In sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship

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at­tack - it seemed pa­tience was the key to suc­cess.

Ker­ridge, how­ever, only man­aged to reach 18 be­fore Ste Re­gan (2) un­luck­ily played on to his stumps off the skiddy bowl­ing of Ge­orge.

Josh Cap­per, in at three, com­bined with Adam Banks to put on 44 be­fore the lat­ter was bowled for 23, again Ge­orge tak­ing the wicket. The cus­tom­ary mid­dle or­der col­lapse saw 62/2 be­come 90/5 with McKeith (9), Wild (3) and Cap­per (30) all fall­ing in quick suc­ces­sion thanks to the bowl­ing change of Parch­ment (2/30) and Clarke (2/32).

When Neil Banks (13) was then caught , the ten men of Ker­ridge – now at 112/6 with 27 overs left in the day – were then treated to a much needed un­beaten stand of 70 for the sev­enth wicket be­tween John Grayston (38*) and Carl Ry­der (25*).

Both played with cau­tion when nec­es­sary and pun­ished any­thing short and wide with some thun­der­ous strokes to take Ker­ridge to a much needed vic­tory, re­deem­ing them­selves as the ear­lier game in the sea­son be­tween these teams was a dull draw.

Next week­end Ker­ridge travel to Ap­ple­ton look­ing to com­plete their first “dou­ble” of the sea­son. FOR the sec­ond first team home match in suc­ces­sion, Poyn­ton’s pitch served up a ver­i­ta­ble run spree, and un­like the first oc­ca­sion, Poyn­ton emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

Si­mon Dunn im­pe­ri­ously struck 18 fours and one six on his way to 117 in 120 de­liv­er­ies and his maiden cen­tury.

Nathan Bax­ter made 42 and Damian Stringer 28 as Poyn­ton reached an im­pos­ing to­tal, while Josh Hilder wheeled away for 19

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