Mossley 2nd XI travelled to Wistaston on Saturday 28th April. Captain Barry Carney lost the toss and Wistaston put Mossley in to bat. Club Chairman Steve Austin opened the batting in his 35th season for Mossley, paired with batsman-wicket keeper Callum McKinlay, they looked to make a good start to the innings. Austin was the first to go, ‘playing on’ to his wicket for 5.
McKinlay was joined at the crease by Captain Carney who quickly settled into his crease. McKinlay’s level headed batting was undone by a decent ball that clipped his off stump. Next to the crease saw debutant Antony Burkard attempt to steady the ship, immediately Burkard impressed with his patience and technique, providing a solid anchor for Carney to try to keep the score ticking over.
Keeping the score moving proved difficult with a wet outfield not allowing for quick runs, Carney and Burkard had to work hard to create scoring opportunities. Burkard’s solid forward defence was undone by Wisaston’s experienced bowler, trapping him LBW. The score stagnated until Ben Chudleigh joined Carney at the crease, scoring a quick fire 26 including a ‘ramp’ shot for 6, he looked extremely comfortable but with pressure on to score runs, Chudleigh had to play big shots and was consequently bowled trying to move the score along. Carney kept a cool head and with Joe Richards supporting, Carney pushed the score to 105 from 45 overs.
When Wisaston’s batsman walked to the middle, the sun had dried the pitch and they made a positive start. Opening bowlers Petznick and Lawton couldn’t make a breakthrough, Carney called on experience bowlers Dave McKinlay and Steve Austin to try and peg back the score. McKinlay and Austin made a made a huge impact, bowling consecutive maidens to slow the score. McKinlay made the breakthrough, claiming the wicket of the dangerous opening bat. His afternoon continued in similar fashion, his experience brought 4 more wickets, the pick of the wickets being an outstanding catch from square leg from Joe Richards. McKinlay finished the day having bowled 10 overs, taking 5 wickets for just 11 runs. Wistaston has already done enough damage to get them over the line, claiming the 106 runs needed to take 25 points.
Next week the 1sts travel to Hartford, whilst the 2nds host Haslington at home.