Match Report Droylsden CC get back to winning ways
Tuesday 6th June 2017 @ 10:14 by Mark Phillip

Droylsden got back to winning ways in the League as they found their feet in their bid for promotion to Division 1. 

Friday night’s T20 fixture against Denton St Lawrence was abandoned due to rain. There will be T20 action at Oakfield on Friday, June 9, as Droylsden Bears host Denton West (6.15pm start)

Saturday saw the team host fellow mid-table side Whalley Range with a win vital having lost the last four outings. Droylsden batted first but were soon struggling at 47-4 with Alex Cicchirillo’s 25 being the only notable contribution from the top four. Wickets continued to fall at regular interviews as Droylsden fell to 107-9 with Richard Mooney scoring a key 29. A last wicket partnership of 44 between Nathan Nistico and Alex Jones was key to seeing DCC post 151. It was something to bowl at but hardly an excellent total with just four batsmen making it into double figures.

Early wickets would be key if Droylsden were going to get back on track in the league and they certainly came. The Whalley Range opener was run out in the first over by wicket keeper Matt Halliday and 10-1 quickly became 29-6 as Haroon Cheema (2-21) and Nistico (3-23) got in on the act. Bowling changes were successful at both ends as Jones (3-2) and Uppal (1-20) cleaned up the tail to bowl the visitors out for 69 in 26 overs, completing a comprehensive victory which moved Droylsden up to fifth in the Division 2 table.

The 2nd XI faced an away fixture at Bolton Indians also looking to get back on track after some recent disappointing results and performances. Early wickets from Roche (3-65) reduced the home side to 43-3 but a 165 run partnership put the game well out of DCC’s reach. Bolton Indians declared on 269-6 after 41 overs following a break for rain.

After tea, Droylsden were set a D/L target of 220 from 32 overs after a rain stoppage. Jacob Graham (10) was just one of three batsmen to make it into double figures along with Muirhead (11) and Owens (12) as they were bowled out for just 63 in the 22nd over. Defeats don’t get much bigger than that.

After the T20 encounter at home on this coming Friday night, DCC 1st XI travel to Edenfield on Saturday followed by another away trip to face Prestwich 2nd XI on Sunday. The 2nd XI will be looking for their third win of the campaign against ninth place Thornham at home on Saturday.

By Jacob Graham