The 2019 cricket season began at Mossley Cricket Club on a gloriously hot and sunny afternoon. Mossley 2nd XI were at home to Trafford MV who batted first amassing an impressive total of 215-7 off their allotted 40 overs. Andy Grange was the pick of the Mossley bowlers with figures of 8 overs, 5 maidens, 2 wickets for just 16 runs. Other bowlers pitching in with wickets were Adam Petznick who took 2 and making his debut, Sam Dawson who took 1. There were also two smartly taken run outs.
The Trafford MV batsmen were positive in their batting with skipper Adnan and Cal Rothwell both scoring half centuries. Lan Gururaj made 49 before being trapped lbw by the pacey bowling of Andy Grange. Mossley fielded well in the heat of the hottest day of the year so far but the batting of the Trafford MV side was impressive.
The Mossley innings began well with Anthony Burkard and Alfie Tideswell initially outscoring the Trafford MV innings but all too soon, both openers were back into the pavilion. A mini middle order collapse saw Thomas Goodwin and Sam Dawson together and they started to build a good partnership. Goodwin and Dawson began to accelerate the score and a slight note of concern was apparent in the Trafford MV side as the pair began to accumulate boundary after boundary. Dawson was the first to go in the run chase, caught in the deep for 32. Goodwin was joined at the crease by his father, Peter and together they continued the onslaught. Thomas Goodwin was in fine form and hit his maiden half century in classic style. The anticipation of a potential nail-biter was put asunder as Thomas Goodwin uncharacteristically swung across the line of a straight delivery and was bowled for 56.
Thomas was replaced by the third member of the Goodwin family, his brother James who saw the inning through with the help of the other Mossley batsmen. The innings ended with Mossley running up a creditable 154-9. Mossley earned 10 points and the many spectators who had turned out had enjoyed an excellent game of cricket on a glorious afternoon at the Moss Road ground.