MOONEY’S HEROICS NOT ENOUGH AS REYNOLDS
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REYNOLDS V OUTCASTS CC – AT ASHLEY CC
THURSDAY 5TH MAY 2016
traditional season curtain raiser, away at our old friends Reynolds CC at
Ashley was the second match of this season, after last week’s trip to a new
venue, Bowdon Vale. Unlike at Bowdon,
where the temperature was positively Siberian, it was a sunny and warm evening
as Reynolds captain Colin Dixon won the toss and elected to bat first, although
it took some time for the game to get underway, which is always a problem for
the team batting second so early in the season.
Doyle and Kyran Noone opened the attack, with Rob taking an early scalp,
bowling Lloyd at the end of the first over for a wicket maiden. Kyran, playing his first match in a while,
settled into a nice rhythm, but the burly Cunningham was in an aggressive mood
and bludgeoned straight sixes from both opening bowlers, indeed the first 18
runs all came from sixes. Kyran had the
last word in this encounter, bowling Cunningham for 24, one run short of the
scoring rate slowed somewhat, with Chris Truesdale and Les Cooper taking over
bowling duties. Chris bowled Higgs for 5,
and Les was his usual economic self, but a substantial partnership between
Holgate and Hulton put Reynolds in a strong position, both retiring at 25.
Mooney, who had arrived late after a journey from Yorkshire then set to work
with devastating results. Using clever
variation of pace, Paul took a remarkable five wickets for five runs in his
four overs, all five of them bowled.
Paul’s figures were the fourth best ever in Outcasts’ history, and the
third best in a 20 over match.
two retired batsmen returned to see out the innings, and Reynold finished on a
challenging 124 for 8. Although Outcasts
had fielded well, the outfield was fast and it seemed that every edge off the
bat raced away for four.
Truesdale and Derek Molyneux began the Outcasts reply, scoring steadily,
although always slightly behind the required rate. Chris was bowled by Higgs for a useful 17,
before Derek had his second consecutive retirement having reached 25. Tony Threlfall and Rob Doyle accelerated the
scoring rate, giving some hope that we could achieve an unlikely victory, but
when they both succumbed to Cunningham for 22 and 23 respectively, the game was
effectively up. Paul Mooney and Colin
Wood were unbeaten at the end, and Reynolds won by 10 runs.
a well contested game with some good contributions all round, but a familiar
tale of falling slightly short on the batting front. The stand out performance though was
undoubtedly Paul’s bowling effort, an early contender for champagne
moment. (Can a match performance count
as a champagne moment? I’m not sure
we’ve ever really sorted that!)