Extremely cold weather hasn't stopped Myerscough Old Trafford get off to a flyer…
This year Myerscough have pieced together two very talented and well skilled cricket teams to take on the 2016 summer cricket season. The season started for both teams on Wednesday 20th April, with two T20’s at Ashton On Mersey Cricket Club, which were followed by a 1st XI T20 the evening after and then two matches this Wednesday away at Denstone College.
The 1XI have played 3 games so far this season and have yet to suffer a defeat, with 2 wins and one game abandoned due to bad light. The first game Myerscough played Bolton School who lost the toss and were put into bat first. Superb early bowling from pace bowler Cameron Smith and spinner Bradley Woolley, meant that Myerscough restricted Bolton to 12-3 early on. Bolton ended up scoring 102 off their 20 overs with wickets being spread around most of the bowlers. A funny moment was when James Wardle came on to bowl the 19th over and his first two balls were both dropped on the boundary at deep mid wicket by Josh Knowles with two comical efforts to say the least. Then in reply Myerscough chased down 102 in 15 overs losing just two wickets, meaning knocks of 22 (Kieran Lawton), 34 n/o (Will Shuttleworth) and 13 n/o (Nathan Jones) meant we cruised to victory.
Earlier one in the day the 2XI played against Myerscough Preston 2XI and fell 4 runs short of victory in a final over defeat. A game which silly batting chasing a small score meant we couldn't force home a result but once again a brilliant game to watch for all.
The next evening we were in action again against Ashton on Mersey 1XI in an 18 over per side match. Myerscough bowled first again in this match and Ashton scored 129 off 18 overs with Brad Woolley and Cole Turner picking up 2 wickets each and Arran McCabe collecting the 1 wicket. In reply Myerscough were 102-4 off 15 overs needing 28 off 3 overs when the game was abandoned. A shame this game couldn't get finished.
Wednesday 27th April, meant that both Myerscough teams took the trip up to Denstone College in Staffordshire for two one day games and this was an extremely successful day for both teams and all involved taking home two confident victories. The 1XI got the luxury of playing on the 1st pitch of 4 at a picturesque Denstone College. Having lost the toss and being made to bowl in freezing conditions, they certainly didn't let themselves down restricting Denstone to 126 off their 40 overs with Nathan Jones collecting 3 wickets and the rest being spread around. Then Myerscough’s opening pair of Jamie Smith (44) and Kieran Lawton (67) raced to the target in just 14 overs losing just the wicket of Kieran in the process of doing so. The boys once again showed their brilliant quality and temperament in the cold conditions to get an emphatic victory.
The 2nd XI played on Pitch 3, they won the toss and batted putting on 170-5 off their 30 overs was a brilliant score on a slow outfield. Scores off 49 Jake Megram and 20 Ben Leeson from the openers gave the innings a good flow to start with. Then unbeaten knocks of 64 from Josh Knowles and 17 by Adam McGladdery meant that they got a very good score to defend in the field. After Denstone got off to a flyer at 61-0, Pat Firth and James Wardle came to the scene and took 7 wickets between them to turn the game in Myerscough’s favour. 3 wickets for James and 4 for Patrick which included one of the best caught and bowled you will probably ever see. As the ball got smashed back at him and he lept backwards with one hand raised and plucked the ball out of mid air. You know its a good catch when your'e celebrating while still in the air. Denstone were all out for 128 in the end.
A marvelous start to the season all round for both teams with just one defeat for the 2nd XI and an unbeaten 1st XI. We will next play on Wednesday the 4th May at Hale Barns Cricket Club where the 1st XI will play St Ambrose School in 20/20 game stating at 1pm, all support is welcome!
Thanks to the help from the LCCC Foundation, we can continue to produce some great cricket.
The LCCC Foundation will be following and reporting on Myerscough throughout this season on all matches played - Good Luck Myerscough!!
If you would like to keep up to date with all that is going on down at Old Trafford with us follow us on twitter @My_CricketOT.The Myerscough Squad photo for the 2016 season