Outcasts C.C. Season 2013

In summary, Outcasts season was played 14, winning 5 and losing 9. A brief outline for each match appears below with links to the detailed match reports.

Tuesday 20th August. Outcasts 84 for 6 - Peak Park Planners 86 for 4. Peak Park won by 6 wickets.
Outcasts final match of the 2013 season ended in defeat as the Peak Park Planners successfully chased down the target of 85 with the best part of two overs to spare. Outcasts innings got off to a poor start loosing a wicket off the second ball and then consistently struggled to score quickly enough throughout their innings. In reply Peak Park scored ahead of the required rate for the most part of their innings losing 4 wickets in the process, one of which was another run out by Eric who's been in good form fielding close in this season. But in the final analysis, Outcasts inability to score enough runs never really gave the bowlers enough to work with.
The match report and score sheet is now available.

Wednesday 14th August. Swinton Lions for 5 - Outcasts 96 for 6. Lions won by 28 runs.
A 3 week break from cricket and Outcasts were back in action at Home to Swinton Lions. The bowling attack was somewhat rusty and there were inevitably some loose deliveries which the Lions top order duly dispatched setting a target for Outcasts to chase of 125. The opening partnership of Tony T and Eric responded magnificently and after the first four overs we were well ahead of the. However, failing light and a good bowling change did for the two openers and the rapid start was pinned back. A further 3 wickets fell without too much addition to the score, but a late response wasn't enough to get a result. Conditions were bad for both sides especially the fielders for at least the batsmen had some sort of idea where the ball was coming from. This match closes our season at home, leaving the final match next week to be played at Bakewell for the most attractive fixture of Outcasts calendar. Match report to follow, but
the score sheet is now available.

Wednesday 31st August. Adlington Nomads - Home.
The return fixture with Adlington Nomads at home succumbed to the much predicted rainfall forecast.

Thursday 25th July. Albion 168 for 3 - Outcasts 92 for 5. Albion won by 76 runs.
For the second week running, Outcasts were completely outplayed this time by Albion. Runs from the Albion attacked flowed freely as Outcasts bowling was again below par and the game took on an all too familiar look from the previous match where the ball was comprehensively dispatched to the boundary, or fell into gaps in the field. And, as was the case last week, we lost a crucial wicket in the first over and then struggled to come to terms with the bowling. Scott again played very well with both bat and ball, and Eric tried his hardest to find much needed boundaries, but we were never at the races.
Match report and score sheet available.

Wednesday 17th July. Chorley Hospitals 140 for 2 - Outcasts 106 for 5. Chorley won by 34 runs.
Outcasts were ambushed in this fixture by some very good novice players in the Chorley team. A new venue at Gregson Lane CC for Outcasts in a rural setting wasn't enough to inspire Outcasts to chase down 140, thus coming up 34 runs short. Scott Broadhurst excelled in all departments, first bowling and in the field and then smashing a quick fire 30. A good effort from the batters, with Colin Wood and Kyran Noone having a good game, but alas the target was always out of reach particularly after the first 8 very tidy overs of the Chorley attack.
Match report and score sheet available.

Saturday 13th July. Hebden Bridge C.C. Away.
Full apologies to Hebden Bridge C.C. but Outcasts had to withdraw from this fixture with late notice. There were too many absentees from the playing squad, and despite numerous attempts to invite contacts from just about every source we were never able to field a team for this. It is a very embarrassing position and one which we will endevour not to repeat.

Wednesday 10th July. Salford Personnel 112 for 6 - Outcasts 113 for 2. Outcasts won by 8 wickets.

Outcasts restricted Salford to 112 runs in their allotted 20 overs, Ron and Scott keeping things tight at the start and Graham chipping in at the end with two good wickets. In reply, Ted and Tony T set about the bowling, with Ted scoring heavily down the leg side putting his lean spell behind him with an undefeated half century, thus carrying his bat through the innings - who and when was this last achieved? - Answers to Allrounder for a prize! So, with two overs to spare Outcasts won by 7 wickets and the season's record now reads played 10, won 5 lost 5. Match report and score sheet available.

Sunday 30th June. Abbotsbury 222 for 8 - Outcasts 137 all out. Abbotsbury won by 85 runs.
Back down to earth as Outcasts are humbled. Abbotsbury CC with it's picturesque ground 223 for 8 - Outcasts 137 all out. However, another enjoyable trip to Dorset.
Match report to follow, score sheet and photos available.

Saturday 29th June. Outcasts 141 for 5 - Dorset Planners 115 all out. Outcasts won by 26 runs.
Outcasts are victorious against Dorset Planners at Symondsbury winning by 27 runs. Colin Wood opening up and top scoring to be rewarded with the man of the match award with Paul Chick putting in great bowling spell.
Match report and score sheet available.

