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Majestic Mort provides tonic for Mossley Misery

Mossley 2nd XI were roundly beaten by opponents, Heaton Mersey Village on Saturday 1st June. Put into bat, HMV made a steady start despite some accurate and pacey bowling from Andy Grange. The muggy conditions and at times the unpredictable bounce, were used to good advantage by Grange who made a much needed breakthrough with the score on 45. Vinroy Jowery, who had risked his arm, accumulated 33 runs before being bowled by Grange.


Honeyghan joined skipper Richard Graham and the two continued to rack up the score. Richard Mort replaced Andy Grange and began the first of two impressive spells of bowling. His first wicket was a smartly taken caught and bowled to dismiss Honeyghan (21) with the score on 87. The HMV middle order supported Graham as they added to the total at a good rate. The next wicket down was Hobson who smashed the ball off Adam Petznick’s bowling towards Mort at deep mid on. Mort took his second catch, making fielding look easy. Mort took the next wicket of Kingsley Parchment with yet another blinding catch in the deep, this time by Andy Grange. Graham continued to anchor the innings and was given good support from Alan Stones (22) and Ivan George (19 not out).


Mossley skipper, Barry Carney, crafted the wicket of Stones, caught Peter Goodwin at square leg. Carney then introduced youngsters, James Goodwin and Tom Farrell to the attack. Farrell was making his senior debut and acquitted himself well, impressing his team mates with his ability. His first senior wicket was well deserved, with skipper Carney taking the catch deep on the mid on boundary. The Mossley fielding was a mixed bag with relatively simple chances being spilled and several difficult chances taken extremely well. All the while, Graham stood resolutely at the crease and passed his 50 and was approaching a century when Mort had him caught behind by Laura Griffiths for 92. James Goodwin returned for a second spell and took the wicket of Glen Campbell (2).


The HMV innings ended on 245-9 with an impressive performance by Mort who took 3 catches and 4 wickets for 56 runs. The Mossley team were left wondering what might have been had those dropped catches been taken.


Laura Griffiths and Leesa Melon opened the Mossley reply and set off at a good rate. Melon was the first to surrender her wicket, bowled by Graham for 9 runs. Griffiths continued to up stubborn resistance, but she was caught and bowled for 13 by Alleyne with the score on 36. The remaining Mossley batsmen failed to add significantly to the score, none of them getting into double figures. The innings ended dismally on 69.


Mossley’s man of the match was Richard Mort for his 3 catches and 4 wickets but the real stars of the show, youngsters James Goodwin and Tom Farrell offered hope for a brighter future at Mossley Cricket Club.


Tom Farrell & James Goodwin

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