Lead­ers in a dra­matic run chase

Rossendale Free Press - - Sports -

5 and Andy Holt pro­duced some smart foot­work to kick the ball onto the wick­ets to run out Bar­den for 12. Read skip­per Andy Turner pro­duced some lusty blows late on to fin­ish un­beaten on 54 and post a chal­leng­ing 198 from their 45 overs.

Ge­off Allen and Zain opened up for Stack­steads and pro­duced a solid plat­form, reach­ing 41 be­fore Zain was bowled by left arm spin­ner Ben­nett for 25.

This brought Holt to the crease who bat­ted sen­si­bly along­side the ex­pe­ri­enced Allen. The pair were watch­ful, whilst look­ing to pun­ish any loose bowl­ing and man­aged to find enough bound­aries to keep in touch with the re­quired rate. Allen reached his 50 then started to cut loose and smashed sev­eral bound­aries to the mid-wicket area to knock the stuff­ing out of the Read bowlers.

Allen was even­tu­ally dis­missed for 78 from 102 balls as he was caught on the mid-wicket bound­ary off the bowl­ing of Bar­den. Allen had taken Stacky within 46 of the tar­get and new bats­man An­sar rapidly re­duced that tar­get smash­ing six bound­aries in an un­beaten 31 from 13 de­liv­er­ies. Holt fell for 42 with just two runs re­quired for vic­tory, sky­ing to cover again off Bar­den, al­low­ing El­lis Hussey to smash the win­ning bound­ary.

An ex­cel­lent per­for­mance from the whole team, man of the match shared be­tween the eco­nom­i­cal Daw­son and the ever­green Allen.

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