Cricket: Lindow back to winning ways


Lindow 1st XI travelled to Poynton looking to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats. Skipper Tyler won the toss and asked Poynton to bat on a green, wet wicket. Opening bowlers Howarth and Walker bowled with tight lines making it very hard for Poynton to score freely. Howarth (6-25) got Lindow's first wicket, bowling Kingham with the score on 25. Walker (1-24) got his opening partner shortly after. Howarth was also excellent in the field and added a run out to his six wickets. With Poynton struggling on 50, Tyler (2-14) brought himself on to finish off the Poynton tail-enders, bowling out the home side for just 65.

Led by Richard Robinson (27), Lindow went out in aggressive style giving the Poynton attack no time to settle. Lindow cruised home to win by 8 wickets with Chris Taylor (29*) and Brady Yates (7*) at the crease. Next week Lindow welcome local rivals Hale Barns to Upcast Lane.

Lindow 2nd XI jumped to the top of the league with a convincing win over visitors Poynton.

The start of the match was delayed due to mopping up a soaking wet outfield and pitch, but the efforts to get the game on were amply rewarded when batting first, Lindow set a challenging target by scoring 188-8 from their 40 overs. Opener Dan Braddock top scored with a fluent 41 and later in the innings Dave Kendrick punished a tiring bowling attack with some lusty blows for a well timed 40.

The star of the show though was Lindow opening bowler Khalid Ahmed. Last season's top wicket taker was unplayable at times, and by taking 7 for 30 ensured that Poynton were always struggling. By bowling their opponents out for just 69, Lindow claimed victory by an impressive 119 runs.

Lindow 3rd XI made the short trip to Mobberley hoping to continue their winning start to the season. They lost the toss and were put into bat, with Mobberley eager to make an early breakthrough on a damp track.

However, Mobberley's plans were thwarted by openers Matt Ramsden and Pete Venables who put on a record opening stand of 100 before Venables retired on 52 not out. Lindow posted a steady total of 153-4 from their 35 overs.

Lindow's young seam bowling attack broke through Mobberley in just the third over, when Jamie Hiam, who finished with three wickets, bowled Mobberley's opening batsman. The bowling remained tight throughout and another youngster James Jackson picked up 3 wickets to ensure that Lindow proved too strong for their hosts, who were bowled out for 95.

Match report by David Kendrick.

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