Nor­den de­liver harsh les­son for Boro

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - LES BARLOW

LITTLEBOROUGH’S young team is on a learn­ing curve, and they got an un­wanted les­son when beaten by Nor­den at Stag Park on Satur­day.

Stags ran up a to­tal of 246 for two then dis­missed Boro for 141.

The match was a per­sonal tri­umph for Do­minic Humphreys who scored a cen­tury, but there was heartache for Josh Tol­ley who ran him­self out – when on 98.

Boro were never re­ally in the hunt, but their ef­fort couldn’t re­ally be faulted, and skip­per Clin­ton Perren must have seen some pleas­ing points, al­though he was clearly not happy with some of the bad ones.

Nor­den eased their way to 64 be­fore Har­vey Fit­ton was trapped leg be­fore by Ryan Burl in the pro­fes- sional’s first over.

From then on it was runs in the sun as Tol­ley and Humphreys kept the scor­ers busy to an ex­tent that we had the now rare sight of Perren hav­ing a bowl in a bid to break through.

Stags had 183 on the board when Tol­ley set off for a run that wasn’t re­ally there, turned back, and failed to make it be­fore the bails came off.

Humphreys kept on go­ing, but with only one over left he was on 95 and it looked as though he might miss out.

A sin­gle to him fol­lowed a dot ball, but a Gow­ers sin­gle put him back on strike, and the mile­stone was reached next de­liv­ery from Lewis Will­man which Humphreys smacked for six.

It was an un­for­tu­nate end­ing for Will­man whose fig­ures of 0-63 from 14 overs do not do him jus­tice, as he beat the bat sev­eral times with­out luck, es­pe­cially in his open­ing spell.

Boro’s re­ply started with prom­ise, but with the score on 24 Chris Humphreys clipped pad and out went Tom Pye.

Three runs later Perren was caught be­hind by Ash Gow­ers, off a Chris Hart­ley de­liv­ery, and Hart­ley quickly struck again by bowl­ing Her­non mid­dle stick.

Burl and Gary Nash showed some fight­ing qual­i­ties in a part­ner­ship which took the to­tal up to 96, but Nash then top edged a rare, and per­haps not in­tended, leg­ger from Hashum Malik and saw Gow­ers run into po­si­tion to take the catch on the drop.

From then on wick­ets tum­bled.

Will­man was bowled by Greg But­ter­worth, Rose was bowled by Malik with­out scor­ing, and the end was nigh when Burl was leg be­fore to Malik for 62.

That made it 132 for seven and the tail pro­duced only nine runs be­tween them.

Paddy Jones was run out fol­low­ing a throw in from Dean Lord, Ryan Knight was bowled by But­ter­worth, and Joe What­mough was out first ball, bowled by But­ter­worth.

Do­minic Humphreys

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