Mossley Under 14s travelled to league leaders, Moddershall and Oulton for a mid season clash. Captain Harry Gittins lost his 6th toss in a row and the Moddershall captain chose to field. Mossley openers Lyle Galbraith and the ever present James Goodwin had a terrific opening stand of 48 runs comprising a few big blows from Goodwin and singles from Galbraith. However, a good ball from the bowler meant Goodwin could only chip the ball to mid off for a simple catch. Some superb running from Lyle (22) and the other Mossley batters meant the score at the close of the innings was a very respectable 83-8. Moddershall's leg spinner took a fantastic 3 wickets for 5 runs to keep Mossley in check.
Moddershall had racked up some good scores so far this season so although the 83 was a good total set by Mossley, it looked achievable by the confident Old Road outfit. Mossley opened the bowling with Tom Farrall, who had recently made a brilliant second team debut. He started well, bowling a telling line outside off stump. Lewis Johnstone at the other end bowled with hostility and pace and made it difficult for the Moddershall team to score. Skipper Harry Gittins made a shrewd bowling change, opting for the flighted bowling of Niamh Moss who obliterated the Moddershall top order with a spell of bowling yielding 3 wickets for 14 runs off her 4 overs.
A wicket from Jacob Darton from his over also kept the top of the table side behind the run rate. Two brilliant pieces of fielding from Jono Clark and Noah Zimmermann kept the Moddershall side from the boundaries they required and piled on the pressure. Captain Harry Gittins gave brother George an over and he repaid his faith going for only 7 runs. The game was finely balanced until the skipper himself came onto bowl. Figures of 2 wickets for 8 runs off his 4 overs was the difference at the death as Moddershall came up short in a fantastic chase leaving them a mere 7 runs short of the Mossley total.
All in all, a brilliant Mossley performance which shows the hard work in training and match days is paying off. This was a superb game of cricket played played in the right spirit by two excellent teams. Well done to both teams!