Updated: Sep 23, 2018
1st XI report written by Charles Wright
After rain prevented the Mossley 1st XI from playing their match last week, they travelled to Hartford on Saturday 5th May. Bolstered by the returning Ryan Speak and Ian Riley after a couple of seasons out, the 1st XI were hopeful of notching their first win of the season on the board. A slightly soft pitch but with sunny overhead conditions gave the Mossley skipper Gareth Cresswell a tricky decision when he won the toss, but in the end elected to bowl.
Ever reliable Tony Brown and the returning Riley opened the bowling keeping things tight early on. Mossley didn’t have to wait too long to get their breakthrough, Brown trapping opener Sharp in front LBW in the 5th over. More consistent bowling from the Mossley openers meant runs were hard to come by and wickets kept falling leaving Hartford reeling on 29-4, Brown with 2 more wickets and Riley 1, all bowled. When Hartford started to battle back, skipper Cresswell turned to Speak and Mark Butler to look for a breakthrough. Speak was the man to get the much needed wicket at 59-4, getting batsman Pickup stumped by wicketkeeper Charles Wright. This caused another flurry of wickets in the Hartford order, with Speak picking up 3 more wickets, thanks to 3 good catches, 2 from Cresswell and one from Tom Pearson. It was left to Butler and Riley, who returned to the attack, to mop up the tail leaving Hartford 83 all out.
The Mossley opening pair of Pearson and Speak took to the field and the reply started at a canter. A no ball hit for 6 by Pearson and 5 penalty runs, for the ball hitting the wicketkeepers helmet, came off the first over of the innings. The quick start came to an abrupt end in the second over when the other opener Speak and number 3 batsmen Anthony Burkhard were both bowled in consecutive deliveries. This brought Cresswell to the crease, and after he survived the hat trick ball, started to build a steady partnership with Pearson. These two continued to bat well throughout the innings, growing in confidence and never looking in danger, the highlight being Cresswell’s pull shot for six. The winning runs came with a boundary from Pearson in the 30th over, leaving him on 38no and Cresswell 39no, giving the Mossley 1st XI an 8 wicket victory and 20 points on the board. They will be looking to get back to back wins next week when they play Aston 2nd XI at home.