Updated: May 13, 2019
The last time Mossley 1st XI played Kerridge 1st XI, the game was interrupted by a pitch invasion from a rampaging bullock which led to much media coverage including on the BBC’s ‘Close Calls on Camera’. This time, the game was memorable for some fabulous cricket and two high scoring innings.
Mossley skipper, Gareth Cresswell won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp, soft pitch. The Kerridge openers got off to a steady start but the breakthrough came with the score on 34 as the evergreen Patrick Moss took Steven Regan’s wicket, caught by Cresswell, for 11 runs. This brought Danny Brown to the crease who immediately began to set about the Mossley attack. He was ably supported by Alan Harbige who scored 22 before falling to Moss, clean bowled. Brown continued to accumulate runs at a good rate but the Kerridge middle order began to wobble with 3 more wickets captured by Moss, giving him a well deserved return of 5 wickets for just 37 runs.
Luke Wild (38) came to the crease and stemmed the flow of wickets, while at the other end, Brown continued to smash boundary after boundary off the Mossley bowling. Brown soon passed 50 and it looked likely that a century was on the cards but skipper Cresswell had other ideas and took a smart catch off his own bowling to dismiss Brown for 88. It was a fine innings and the Mossley relief was palpable as he returned to the pavilion. Ryan Speak came back to the attack after a fruitless first spell and ended up with figures of 3-66 and bringing the Kerridge innings to a close, Cresswell took 2-31, Kerridge finishing on 204 all out.
The Mossley innings was opened by Speak and Tom Pearson. Speak, the more aggressive of the two quickly accumulated 24 before falling to the bowling of Danny Brown. Ben Chudleigh came to the crease but was out lbw to his first ball, leaving Brown to bowl his next delivery to achieve a hat trick. Gareth Cresswell arrived at the crease and spoiled the party for Brown by fending off the next delivery. Pearson’s patient innings came to an end when on 16 he was bowled by Adam Banks. Pat Moss joined Cresswell at the crease and began the task of steadying the ship and then accelerating the run rate which they did to great effect. Cresswell was in fine, belligerent form and soon passed his fifty.
Cresswell was supported superbly to his century before Moss played on to his own wicket having scored 33. The seasoned campaigner, Barry Carney, was next to the wicket and had the relatively simple task of holding up one end and ensuring that Cresswell retained as much of the strike as possible. Cresswell crowned a magnificent innings by hitting his twelfth six to secure victory for Mossley and top score with 120 not out and in the process broke the club’s record for most sixes hit in a single innings.