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Swinton Mooorside Cricket Club lose to Bury

By Peter Flatley
Swinton Moorside’s game agains Bury was delayed due to rain and the game was reduced to a 45 over game.

Bury won the toss and elected to bowl whilst the Swinton openers made steady progress against some tight early bowling.

The pair reached a 50 partnership in the 17th over.

With the score on 97 Wade hit successive boundaries to reach his 50 and the 100 partnership, on 59 Wade was well caught by Smalley on the boundary.

Smalley then came on to bowl and had Flatley caught behind for 40.

The stage was set for new batsmen Callum Flynn and Jonny Herreran, they duly obliged by hitting 65 off the next 7 overs before both fell in quick succession, Herreran for 40 and Flynn for 39.

Jamie McDougall and Chris Norvall both fell cheaply however a quick partnership by Matt Norvall 24 and Peter Kay 26no pushed the total to a creditable 252-7.

The Bury openers also found the going tough against the new ball attack of Jake Brown and Matt Norvall.

Norvall made the breakthrough with a wicket in his 4th and 5th overs which reduced Bury to 32-2 in the tenth over.

This brought together Bury’s professional A Silva and skipper Steve Gibson. Both struggled early on, Silva was dropped by Kay who could hold on to a sharp catch at square leg.

Gibson found the bowling of Norvall a real handful but dug in and reaped the benefits when both openers were replaced, Swinton just could not make that vital breakthrough as the partnership went past 100 and then 200.

In the end Bury reached their target with 8 balls to spare, Silva ended on 106no and Gibson on 115no as Bury completed a deserved victory.

The seconds won a hard fought match away to Bury.

The home team won the toss and elected to bat knowing they will have the best batting conditions.

The Swinton opening bowlers, Mohammed Raffey Khan and skipper Kev Pescott both struck early to reduce Bury to 16-2. They both claimed a second wicket as Bury struggled with some good tight bowling.

The two quick bowlers shared the first 23 overs before being replaced by two slow bowlers, Adam Finneran and Simon Halsall.

This produced instant results as both took wickets early in their spell. With the score on 124 Bury lost Finneran took a couple of wickets, Pescott returned and claimed another wicket to reduce the home side to 125-9.

An awkward last wicket stand of 26 allowed Bury to reach 151 all out.

The Swinton response was consistent, in that batsman got themselves in but did not push on. The exception to this was TJ Hooker with 35, ably supported by Mike Farrell 23 and Khan 29no.

In the end it was left to skipper Pescott to stoke a classic cover drive to win the game by 4 wickets with 5 overs to spare.

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