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First Sunday League Match Starts With A Win

First Sunday League Match Starts With A Win

21 Apr 2021

Delph 3rd XI opened their new venture in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Sunday League with an away fixture against Mottram 3rd XI. Mottram Cricket Club’s ground looked like a picture in the sunshine and is a credit to all involved in the club.

Delph batted first but struggled early on against opening bowlers Paul Marks and William Davis and struggled to 6 for 67. Only opener Jason Leaver made a significant contribution early on with a patient 29. Then young Noah Kershaw, playing his first senior match, joined forces with Lucas Selby and the pair slowly started to rebuild the innings. Selby survived a dropped catch in the covers when in single figures, but he then started to find his form stroking the ball elegantly around the ground.

The pair added a valuable 31 runs before Kershaw was bowled for 3 off 29 balls but his support to Selby was crucial at that time. This brought in George Partington at No 9 and the two 15 year olds soon started crashing the ball around. They put on a partnership of 126 which proved to be a match winning one. Partington made a chanceless 81 off 45 balls with 10 4’s and 3 6’s before falling in the 38 th over. Selby remained unbeaten on 75 off 59 balls with 10 4’s and 1 6 to steer Delph to a formidable 240 for 8 off their allotted 40 overs.

In reply Mottram were kept pegged back by opening bowlers Isaac Jones and Zak Pemberton and were soon reduced to 4 for 18 and then 7 for 44. Some late order partnerships with Harley Swain (12), Sam Bennett (28) and Scarlett Maxwell-Brahms (10) added some respectability to enable the home side to reach 96 at the close of the innings and a win for Delph by 144 runs. The wickets were shared about by the Delph bowlers with Isaac Jones taking 2 for 9, Zac Pemberton 2 for 12, Lucas Selby 2 for 17, George Partington 1 for 11 and Isaac Davis 1 for 15.

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