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Swinton Moorside Cricket Club go second in league

Swinton Moorside beat an in-form Astley and Tyldesley and leap-frogged in the table to sit in second place with a third of the season gone.

Swinton lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a damp greenish wicket.

The Swinton Moorside openers, James Wade and Dave Flatley, struggled early on but held firm against the new ball.

Scoring was slow against some accurate opening bowling. Progress was slow but the openers managed their third 50 partnership of the season before Wade fell for 37 with the score on 58.

Jamie McDougall joined Flatley but both still found scoring quickly tough. However they held fast knowing that scoring will get easier in the second half of the innings.

The pair increased with both passing 50. The pair added a partnership of 113 before McDougall was caught in the deep for 58.

Callum Flynn, Jonny Herreran and Chris Norvall all fell cheaply. At the other end Flatley started playing his shots to get the score past 200.

The run rate really shot up when Matt Norvall joined Flatley, he bludgeoned the A & T bowlers to all parts.

Flatley finally fell for well-constructed 90 with the score on 238 but Norvall continued his onslaught hitting a mighty 66no (6 fours and 6 sixes). The 8th wicket partnership added 60 in 4 overs with Brad Palmer finishing on 11 not out.

A massive 306-7 was an impressive effort on a wicket that looked damp and green.

With Overseas player Jake Brown having to return home it was left to Matt Norvall and young Dean Davies to open the bowling attack.

Davies struck first bowling opener Booth with the score on 34, the key wicket was that of Wordsworth, the league’s leading run scorer.

He was bowled by the fit again Brad Palmer who came on to replace Davies. The score moved into the nineties when the game shifted dramatically towards the home team.

Three wickets fell for one run, including Cutt, a previous professional at A & T. Matt Norvall claimed two and Dean Atkinson the other, another wicket for Atkinson took the score onto 101-6 with 22 over remaining to score 206 to win.

At this stage A and T looked to consolidate their bonus points however Bennett and Heaton batted to ensure no more wickets were lost, they took the score to 208 before Callum Flynn claimed his first wicket of the season by dismissing Heaton for 54.

The bowlers performed well overall but need to reduce the number of wides conceded (28). The wicket takers were Davies 1-53, Matt Norvall 2-44, Palmer 1-19, Atkinson 2-27 and Flynn 1-9.

This weekend sees the Firsts visit Adlington in the league on Saturday and Lostock in the Cup on Sunday played at Haydock CC ground.

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