Saddleworth League leaders Uppermill comfortably defeated rivals Saddleworth on Saturday, to maintain control of the title battle.
With a match report, here’s Graham Oldham:
UPPERMILL EXTINGUISHED SADDLEWORTH’S hopes of narrowing the points gap with an easy victory at the Well-i-Hole. As a result of a torrential downpour the start was delayed and the match reduced to 33 overs per side. Uppermill won the toss and asked Saddleworth to bat first.
Batting was not easy but some batsmen seemed intent on giving the Uppermill fielders catching practice. Only skipper Steve Howard with 31 from 62 balls hung around as we were bowled out for 115. For Uppermill, Mark Lees took 4/37 and professional Imran Aslam 4/48.
In reply, the Uppermill batsmen showed how it should be done. led by Andy “Paco” McVeigh with 55 not out, they coasted home by eight wickets with nine overs to spare.
In the second XI match, veteran Jeff Lawrence carried his bat to finish on 91 not out as Saddleworth made 186, Andy Jones with 4/52, and two Uppermill veterans, Cec Wright and Ian Johnson, taking three wickets each. This total did not prove to be a problem for Uppermill, who reached the target for the loss of five wickets, Jones completing a fine all round performance with 66 runs.
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