Lindow's 1st XI hosted another local team Hale Barns on a wet and stormy afternoon at Upcast Lane. With relegation still looming for both sides a wash out was the last thing either teams wanted, but a break from the rain and a monumental effort to prepare the ground allowed the game to get underway.
Hale Barns won the toss and elected to bat in the hope of obtaining extra batting points before the weather brought an end to the day. Nevertheless Lindow's seam attack came out in their usual fast and aggressive manner, making light work of Hales Barn's top 3 batmen and sending them all back to the pavilion with ducks.
After removing the openers, Howarth (19-2) were unlucky not to take out their 4 and 5 in what was an exceptional spell from the big man. Jogi (17) and Matton (43) rode their luck well and began to stabilise the innings for the visitors. Ramsden (26-1) finally broke the partnership with some teasing leg spin. Shortly after Basshardt (6-3) was confirming the turn and ripped through Hale Barns lower middle order with little to show for themselves. A contribution from the tail end saw the visitors enter the point's zone, but Tyler (43-3) was on to them and brought an end to the visitor's efforts on 124.
A shower during tea delayed proceedings and saw 5 overs taken off the second innings. However the storm predicted to end the game never came and Lindow began their run chase in the warm August sunshine, feeling like lady luck was back on their side.
Peel (52) and Baker (26) began the innings strongly, picking off the bad balls and running hard. The wet outfield made boundaries hard to come by but the openers pressed on until Baker was trapped LBW. Christys (5) came to support the now free scoring Peel until the Hale Barns skipper ordered for a change of tactics in the hope of find the breakthrough. Taking advantage of the life and bounce still in the wicket Edwards (13-1) and Phelan (13-1) managed to do just that, quickly finding both Peel and Christys outside edges. Unfortunately for the visitors the damage was already done and Bull (31*) supported by Tyler (6) knocked off what remained in to see Lindow to their 3rd consecutive 25 point victory.
The 2nd XI's game with Hales Barns was postponed due to the road closure after a serious accident in the area.
The 3rd XI took on Langley on Sunday and were again victorious. Lindow batted first and Langley bowled some tight lines never allowing Lindow to get going. Regular wickets restricted Lindow to below par 72 all out. Langley mixed up their batting order and the first wicket fell in the 3rd over. Several bowling changes brought further wickets and the highlight was a diving 1 handed catch from Dan Braddock at slip! Alex Taylor came back into the attack to take the final wicket, leaving Langley stranded agonisingly short on 71. Another good win for the 3rd XI at Lindow.
Match report by David Kendrick.