the hosts to bat first and his bowling attack quickly vindicated his decision by blowing away the home batting line up.

Alex Thompson (5-17) and Louis Rothwell (3-14) inflicted the damage as St Joseph’s could only muster 37 all out in 13.5 overs with Phil Atherton (10) the sole batsman to make double figures.

Bethell opted to go straight back out without taking tea, with the captain himself opening the batting along with Martin Lewis.

The 2 men made light work of the modest victory target, racing to 38 without loss in just 6 overs.

Lewis finished on 15 not out whilst Bethell struck 5 boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 23.

The 2nd XI remain in 2nd place in the Division 6 standings but with a game in hand over table topping Wyre.

The 2 sides meet next week at Cottom Hall knowing that victory for either team would put the winners in prime position for promotion.

The Sunday XI were unable to play their fixture at Thornton Cleveleys after Saturday’s heavy rainfall left the ground unfit for use. Grimsargh Sunday XI travel to Rectory Field next weekend to take on Julian Campbell’s side.


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