Her­non ends big sea­son in style for Boro

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS - BREN­DAN MISKELLA

MATTHEW Her­non had a day to re­mem­ber as Lit­tle­bor­ough fin­ished their first ever sea­son in the Lan­cashire League with a hard earned vic­tory against last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons Clitheroe at Hare Hill on Sun­day.

Her­non has been Lit­tle­bor­ough’s most con­sis­tent bats­man this sea­son and ended the sea­son with 556 first team runs as he made a ca­reer best 79.

Lit­tle­bor­ough won the toss and Joe Smith But­ler de­cided to bat on a damp day in a game that was ini­tially re­duced to 45 overs per side.

Lan­cashire’s Stephen Parry was the visi­tors deputy pro for the day and he and seamer Sam Hal­stead hardly bowled a bad ball for the first 15 overs as the Lit­tle­bor­ough open­ers had to work hard for ev­ery run.

Alex Wil­lis and Her­non had just started to turn the tide and had taken the score to 66 when Wil­lis wasted all his hard and fell to a loose shot when he chipped it to war­dle at square leg to give Hal­stead a de­served break­through, Wil­lis made 31. There was an­other rain break and the home side lost an­other nine overs.

They re­turned with the score on 85-2 but now with just 10 overs re­main­ing. Smith But­ler fell shortly after and the home side were 95-2.

Travis Townsend then joined Her­non and this is were Her­non started to come into his own with two beau­ti­ful straight sixes into the park and passed his 50 for the third time this sea­son.

He even­tu­ally fell for 79 caught on the edge to a good catch from Hal­stead with the score on 122-3. His in­nings lasted 119 balls and con­tained 2 sixes and 6 fours.

Townsend and Miskella then added an­other 34 off just 22 balls be­fore Miskella fell for 12 off the last ball of the in­nings with the to­tal on 156. Townsend made 21 not out of just 13 balls and with Duck­worth Lewis be­ing in­volved the score was then en­hanced to 182 and Clitheroe would have 36 overs to reach their tar­get.

Miskella and Wil­man bowled tightly early on and it was Wil­man who made the break­through cour­tesy of a sharp catch in the slips by his bowl­ing part­ner to re­move Lang for 10 with the score on 23. Miskella needed just one wicket for 50 first team vic­tims and was un­lucky not to get it as his nine overs failed to give him the wicket what he had de­served after a fine sea­son with the ball.

He was re­placed by Townsend and Smith But­ler re­placed Lewis Wil­man and it was these two bowlers who turned the screw the more and more they bowled.

Smith But­ler re­moved Si­mon Perry, Sam Mul­li­gan and Char­lie De­whurst, but the visi­tors were still in with a shout as long as cap­tain Jack De­whurst as he looked to time the run chase to per­fec­tion.

Townsend re­moved Tom Lord and as the fi­nal over started Clitheroe needed 16 for vic­tory. De­whurst smashed the first ball for four but Townsend held his nerve to send down the next ball for a dot and then bowled the op­pos­ing cap­tain all ends up for an ex­cel­lent 82 off just 84 balls as the home side got home by 10 runs for a well de­served vic­tory to fin­ish the sea­son with back to back wins.

It’s been a tough learn­ing curve for Lit­tle­bor­ough’s young side but if they learn from it then they will come back next sea­son a lot stronger.

The boys from The Boro will start next sea­son in Divi­sion 2 of The Lan­cashire League and there will be one aim and one aim only and that will be to bounce straight back up at the first time ask­ing.

There is plenty of raw abil­ity in this young side which has been plain to see through­out the sea­son.

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