Woe for firsts but teen Tom stars for sec­onds

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RUN­CORN Cricket Club’s first XI wel­comed fel­low strug­glers Mob­ber­ley to Mough­land Lane last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The warm sum­mer weather brought out the spec­ta­tors who were hop­ing to see an up­turn in Run­corn’s for­tunes.

Mob­ber­ley won the toss and elected to bat on a very good wicket.

Run­corn got the dream start they were hop­ing for when Dan Booth bowled Ben Leigh for four with only five runs in the book.

Mark Good­stadt came in and stead­ied the ship for a while and with Matt Rose they took the score on to 44, be­fore Mob­ber­ley lost two wick­ets for no runs.

First, Booth and then Tom Heath had Rose and Good­stadt both caught be­hind by wick­et­keeper Jake Woodruff.

Mob­ber­ley were look­ing some­what shaky on 44-3 when Matt Mount­ney came to the crease.

Any hopes Run­corn had were soon dented as Mount­ney and Rzwan Kur­shid bat­ted splen­didly in the warm con­di­tions and put on an ex­cel­lent 136 for the next wicket.

Kur­shid scored a steady 55 be­fore he was caught by Will Magee off Matty Tyrrell’s bowl­ing.

David McNa­mara had Hank Sch­laghecke caught and bowled for 18, but that was the end of the wicket-tak­ing as Mount­ney and Ab­dul Aqeel took the fi­nal to­tal onto 275.

Mount­ney fin­ished on 110 not out and Aqeel was un­de­feated on 33.

It was al­ways go­ing to be an up­hill task for Run­corn’s bats­man con­sid­er­ing their form with the wil­low and they got off to the worst pos­si­ble start when opener Jack Beech de­parted for just a sin­gle.

Skipper James Wells and Booth took the score on to 31 be­fore the lat­ter was caught by Good­stadt for 13 off Sch­laghecke’s bowl­ing.

Run­corn’s mid­dle or­der of Matt Keenan, Will Magee and Pa­trick Tyrrell all looked good, but none could re­ally build on their in­nings. Keenan fin­ished on 34 not out. ●

As the wick­ets be­gan to tum­ble the onus for Run­corn was try­ing to get a draw.

Un­for­tu­nately, that was not to be, and the fi­nal wicket fell on 185 with just four overs to go.

Mob­ber­ley bagged 25 points to Run­corn’s five. Run­corn re­main bot­tom of the league 50 points be­hind Mob­ber­ley.

Over at sunny Mob­ber­ley, Run­corn sec­onds fared a lit­tle bet­ter than the firsts.

Mob­ber­ley won the toss and bat­ted first on an­other ex­cel­lent track in very warm con­di­tions.

Phil Con­way and Colin Lloyd opened the bowl­ing and it was the for­mer who got the break­through hav­ing skipper Will Ed­wards caught by Rhys Ba­z­ley for six.

Mob­ber­ley the be­gan to get into their stride and Atir Darr and No.3 Con­nor Steven­son took the score onto 81 be­fore the for­mer was trapped lbw by Andy Booth for 25. Mob­ber­ley even­tu­ally fin­ished on 160 all out in 44.5 overs, Steven­son top-scor­ing with a knock of 44.

The star of the Run­corn bowl­ing was 15-year-old Tom Drury who con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent sea­son with fig­ures of 5-24 from eight ex­cel­lent overs.

In re­ply Run­corn started badly. Open­ing bats­man Andy Scowcroft de­parted for a duck, bowled by An­drew Man­ning.

Run­corn’s top or­der be­gan to strug­gle a lit­tle with no-one able to build on a good start.

That was un­til teenager Drury came to the crease and con­tin­ued where he left off with the ball.

Show­ing great ma­tu­rity and pa­tience he grad­u­ally got his team back in the game with some lovely shot se­lec­tion..

Helped by Luca Wil­liams (20) and Con­way (28 not out), Drury led his team­mates to vic­tory, get­ting the runs re­quired with seven overs re­main­ing.

He was there at the end hav­ing made a su­perb 71 not out and with his five wick­ets haul it was a true man-of-the-match per­for­mance.

The re­sult gave Run­corn 25 points to Mob­ber­ley’s 13 and leaves them in 10th place on 157 points, some 52 be­hind pace­set­ters Hale Barns who they play away this Satur­day.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, an­other warm day saw Run­corn’s third XI host Ch­ester Boughton Hall Acad­emy.

Run­corn won the toss and de­cided to have a bat. They got off to a poor start los­ing the first wicket off only the sec­ond ball of the match.

Af­ter that, Run­corn re­cov­ered well with opener Owen Price and Liam Keenan set­tling the in­nings nicely.

They moved the score on to 85 be­fore Price was bowled by Alex Cot­ton for 31.

Mike Jen­ner was next in and he and Keenan looked like they were go­ing to build a strong part­ner­ship un­til Jen­ner went for 27.

The Run­corn in­nings con­tin­ued to move along well with skipper Cal­lum McCaf­fery in form be­fore he de­parted for 50.

Rhys Ba­z­ley came in at No.7 and chipped in with a use­ful 16 be­fore Run­corn fin­ished on 207-6 off their al­lot­ted 40 overs. Keenan top-scored for Run­corn with 53.

In re­ply, Ch­ester lost an early wicket when Tom Rofe was run out by Price for eight.

Run­corn’s bowlers were look­ing in con­trol un­til Sam Chap­man came in at No.4 and scored an im­pres­sive 41.

To­gether with Jake Lid­dle who clubbed 53 they moved the score on quickly for Ch­ester.

But wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall around them, with vet­eran Dave Bar­low get­ting three in­clud­ing the wicket of Lid­dle who was caught and bowled.

With one wicket re­main­ing and 30 runs needed Run­corn were look­ing like they were go­ing to win. But in their No.10 and No.11 bats­man James Gil­son and skipper Rob Mor­ris, Ch­ester had two ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who guided them to vic­tory with un­der three overs to spare.

This re­sult leaves Run­corn in fourth place in Third XI Sun­day West Di­vi­sion on 90 points just seven adrift of lead­ers Ne­ston.

This Satur­day, both the Run­corn first XI and sec­ond XI play Hale Barns. The firsts are at home while the sec­onds are on their trav­els. Both games start at 1pm. Run­corn’s thirds are with­out a game this week­end.

Teenager Tom Drury took five wick­ets and made a bril­liant un­de­feated 71 to help Run­corn’s sec­ond XI de­feat their coun­ter­parts from Mob­ber­ley last Satur­day.

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