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2012 Junior Match Reports

Thursday 17th May - Standish v Walshaw – U15’s League Match

The weather put paid to our planned fixture the week before, so it was great when we were able to get our first home game in against Walshaw.

The team was again short of numbers plus Rory, our debutant in our opening game had decided to pick up a rugby injury as well – so we offered our visitors the chance to bat first as in the spirit of the game they had travelled a fair distance (apparently from a different time zone if the mumblings were to be believed) and they posted a reasonable score just into 3 figures.

Our bowling attack was lead by Aaron Reid who took his first 2 wickets of the season and again Matty Grady waded in with one also.

Walshaw had some handy lads in their team but as in our previous fixture at Springview, once we got into our stride our bowling and all round fielding (including a guest spot from young Harry “H” Walsh) was a real credit to the boys.

Our batting reply saw three good knocks in particular, from Jake McCarthy 26, Paddy Tyrer 21 and Tom White 17, unfortunately we fell short achieving 77 but again the improvement and general all round confidence as the match wore on was great to see – well done again boys !

Finally, I’d like to make 2 special mentions, firstly to the abundance of “midgies” which enjoyed devouring any uncovered skin particularly at the “scoreboard end” and also our ruthless spikey bushes by the Green Lane boundary which happily tore skin off anyone who attempted to retrieve our “corkys” after they had been dispatched to the boundary – we’ve all missed you…..

Thursday 3rd May - Springview v Standish - U15’s League Match

Well after the normal tropical summer promises we had, our opening match (after the predictable wash out for training) was at a cold and decidedly nippy Springview Coliseum!

With the clash between Rugby & Cricket still raging, we took to the field as a magnificent 9, with George Walsh resplendent in his specially shortened whites with standout red socks, clearly designed as some sort of Standish Maori type Haka attire designed to put terror into the minds of the opposition, and in some way that was a success… most of the Springview team did not bat, perhaps out of true fear or perhaps that the openers made good use of their knowledge of the home pitch by having a pretty good knock to be honest.

The Standish wicket takers were Jake McCarthy and a debut wicket for Matty Grady; steady bowling particularly in the second half of the innings from all our bowlers, Paddy Tyrer, Rory Brand (making his debut), Joe Stott and Captain Tom White restricted our hosts to 106 in their 20 overs.

With the light fading faster than a Matt Cardle single, the Standish boys began their reply and it was a huge disappointment for all of us when Tom White was caught out early on for 8 just as he was getting his shots away, a real shame.

Paddy Tyrer produced his best ever batting performance for Standish with a forced retirement at 38 not out, which was recorded without any 4’s or 6’s but knowing Paddy as we do there was no way he could have run all of them !!

Indeed he brought his retirement up with a lovely 4 back over the bowler.

Unfortunately we had a mixed batting performance on the night with no other batsman reaching double figures, but the sight of George Walsh frustrating the home attack with his resilient 4 not out will live long in the memory (or was it those trousers !) in our ultimately short total of 74 for 5.

Finally, a special mention to Denise Fox who provided the two men in her life (Foxy Senior & Junior – imaginatively called) with the delights of “bread”…as I’m not a native of the Wigan / Bolton area I can only suppose that it was the local equivalent of a Red Bull as Graham had never seemed happier from a food intake point of view than I’d seen him this night.

A huge thanks & well played from all of us to the boys and there was a real determination in the fielding and the batting plus a great team spirit which will always be needed for the season ahead.