Cricket: Lindow extend their lead


Lindow 1st XI travelled to third place Alvanley on Saturday knowing that an eighth consecutive win would give them some breathing space in the promotion places.

Having won the toss Lindow elected to field and they made a good start with the home side reduced to 18-2 thanks to excellent bowling from Alex Matthews (4-39). The wickets continued to fall and with the home side 138-7 off 43 overs it looked like Lindow would be chasing a modest total. However, a late flurry from the lower order batsmen meant Lindow needed 194 for victory, made harder by losing the first six of their overs to rain.

When they were able to begin their innings the Lindow batsmen set about things with their usual positive intent with Rob Herriott (36) and Grant Waldron (44) impressing again. With the game in the balance Lindow captain Ben Tyler took control smashing 51 not out from 42 balls and giving his side the victory.

With second place Brooklands losing, Lindow now have a lead of 21 points at the top of the table, but know there's a lot of hard work to be done across the remaining 13 games.

Lindow 2nd XI have also gone top of the league with a comprehensive home win against Alvanley. The visitors were bowled out for just 97 with Sam Walker (4-23), Tom Rae (2-19) and Matt Ramsden (2-26) the pick of the bowlers.

In response Lindow chased the total down in just 20 overs with Jamie Peel (35), Andy Hume (34 not out) and David Kendrick (20 not out) leading the way.

Lindow 3rd XI made it five wins in a row after victory away at Trafford MV. Having been asked to bat first, Lindow posted 161 after a classy 54 from Dean Cox, well supported by another good innings from Henry James (22).

Trafford were then blown away for just 78 after inspired spells of bowling from Khalid Ahmed (5-39) and Paul Wilson (4-6).

Despite posting 214-7 against Ashley, with 81 for Pete Hodge, Lindow 4th XI lost for the first time this season but remain top of their division.

Match report by Rowan Day.

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