On a cold and grey day at Upcast Lane, Lindow CC faced up to Bollington CC, a side in good form and sitting at the top of the table. Stand in Skipper Ben Hayes won an important toss and put the opposition into bat, looking to put the opposition under early pressure on a green looking wicket.
What followed was arguably Lindow's finest performance of the season. Opening bowlers Scott Howarth and Henry Grover immediately put their openers under pressure early on, and well supported in the field, Bollington were struggling for run scoring opportunities.
Howarth then took it upon himself to rip through the top order with an excellent display of fast bowling, hitting the top of off stump at will. Howarth may have grabbed the headlines with his six wickets, but his opening partner should be commended also, conceding just 5 runs from his eleven over spell, and picking up one wicket also.
Skipper Tyler brought himself into the attack and promptly cleaned up the tail with three wickets of his own inside, leaving Bollington 45 all out, an incredible effort from all, with well taken catches and sharp keeping behind the stumps alley supporting the hard working bowlers.
In true Lindow fashion, chasing the lowly total of 45 wasn't without a scare, but Jamie "The Wall" Peel and James Bracewell saw the side home by six wickets with overs and time to spare.
An early finish and a rout of the league leaders left Lindow sitting ever more comfortably in mid table, an astonishing effort over the last few weeks to steer clear of relegation trouble.
The 2nd XI travelled to Bollington looking to get back to winning ways. Stand in Skipper Kendrick lost the toss and Lindow were put into bat. Openers Ramsden (56*) and Braddock (77) took to the Bollington attack who struggled to come up with a reply and the visitors were looking comfortable scoring 130 off the first 25 overs without losing a wicket.
Braddock was eventually out LBW, however Ramsden provided the stability to the innings with Kendrick (47) hitting some aggressive boundaries allowing Lindow to declare on 215 for 3.
Mahmood and Ahmed opened the bowling for Lindow and soon began to find their rhythm. Mahmood picked up the top 3 batsmen, supported by spinner Ramsden whose spin was unpayable and took 4 wickets in quick succession. Scott Gaylard two catches on the boundary must get a mention as on a cold windy day the conditions were far from easy. Bollington managed to push the score on moving into the points but Lindow were too strong, eventually bowling the home side out for 170 and picking up maximum points.
Match report by David Kendrick.