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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The first eleven snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Milnrow at Ladyhouse on Saturday with a twenty two run victory. This win maintains the Moonrakers second position, eleven points clear of third as they go into next week’s clash with leaders Crompton at Towncroft.

After winning the toss Jones elected to bat first and promoted Tierney to opening due to the absence of Tahir. Tierney looked to have matured since he last opened at the start of the season and managed to use the pace of MIlnrow’s professional Pryce to pick up singles. Together Walker and Tierney built a good foundation as Walker departed to leave the score 104-1.

As Kemm came to the crease he attempted to increase the run rate. Not long after his arrival Tierney was run out for an impressive 55 off 107. With the middle order being expansive in their shot selection, this led to the loss of wickets as Jones, Foden and Crangle all attempted to pile on the runs but got out in the process.

Kemm finished unbeaten on 63 as the Moonrakers ended their innings on 210 for 7. This was considered thirty or so short of a solid total at tea.

The Moonrakers got off to an excellent start with ball as Hughes and Buckley shared the opening wickets to leave Milnrow on 3-2. As Power and Price found themselves with a mountain to climb they began to consolidate and similarly Price began to grow in confidence. Just as they were beginning to settle Hughes had Power caught behind to leave the score on 49-3.

The fourth wicket stand between Dryden and Price shifted the power towards Milnrow. And as Price brought up his half century there was an air of Rudi Second’s Century against the Moonrakers the previous season at Ladyhouse, as Price too didn’t give an opportunity looking a class above. With a change of bowler Pritchard bowled Dryden and broke a 51 run partnership for the fourth wicket.

As Kemm began to bowl his consistent areas, Price went from strength to strength as he brought up his century and was on course to steer Milnrow to victory. However with a change of bowling Tom Rutter released a good delivery as he knocked Price over on 112 to leave the score on 188-7.

Even after the departure of Price Milnrow were in sight of victory; however Rutter mopped up the tail with Milnrow failing to add a run after the departure of Price and losing by 22 runs.

The scorecard for this game can be found here

Mike Pritchard

 
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