Updated: May 16, 2018
After winning away last week at Hartford, Mossley 1st XI welcomed Aston 2nd XI to Moss Road looking for back to back wins. A green pitch meant there was no hesitation for the Aston skipper when he won the toss and elected to bowl, although Mossley skipper Gareth Cresswell insisted he would have batted first anyway.
Mossley openers Tom Pearson and Ryan Speak took to the field to see off the opening bowlers, and after a steady start, Speak was bowled for 1 in the 4th over. The bad start for Mossley became worse in the next over when the other opener Pearson was caught close in also for 1. It was up to Ian Riley and Cresswell to repair the early damage and after a few tight overs, both batsmen started finding the boundaries with ease. The highlight being a straight six from Riley. Mossley had recovered to 45-2 when Riley’s cameo came to an end, being bowled for 34, and Cresswell went soon after caught driving for 17. These quick wickets left Mossley 53-4, and brought Richard Burkard and Charles Wright to the crease looking to steady the ship. These two played cautiously for a few overs finding ones and twos and the occasionally boundary, before the drinks break brought the fall of Burkards wicket. The following batsmen Ben Chudleigh and Ant Burtkard came and went quickly after posting single figure scores. As the innings was coming to a close, batsmen Wright was caught out for 39 trying to push the score along, leaving Mossley on 106-8. This left it up to the remaining batsmen Tony Brown, Kieran Turner and Mark Butler to see out the rest of the overs and get the team up to 120-9 off their 45 overs.
With what they thought was a defendable score on a green wicket, Brown and Turner opened the bowling for the home team hoping for a strong start. Mossley didn’t have to wait long to get their first breakthrough, Turner getting a wicket with his first ball thanks to a brilliant one handed catch from Pearson. Brown joined the party in the next over getting 2 wickets in 2 balls courtesy of another catch from Pearson and then bowling the Aston number 4, unfortunately the hat trick evaded him. Mossley’s great start got even better when Turner took another wicket quickly after, Speak taking a looping catch at slip, leaving Aston 2-4. At this point the Aston batsmen started to drop anchor, seeing out Turner who finished with figures of 2-8 from his 7 overs. Skipper Cresswell decided to turn to the partnership breaker from last week Speak, and sure enough he took a wicket with his first ball with a catch from wicketkeeper Wright. It was Speak who took the wicket of the other patient Aston batsman, this time with a catch from Cresswell. With Aston at 10-6, the Mossley players sensed that victory was not too far away. It was up to Brown to mop up the Aston tail taking the four remaining wickets to leave Aston 15 all out. Two caught and bowled, a catch from Turner and another bowled, to add to his earlier 2 wickets, gave Brown match winning figures of 11 overs, 10 maidens, 6 wickets for just 1 run.
The victory gave Mossley 1st XI 25 points and they hope to make it 3 wins from 3 games next week when they entertain Holmes Chapel 2nd XI.