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Shaw Spins the Seconds into the Semi-Finals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

On a scorching day at Towncroft, the Second Eleven faced Monton and Weaste in the Burton Cup Quarter final.

A remarkable spell of spin bowling from Chris Shaw that ripped through the Monton top order, ensured that his side would not be chasing a mammoth score.

Upon winning the toss, Monton captain Graham Lang chose to bat first.

 

Lewis Rigby and Matt Swift opened the batting, and under some tight bowling from Gareth Hughes and Mo Sohail, found the going tough.

 

The pair had taken the score to 43, when Chris Shaw was brought into the attack and made an immediate impact as he caught Rigby off his own bowling for 19.

 

The batting side had no response to Shaw’s variation of flight and spin as he regularly took wickets.

 

Aamir Riaz was Shaw’s second victim as he was bowled through the gate. Swift was well caught at mid-on by Matt Collins for 13.

 

Mark Buckley then had Muhammad Ovais caught at square leg by Matt Foden without addition to the score to leave Monton teetering at 57 for 4.

 

57 for 4 quickly came 58 for 5 as Mark Duddle was caught at slip by Rob Bennett for 1.

 

And it did not get better for the side from Salford as Callum Collins became Shaw’s fifth victim as he was well caught by Hughes at square leg.

 

James Holland was bowled by a Shaw delivery that turned viciously and hit leg-stump after pitching well out side off-stump.

 

Chris Shaw finished his 10 over spell with figures of 10 overs, 4 maidens, 13 runs for 6 wickets. During the 20 overs than Shaw and Buckley were bowling in tandem; Monton and Weaste had collapsed from 43 for 0 to 78 for 9.

 

John Maybury and Matt Lightfoot dug in and took the score to 102 before Foden had Lightfoot adjudged LBW.

 

Graham Lang joined Maybury and set out to frustrate the fielding side. They managed to take the score to 131 for 9 before Lang was caught at mid-on by Shaw for Foden’s second wicket of the match.

 

After the previous day’s performance, Mo Shahid and Matt Foden opened up once again and shared a 57 run partnership before Shahid was caught behind off the bowling of Ovais.

 

With a relatively low score to chase, the Middleton side batted well within themselves against a much improved Monton bowling attack.

 

The Foden brothers took the score to 71 when Pete was caught by Swift off the bowling of Riaz for 9.

 

The batting side kept the scoreboard ticking along without any major scares or pressure applied to the batting side.

 

The elder Foden brother fell victim to the bowling of Holland for 36, as he was trapped in front of the wickets. And Rhys Tierney was stumped by Hammersley to given Riaz his second wicket.

 

But that was the last wicket to fall as Bennett and Matt Collins saw their team home. Collins hitting the winning runs with two consecutive fours to the cover boundary.

 

 

- Middleton will now travel to Walsden in the semi-final of the Burton Cup on the 6th July after they defeated Royton

 
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