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Sat 17
1st XI
Sat 17
13:30
Friendly
Euxton CC
1st lose to strong Euxton 1sts in friendly

1st lose to strong Euxton 1sts in friendly

By Neil Harvey
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More match time ahead of first league game next week


From 1st XI captain Harry Bates:

It was a tough game yesterday against a top class side in Euxton 1st XI. They are after all, 2 divisions above us!

They won the toss and elected to bat. Matt Eastham and Mac Morris opened the bowling for us, both bowling good lines and lengths but the batting class of Euxton showed as they quickly put the runs on all the way through the innings.
New man George Tyrer was the pick of the bowlers with excellent tenacity and was unlucky not to grab himself a wicket!

I grabbed myself a couple of wickets towards the end however they ended on 262 after their 40 overs, obviously a top class effort by them. We were a bit down at the halfway point however Tom and Imran went out and put on a 50+ partnership for the first wicket, Imran departing for 26. Mac then came in and grabbed a lovely 50 for himself, ending on 51, with 8 fours and a six. Tom finished on 37, and whilst there wasn't really any other contributions lower down the order, we can be proud of our efforts against a team 2 divisions above us.

All in all it was a good learning curve and we far from disgraced ourselves putting in a decent performance against a top class outfit.

Thanks again to Euxton for the game and good luck to them for their first proper season in the Palace Shield, we're sure they'll smash it!

The firsts move on to their first league game next week vs Penwortham 3rd XI at Limbrick.

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Match date

Sat 17, Apr 2021

Kickoff

13:30