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Weekend Review Droylsden Cricket Club
Monday 3rd July 2017 @ 10:57 by Mark Phillip

It was a successful weekend for the club which saw wins for the 1ST and 3rd XI’s and also the U11s.

After the U11s win against Denton West on Friday night and the 1st XI’s third T20 loss of three, again in the last over, attention turned back to the league. Droylsden bowled first at Oakfield against Wythenshawe and soon saw the rewards as the visitors were reduced to 13-2 in the sixth. After a  steadying of  the ship to reach 52-2 this quickly became 56-6 with Nathan Nistico taking five of the six wickets finishing with figures of 5-56. A mini recovery occurred until the score reached 89 and the tail collapsed to the bowling of Alex Jones and Aaqib Uppal leaving Wythenshawe 104 all out.

The chase didn’t start well for DCC as they were soon reduced to 20-3 with Greg Shirley, Paul Smith and Uppal all going cheaply. It was up to the experience of Mike Schofield (58*) to guide the team home with ease in the end, securing a win by 5 wickets with just under 15 overs remaining. The win leaves DCC in fourth place, still in the promotion places.

The 2nd XI should have made it two out of two for the club on Saturday but lost by one wicket away to Denton.  Droylsden posted a competitive 144 with Bahroz Ahmed (43) and Usman Ali  (42) doing the bulk of the work. In reply, Droylsden  reduced Denton to 121-9 with Jamie Walker, (4-55), and Ahmed, (5-44), leading the way, but were unable to get the final wicket which would have secured an excellent victory against top of the league. There was certainly lots of positives to take from the match into the rest of the season.

While Oakfield was playing host to Lancashire’s visually impaired team against Staffordshire on Sunday, the thirds travelled to Springhead. They posted a mammoth 245 with Kaleem Ahmed (93), Paul Phillips (50), Jawaad Iqbal (37) and Peter Muirhead (27) the main run scorers. Springhead never looked like chasing down the total, eventually finishing on 145-6 from their 40 overs with William Wright (2-31) and Ian Blewitt (1-3) the pick of the bowlers. Youngster Finlay Phillips also impressed with the ball. That made it two consecutive wins for the 3rd XI as they march up the table.

This coming weekend, the 1st XI are away at Glossop 2nd XIs on Saturday while the 2nd XI again have no game. The 3rd XI host Stand on Sunday with a 2pm start.

By Jacob Graham