Wednesday 26th June. Adlington Nomads 159 for 4 - Outcasts 78 for 5. Adlington won by 81 runs.
Outcasts were comprehensively outplayed in this new fixture at Adlington. Clearly the opposition had more class under their home rules but Outcasts didn't help themselves with some poor fielding. The ball just raced to the boundary off our bowling where we struggled to get big runs. On a positive note, we managed to bat the allotted overs and everyone was involved in the game.
Match report and score sheet is available.

Wednesday 19th June. Reynolds 76 for 8 - Outcasts 78 for 5 - Outcasts won by 5 wickets.
Outcasts got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory at home to a Reynolds XI who were a little under strength from the corresponding away fixture at the start of the season. Outcasts bowling took a tight grip on the match from the start and never really let go as wickets fell on a low slow track. Colin Dixon top scored for Reynolds, capitalising at the end of the innings with some fine boundaries. In reply Outcasts lost a couple of early wickets but Roger held things together even though to slow bowling wasn't to his liking. Tony T however doesn't miss many chances to despatch such bowling and guided the innings to it's conclusion with a good 33 as Dave Walsh - making his debut, joined him to seal the victory.
Match report and score sheet now available

Wednesday 12th June. Outcasts 97 for 3 - Salford Personnel 98 for 1. Salford won by 9 wickets.
10 minutes before the scheduled start of play at Lower Broughton rain looked the likely winner, but the conditions dried up and the match got underway with Outcasts choosing to bat first thinking it would be a night for a bit of battng practice before the rain returned to end matters. How things changed and as the night drew to it's conclusion, the sun was shining brightly, and true to form, causing problems for the batters facing the river end. Outcasts got off to a terrible start losing 3 wickets in the first three overs with only a single bye to trouble the scoreboard. However, Colin and Eric played themselves in and got Outcasts to a magnificent 96 by the close of their innings - a very fine performance. Salford had the advantage by batting second and kept the scoreboard ticking over, but 5 dropped catches and a couple of missed stumpings by Outcasts didn't help their cause as Salford eased their way to a 9 wicket victory.
Match report available.

Wednesday 5th June. Albion 118 for 7 - Outcasts 67 all out. Albion won by51 runs.
A lackluster performance from Outcasts never really got out of second gear as Albion set a target of 118. It was just one of those nights where nothing seemed to happen with either bat or ball when it was needed, although Ron Trusedale put in another fine performance in his four overs. In the end we fell some 50 runs short of the target as Albion avenged their defeat from a couple of weeks ago.
The match report is now available.

Wednesday 29th May. Chorley Hospitals 61 for 6 - Outcasts 62 for 2. Outcasts won by 8 wickets.
Outcasts bowling proved to be too much for Chorley Hospitals under dark skies that threatned rain all evening. The game looked at one point to be called off as earlier rain showers came across the Pennines. However, Chorley opted to bat first but could only manage 61 runs off a very good Outcasts bowling performance on a wet wicket. Ron Truesdale coming on first change bagging three wickets. Despite 3 catches going to ground and some not out LBW decisions which on another night would have had been given, Chorley battled through their 20 overs which at one point yeilded only 31 runs off the first 13 overs. Outcasts reply started with the loss of a couple of early wickets, but Tony Threlfall and Paul Mooney put on an unbeaten 50 partnership to guide Outcasts home in a little over 13 overs.
The match report is now available.

Wednesday 8th May. Albion 115 for 5 - Outcasts 116 for 5. Outcasts won by 5 wickets.
Outcasts clinched a last ball thriller at home to Albion on Wednesday evening. Chasing 115 in 20 overs, Outcasts cruised through their first dozen overs, but once Neil Flanagan came on to bowl runs started to become a little more difficult to come by. Outcasts were once again guilty of ignoring too many comfortable singles and this nearly cost them dearly. Shahid's innings of 53 was crucial and he was ably backed up at the other end after Scot and Paul got us off to a good chase. A nervous final over culminating in the last ball winner was a fitting end to an evenly contested match.
The match report is now available.

Thursday 2nd May. Outcasts 96 for 3 - Reynolds 97 for 2. Reynolds won by 8 wickets.
Last Thursday was a beautiful evening at Ashley C.C. Outcasts opened their season in high spirits. 12th man Shahid stepped into Steve Ramsden's spot who had to withdraw from playing earlier in the day and Shahid promptly obliged with bat and ball. However, Outcasts struggled with taking their chances and having batted first on a very green strip made 96 for 3 from their 20 overs. The Reynolds opening pair proved to be un-movable and laid a solid platform to setup a victory with the best part of 3 overs left.
The match report is now available

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