There now follows period of intense self discovery
ond hundred of the season on Saturday. What is impressive is Yates’ continuing hunger for runs, 435 of them so far with 15 opportunities to add to that tally.
Against Burscough, Yates helped his side recover from the early loss of Isaac Lea and Adam Phillips by adding 47 for Daniels, who was deputising for Andy Warhurst, bowled particularly well and deserved his maiden first-team scalps.
Five of the other wickets were taken by Gary Keedy, whose high standards and unsleeping determination to give off his best are examples to every cricketer fortunate enough to play alongside him. Keedy, it should be remembered, has played for England Lions; with a half a teaspoon more luck he would have played Test cricket.
But at School Lane he contented himself with bowling out Burscough, a job he completed when he had another admirable cricketer, Alan Murray, stumped for 51.
A little earlier Keedy’s model approach perhaps rubbed off on Firth, whose brilliant slip catch off Chris Cunn ingham removed Daniel Unsworth. “It was an absolute worldy,” said Firth’s captain.
S&B’s second team also bagged 25 points on Saturday when they comfortably overcame Northern by nine wickets at Trafalgar Road.
Craig Todd took 4-44 and Adam Galley 3-15 as the visitors were dismissed for just 124 in 34.3 overs. The limitations of that target were brutally exposed by Josh Hine, who hit 65 off 28 balls with nine fours and four sixes.
Adam Burton continued the assault by making a rapid 32 and opener Dave Aston was unbeaten 27 when the victory was secured.
S&B under-15s in action against Burscough