Ker­ridge push league lead­ers to the end

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AP­PLE­TON 2ND ..... 218-3 KER­RIDGE ............187 AO

KER­RIDGE trav­elled over to War­ring­ton for their fix­ture against league lead­ers Ap­ple­ton where they had to en­dure another lengthy day in the field af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bowl in seem­ingly good con­di­tions.

Af­ter get­ting off to a per­fect start when Nes­bitt holed out to McKeith at mid-on in the sec­ond over of the day, that was all they had to cheer with Ap­ple­ton’s Arnold and Man­nion well set at the crease push­ing the score into the 90s be­fore Tom Gaskell (1-65) bowled the dan­ger­ous Man­nion for his 48.

Ker­ridge then had to wait un­til the 41st over for a third wicket, Grayston hold­ing on well at mid-wicket to up­set Arnold’s hopes of a cen­tury knock, fall­ing on 92 off the bowl­ing of A Banks (2-53).

With McDon­ald also fin­ish­ing on 52, Ap­ple­ton ended on 218/3.

The openers for Ker­ridge, Re­gan and Har­bige, car­ried the at­tack well into the 17th over, pass­ing 50 for the first wicket again be­fore Re­gan (36) was un­for­tu­nate to be ad­judged caught be­hind with bat hit­ting pad, not ball. Har­bige (12) was bowled by Cum­ber­land next over to up­set a good start. A stand of 44 be­tween Wild (31) and McKeith stead­ied the chase and vic­tory again be­came a pos­si­bil­ity.

How­ever, when McKeith even­tu­ally fell to a great one-handed catch on the bound­ary his 70 runs had Ker­ridge in­ter­est­ingly poised on 178-7. With full bat­ting points achieved the tail-end looked to score the 41 runs re­quired from the last 10 overs.

It wasn’t to be, Cum­ber­land (4-42) and Cooper (2-22) clean­ing up the tail be­tween them.

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