Burscough are a lovely catch
BURSCOUGH CC recorded a thumping victory over Hightown St. Mary’s on Saturday in the Liverpool and District First Division.
Jon Stone and his side were in emphatic form as they produced a terrific bowling performance to reduce Hightown to just 44 runs all out.
Hightown’s ninth batsman was their highest scorer with just 10 runs as Burscough ran ragged with the ball in hand.
Rob Glaysher and Christopher Andrews were the pick of the bowlers as both Burscough players picked up four wickets in just over 10 overs each.
Benjamin Niekerk grabbed the other two wickets, setting up a fairly easy task for his batting teammates.
“We put a great performance in all round this Saturday and the score-card is evidence of that,” said Stone.
“I won the toss and we elected to bowl first. It proved to be a great decision in the end because Hightown St. Mary’s were struggling.
“We managed to bowl them out for just 44 runs which was an incredible performance from the team and we cruised to victory.
“Rob Glaysher and Chris Andrews took four wickets each and did superbly with the ball in hand.
“By the time we came to bat, we had an easy task.
“We coasted to victory with the bat and we lost just one wicket which was great.
“We bowled and fielded extremely well and that set us up really.”
In recent weeks, Stone has been critical of his team for a number of crucial dropped catches and he called for more concentration in the field.
The skipper admitted his side were low on confidence after dropping several catches and he hopes Burscough would snap out of soon.
It seems the players heard his call and responded this Saturday by taking some great catches in the field which was an important factor in their smooth victory.
“Our fielding was particularly good this week and that’s not always been the case for the last few weeks,” said Stone.
“We were taking every catch that came our way and that’s not been happening this season so it was great to be able to do that. it
“It makes the game so much easier when you take your catches. It’s that old saying ‘catches win matches’ and they did!
“I couldn’t have asked for anything else from the team on Saturday. It was a truly impressive and professional performance from the first ball to the last.”
Burscough return to action this Saturday when they take on Highfield in their latest league fixture and Stone hopes for more of the same.
Burscough could make it three successive victories but Highfield won’t be easy opponents as they will be searching for their fifth win on the bounce.
“We have two key players who are potentially returning this week after some time away on holiday,” said Stone.
“That will give us a boost as we’re playing away at Highfield and we are expecting a tough game as they’re a good side.
“If we can produce a performance like we did this weekend then the game can easily go our way again.”