Kerridge push league leaders to the end
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.