Cricket: Lindow secure third successive win

Grant Waldron

Lindow 1st XI travelled to Romiley in search of a third successive league victory. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a good looking wicket.

Lindow's new opening partnership of Rob Herriott and Bobby Hassard has been a revelation so far this summer and so it proved again, adding 87 for the first wicket. When Herriott fell for 52, Grant Waldron joined Hassard at the crease and the pair added 39 before Hassard departed for a well grafted 46. Waldron then picked up the pace falling last ball of the innings for a fine 95, well supported by Osman Butt (26 not out) leaving Lindow on an impressive 238-5.

Once again the Lindow bowlers played their part and the irrepressible Tim Young bowled another fine spell of accuracy and skill taking 6-39. The other bowlers chipped in with two wickets for Ben Tyler and one each for Alex Matthews and Sultan Raja, leaving Romiley 82 all out.

Lindow 2nd XI were also looking for three wins in a row as they welcomed Romiley 2s to Upcast Lane. Having won the toss the home side elected to bowl. Despite a fine innings from Romiley's Tom Roberts (87), the seven Lindow bowlers, who all picked up a wicket, had the better of the first half.

The main disappointment however was the 38 extras conceded, the clear second highest scorer for Romiley.

Lindow started well in reply with both openers, Dan Braddock (57) and Ian Park (63), chalking up half centuries. With both dismissed, Charlie Williams (20) and Matt Myatt (33 not out) pushed on the run chase, but tight bowling meant the game ended in a draw with the hosts on 199-6. Falling just 18 short of victory, the hosts can again take plenty of positives, but were left to rue the extras given away earlier in the day.

Lindow 3rd XI lost for the first time this season, away at a strong Kerridge 1st XI. Batting first, Lindow were unable to post a big score with James Venables (29) and Hassan Mahmood (25) top scoring in their 123-9. In reply Kerridge reached the total five wickets down.

Photo: Grant Waldron, scored 95 for Lindow 1st XI.

Match report by Rowan Day.

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