Rob joy with five-for as Widnes power on

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

WIDNES Cricket Club first XI en­ter­tained Bar­row in the Cheshire County Cricket League First Di­vi­sion at Bea­cons­field Road last Satur­day.

The hosts were hop­ing their re­cent good run of form was go­ing to be main­tained as well as the spell of fine weather.

Satur­day also saw bats­man James McCoy re­turn to the Widnes ranks hav­ing had a lengthy spell at Grap­pen­hall.

Bar­row won the toss and Tom Evans’s team were asked to bowl first.

Bar­row were no doubt hop­ing the hot weather would cause Widnes to wilt in the heat.

At first, Bar­row’s plan seemed to be work­ing with open­ers David McCle­ments and Gareth Hughes tak­ing the to­tal nicely onto 77 in the 23rd over un­til the lat­ter was given out lbw for 25 off Ma­jid Ma­jeed’s bowl­ing.

Three overs later, McCle­ments’s wicket fell. Hav­ing scored 48 off 80 balls, he was caught by Ma­jeed off a Rob Magee de­liv­ery.

With two new bats­men at the crease Widnes now ex­erted pres­sure.

Ja­hangir Afridi was run out by Johnathan Camp­bell for nine be­fore Chris Wood­cock was stumped by Chris Kirby off Magee for one.

Five wick­ets were down in the 40th over with the score on 131 when Ryan Hol­loway was bowled by Magee for eight.

Three overs later, Bar­row cap­tain Phil John­son was bowled by Ma­jeed for 13, with the score now on 182.

In the 43rd over, Stephen Ogilby was the sev­enth wicket to fall, caught on the bound­ary by McCoy off Magee once again for 49.

Magee claimed his fifth wicket in the 50th and fi­nal over hav­ing Lee Dwyer stumped by Kirby for 15.

Bar­row posted 194-8 from their 50 overs at the crease with Magee’s su­perb 5-60 the high­light of the Widnes bowl­ing at­tack.

Widnes replied to the Bar­row in­nings with Kirby and McCoy open­ing the bat­ting. The pair soon took the at­tack to the Bar­row bowlers putting on 38 un­til the sixth over when Kirby was caught and bowled by Hol­loway.

Mike Byrne joined McCoy and the score moved on to 69 when the for­mer was run out for four.

Matt Burns now joined McCoy who soon reached his half cen­tury.

How­ever, McCoy then fell, caught by Dwyer off Mal­colm Bar­row’s bowl­ing hav­ing scored 67 off just 58 balls, an in­nings which fea­tured 13 bound­aries.

Camp­bell now joined Burns and the to­tal moved onto 113 when the lat­ter was trapped lbw for 10 by Bar­row.

Ma­jeed then took up bat­ting with Camp­bell and the duo man­aged to guide the Widnes in­nings over the win­ning line in the 35th over.

Ma­jeed fin­ished 43 not out off 45 balls hit­ting eight fours and while Camp­bell made an un­de­feated 47 smash­ing seven fours and one six. ● WIDNES’S sec­ond XI lost at Stock­port Ge­or­gians last Satur­day.

Bat­ting first, Widnes scored 159-8 in their 50 overs, James Wear­den top scor­ing. Stock­port Ge­or­gians sur­passed the Widnes to­tal whilst only los­ing four wick­ets along the way. ● THIS Satur­day sees sec­ond-placed Up­ton play­ing at Widnes. Al­though sched­uled for a 1pm start, the game may be brought for­ward due to Eng­land’s World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal clash with Swe­den which kicks-off at 3pm.

Like­wise, the sec­ond XI travel to Up­ton and may also be start­ing ear­lier than sched­uled. ●

An­drew Burns

Rob Magee on his way to snap­ping up five wick­ets for Widnes as they de­feated Bar­row last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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