Encouraging Signs…

On the face of it, there didn’t seem to be any encouraging signs from this weekend’s senior games. The firsts were all out for 84, and failed to take a single wicket as Broadbottom cruised to victory. They matched the Germans and Austrians at Eurovision with nil points. The seconds fared slightly better, having Charlesworth at 15-2 before the home side rallied to a strange 193-2. In reply, we doubled our points tally on 107 all out. But, it was encouraging that Peter Crowley’s cold has cleared up, and it was certainly encouraging that Colin Wild hit an unbeaten 32. He now has 48 runs (with no dismissals) and we are not even out of May. That 100 run season is very much in focus at the moment. It was also encouraging that the seconds have now used 29 players this season, with only one of them that can really be considered as a make up, and even he has achieved legendary status. More encouraging news came from the Under 13s on Thursday night who recorded a dramatic win against Compstall, thanks to many of last season’s Under 11s. 

Encouraging signs too from the league who have decided that a separate working body needs to be set up to come up with solutions to the myriad of problems that affect the league. 

Less encouraging is the fact that the seconds are now rooted to the foot of the league, whilst the firsts are in the heady heights of 9th, thanks mainly to the ineptitude of winless Hayfield and Compstall who they face this week.