It was always going to be difficult to repeat the feat Mossley 1st team managed last week V Aston CC, but with the influential Brown, Wright and Pearson all missing, Mossley headed into the match V rivals Holmes Chapel cautiously. On that cautious note captain Cresswell won the toss and elected bowl first. The first over did nothing to ease the Mossley concerns as two loose shots from the Chapel openers went narrowly past the grasps of Simms and Tideswell to the boundary.
However those at the Moss road ground didn’t have to wait too long before hearing the familiar sound of the ball crashing into the stumps. In the third over Turner, unleashed a fast full-pitched ball in-swinging towards middle stump before seeing it seam into the top of off leaving the Holmes-chapel batsmen bemused on his way back to the pavilion. Similarly to the previous week, wickets fell quickly with Turner and Riley accounting for the away sides’ top five with only 35 on the scoreboard. As the opening bowlers tired Cresswell turned to Speak and Butler, who have on many occasions have been the partnership breakers, and today was no different!
For the third week running Speak took a wicket in his first over, bowling Longley for just 5 runs. Batsmen 7, 8 and 9 all fell in a similar fashion being bowled by the Speak-Butler duo. With 28 overs gone and Holmes Chapel sitting perilously on 62-9 Turner was brought back into the attack looking for his first 5 Wicket haul of the year. However the leg-spinner Chudleigh beat him to the punch securing his maiden wicket in the Mossley first team after a smart catch from Speak in the point region. The Holmes Chapel side were bowled out for 68 in under 30 overs. Another successful week in the field for Mossley!
The fantastic bowling effort had meant the Mossley batsmen had the relatively simple task of scoring 69 from the remaining 60 overs left in the match. Speak and R Burkard, lit alight the Mossley chase with some splendid drives for four through the cover and mid-wicket regions propelling the total to 33 from the first 4 overs. Shortly after, Speak was bowled for 23 by the quick bowling of Maddock which brought A Burkard to the crease. The Burkard-Burkard partnership was the fifth variant of father-son partnerships occurred over recent years.
Unfortunately the younger A Burkard, was unable to replicate his father’s cover drives, and was caught cheaply off the bowling of Maddock. With distant rumblings of a Mossley collapse on the cards the new batsmen Cresswell and R Burkard set about quelling a Holmes chapel fight back. The two batsmen carried Mossley towards the finishing line with controlled innings, before Cresswell finished the match with two big pulls for 6.
The win extends Mossley’s unbeaten start to the season to five games and keeps them in contention for a promotion place.