Last Ball thriller a Middleforth Green

  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021 16:21
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We start the Weekend Review in the Premier Division at Middleforth Green where Ashley Billington's Penwortham were looking to bounce back from the washout at Croston which saw them lose ground on the league leaders. This time they faced Great Eccleston, who had also won two out of their three completed fixtures. 
Skipper Billington lost the toss and the visitors opted to bat. By the time the rain had subsided the game had been reduced to 20 overs per side. 
Quick fire contributions from Salar Butt (20) and Matt Moat (46) got the away side off to a good start but tidy bowling from Neil Patel (2-21) kept the shackles on until the skipper turned to All Rounder Jack Armer. Fresh from a good season at Brunton Park, talented sportsman Armer wasted no time in getting his cricket season up and running as he destroyed the Great Eccleston lower order, on his way to collecting 5-14 off 4 overs. The men from Hall Lane finished 114 all out leaving the hosts on top at the interval. 
Great Eccleston must have feared the worst as in form Penwortham opener Ian Walmsley JNR got the innings off to a flyer, making 32 off 25 before being dismissed by Peter Whittle. 
A series of batsmen came and went as the game appeared in the balance at 49-4 until Ed Duckworth tipped the scales in the hosts favour. Duckworth made 27 off just 8 balls in the sort of destructive manner that the left hander is becoming known for.
The game wasn't finished there however as this plucky Great Eccleston side refused to go down without a fight. With the score at 109-8 Jack Armer was dismissed for 13 and it was anyone's game heading into the final over.
Tom Wilson and Cameron Fish were tasked with scoring 6 off the bowling of Joe Davies for victory. The two men at 10 and 11 played the situation superbly and it was Fish who hit the winning runs off the last ball of the innings, prompting raucous celebrations in the home dug out. 
Penwortham host Barrow on Saturday and currently sit 2nd in the Premier Division, just six points off arch rivals Vernon Carus. 
The featured game of the weekend unfortunately fell to the elements at Illawalla as Cleveleys and Penrith had to settle for two points each. 
Elsewhere Kirkham and Wesham defeated South Shore by 21 runs at Mad Nook and Preston upset leaders Vernon Carus in a low scoring encounter at Westcliff. 
"Best of the Rest"
Just the one game survived the weather across Division 1A and B and it took place between Netherfield 2nd XI and Garstang 2nd XI at Netherfield Cricket Club. 
League leaders Netherfield won the toss and elected to bat and racked up 167-7 off their 45 overs with Isaac Medhurst top scoring on an unbeaten 39 not out. Garstang skipper Allan Cook bowled an extremely tidy spell of 2-43 off his 15 overs and that wasn't the end of the action for Captain Cook. 
Three wickets fell early in the Garstang reply as Netherfield started strongly in the field. The men from the Riverside were not to be denied victory though as Allan Cook capped a superb all round performance, guiding his team to victory with 73 not out.
In Division Two league leaders Wrea Green played out an exciting 23 over game with Penwortham 2nd XI as the game went to the final ball of the match. The sides ended up sharing the spoils in a tied game as the last ball resulted in a run out which left both sides claiming 7 points each. 
Let's hope for a clear day Saturday and a full compliment of fixtures surviving the elements!
Weekend Preview to follow on Friday....
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