Cricket: Lindow 1st XI firing on all cylinders against Malpas


Lindow elected to bat first against Malpas and the opening pairing of Joe Booth and Rocker Robinson got off to a typically positive start.

Booth scored 16 off 11 balls before mistiming one to mid-off, but Robinson employed aggressive tactics as he carted the ball to all corners of the ground leaving a merciless and indiscriminate trail of destruction in his wake. By the time his breathtaking innings of 130 came to an end, the game had already been put to bed and the Malpas team left demoralised as Brady Yates and Chris Taylor contributed useful 40s and Arpan Desai chipped-in with 25.

In response, Malpas made the worst possible start by losing two wickets in the first five overs. Sam Walker strolled through the remainder of the top and middle order, finishing with a well-deserved five wickets whilst his bowling partner Scott Howarth also contributed with a typically bullish spell of fast bowling which saw him claim four victims.

Malpas were eventually dismissed for 95 with Luke Unsworth picking up the last two wickets.

Ultimately Lindow ran out 175 run winners but, despite their resounding victory, the team remains focused on what is likely to be a much tougher test against newly promoted Barrow on Saturday.

Lindow's 2nd XI welcomed Woodford to Upcast Lane as they sought to consolidate their place at the top of the league table.

However, after winning the toss and batting first, both openers were dismissed cheaply and at 95 for 6 Lindow were in some trouble. However a superb counter attacking innings from Ben Rose (37) and some heavy hitting by Khalid Ahmed took the initiative away from the visitors and placed it firmly back into the hands of the home team as they finished strongly to reach 219 for 9 and set a challenging target.

In truth Woodford never threatened to even get close to scoring the necessary runs as wickets fell at regular intervals with off spinner Jonny Stubbs starring with 4-39.

Match report by Rowan Day.

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