Cricket: Lindow celebrates remarkable weekend


Lindow managed to record five wins in three days across the Bank Holiday weekend.

The 1st XI led the way as they looked to make it back to back wins when they welcomed Tattenhall to Upcast Lane. Having been asked to bat, the home side started well with Rob Herriott falling just one short of his maiden Lindow half-century. However, with Herriott gone the Lindow batsmen failed to build on the promising start and they finished on a below par 155 all out.

If the first half was disappointing, the second half was exceptional and full of intensity. Tim Young (6-22) and Alex Matthews (4-29) bowled superbly and the fielding was first class with fine catches in the gully from Adam Bull and at first slip from Ben Tyler. Tattenhall had no answer to the Lindow attack and finished 51 all out.

The 2nd XI travelled to Davenham for a tough match against one of the promotion favourites. Having won the toss, Lindow asked the hosts to bat and although they batted well, scoring 226, the visitors still felt they were in the game. The wickets were shared around with three for Khalid Ahmed and Matt Ramsden and two each for Tom Rae and Liam Howarth.

Despite losing two early wickets, the Lindow batsmen regrouped and fine innings from Matt Myatt (68), Matt Ramsden (53 not out), Dan Braddock (47) and Pete Hodge (37 not out) saw Lindow home for a 6 wicket win that sends them top of the table.

The 3rd XI welcomed Prestbury 2nd XI to the club's Alderley Park ground. Batting first, Lindow scored 179-5 with 66 not out from Dean Cox and 31 from skipper Hassan Mahmood. In reply Prestbury could only manage 73 all out as Rob Venables (4-21) and U13 Ross Livingston (2-13) on his senior team debut, proved too much for the visiting batsmen. The Club's Saturday 3rd XI, only launched this season, remain unbeaten.

On Sunday the 4th XI welcomed Elworth 3rd XI to Upcast Lane for the opening league match of their season. Once again the talent coming through the Club's junior section made the difference, as rising stars Will Espley (3-17) and Tom Orr (3-5 from 5 overs) helped bowl out the visitors for just 100. The home side won by 7 wickets with Rob Venables (31 not out) top scoring.

On Monday the 4th XI were back in action, this time in the T20 Cup against Bramhall 3rd XI. Bramhall were restricted to 106 from their overs after an inspired spell of bowling from Si Rowland (5-21). The home side won by 8 wickets, with Rob Venables scoring 42, to cause a cup upset and make it a weekend clean sweep for Lindow.

Photo: Tim Young 6-22 for Lindow 1st XI

Match report by Rowan Day.

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