Newton entertained Wigan today which many see as an one of three massive early season clashes. With new captain Ant Barlow at the helm the thirds could turn out to be one of the many optimistic things to come out of the club this summer. Losing the toss Newtons captain was sent into the field on a track that the previous day had resulted in close to 450 runs scored on it and early indications suggested that the same situation was on the cards.
Alex Fitzgerald andf Will Griff opened up and immediately had Wigan in playing and missing mode and it would later be down to their heroics with the bat which would garner them more plaudits. Nathan Hughes was whipped into the attack with immediated effect as Barlow took a beauty at mid on showing all the poise and grace of a younger man to remove captain Martlew. Nathan would go on to rip the heart out of Wigans batting picking up 4 brilliant wickets. New recruit Luke Hopkins fielded superbly and played his heart out making many a quality stop to prevent the Wigan onslaught. Kieran Humphreys bowled magically picking up a beauty of a wicket and is continuing to impress (watch out for this kid) While Kieran deserved more success it was Bhalla returning to a bit of form with two for which helped the side reduce the Wigan batting. A few lusty blows could not prevent the inevitable as Fitzgerald wrapped things up nicely with a 2 for. Wigan reaching 163 All out after 37 overs.
The second half was all about the wall. Cartwright and Evans builders for hire set about demoralising the Wigan attack by nullifying the Wigan openers. Cartwright in particular bludgeoned the attack to death with a full face. Evans eventually got board and started to hit some zingers as he amassed a beautiful 77 including a huge six into the Crow Lane houses. Cartwright fell in what he admitted was a plumb LBW decision to much shock of the spectators who expected bat smashing. The paid putting on an excellent 112 for the opening wicket. Evans fell shortly after bored and can find himself unlucky with the decision but fair enough it was a cold day and Wigan needed to be kept interested. However a mini collapse ensued. Ball fell to pad rash. Theres debate over Nathans stumping although older heads say he was out. Brookes and Barlow fell to lazy shots leaving Gazza and Griffo to see the gang home. Needing 15 off 48 balls the pair did it in their own time playing out four consecutive maidens to keep the visitors interested. Griff eventually got fed up and smashed two fours down the ground to give the thirds an opening 25 pointer taking them to the top of the league.
Thanks massively to Caprice for teas (Excellent) and to Sam Duxbury who scored brilliantly today. Thank you to all the parents and spectators that supported the lads we really appreciate it.
Week off next week then we take on Fleetwood Hesketh at home the week after. Big games come thick and fast at the Lane.
4th Team Versus
Match Reports for the 1st Team through to the 4th will appear here throughout the season.
2nd Team Versus Lytham
Newton miss trick in run chase thriller
Newton began their league campaign with what in the past has appeared a tricky task and extremely high scores and today was no different. Winning the toss on an overcast day Newton inserted Lytham and they were rewarded with an early wicket thanks in the main to a great spell of bowling from Nathan Hughes. Nathan would later finish with excellent figures of 3/21. Carmel however dominated the Newton bowling and amassed an excellent 131 allowing Lytham to rack up 222 for 6 declared from 45. Dom Allan deserves credit from his spell and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket or too from his work. Rohan Bhalla had a mixed spell on his return to the seconds finding some rhythm late on picking up two wickets.
Set a huge score a good start was required and Sevans and Bramhall reached 50 for no wicket in a steady way. Both were dismissed with Lunt following quickly after leaving Newton on 80 for 3. Bhalla though rode some luck early on as he found some good form with the bat. Ball made his first second team fifty and went on to amass a well constructed 71. Flynn Murnan also batted beautifully picking up 34 and Nathan Hughes blasted a quick 20 to lay the foundations for a thrilling finish. With 4 overs remaining Newton required 33 to win however Bhalla was cruel run out, Murnan fell shortly after as did Hughes bowled. Warburton and Duxbury added 10 but fell shortly after leaving Newton requiring 9 off the last over. Warburton fell then Duxbury leaving McDonough and Humphreys to see out the remaining 4 balls. Unfortunately the pair couldn't add to the score and Newton fell an agonising 9 runs short meaning that the draw was the result
Newton picked up 8 points with Lytham 9. Early days but there were a lot of positives to take out of the came notably the fact that the side scored in excess of 200 and will look to build on this for weeks to come.
Newton travel to the home of the comp cricket next week with a trip to Aigburth hoping to build on todays performance. Thanks to Debbie Evans who provided a five forker and to Sam and Libby who scored and also to Barry Evans whom we hope has thawed out.