CricX v Liverpool Comp (x2) - 11/08/18

Portrait - Geshan Wimaladharma

Congrats to the Liverpool Comp, who avenged their loss in July, with a 41-run victory over CricX on Friday.

Despite morning rain, the weather gods came good to enable a 35-over fixture against the Liverpool Comp at Northern Cricket Club.

Formby's Aussie Overseas, Tim Smithies, won the toss and gladly decided to bat first. However, CricX side struck an early blow when, Lytham / Cumberland run-machine, Will Hale left a straight one and was cleaned up by Fleetwood Hesketh speedster Gavin Dickenson first ball. Despite the early wicket, the Comp scored quickly but lost regular wickets throughout the innings. Notable scorers from the skipper (30), Tyler McGladdery (39), Corey Fagan (42), Siddish Dixit (29) and John Richardson (31*) ensured the Comp racked up a competitive total (217) after their allotted overs. 

In reply, like the Comp, CricX lost an early wicket, that of Wian van Zyl. The South African overseas amateur has been smoking it for Chorley in the Northern Prem this summer (1,310 runs at 50.38 at the point of writing), but was cleaned up by Wigan's left-arm seamer, Richardson, for nought. He was replaced by another run machine, Keegan Armstrong, who has set the North Wales Prem alight this summer, with 638 runs at 58 for Llandudno. Unfortunately, after a promising start, he was dismissed for 16  from 22 balls. Stand (GMCL) Pro and CricX skipper, Geshan Wimaladharma (2) followed shortly thereafter, leaving CricX in the mire, 64-3. 

With the side reeling, it was left to our Liverpool recruit, Taylor Cornall and Thornham (GMCL) overseas amateur, Tristan Coetzee (788 runs at 39.40 this season) to resurrect the innings. The Lytham left-hander looked a millon dollars, as he tucked into the bowling, taking a fancy to the short leg-side boundary against the left-arm spinners. He was supported by by Coetzee, who produced some fireworks of his own, including a massive six that struck the Northern pavilion. However, with CricX cruising at 131.3, the South African became the first of Harry Clegg's 3 victims, slapping it to cover for 29-ball 42. 

Next in (and out) was Coen Oosthuysen (3), who was brilliantly run out by Hale, then followed Cornall, who was out for a stunning 81 from only 68 balls. Tollard-Williams (3) run himself out and Mahoney (0) was out first ball. Despite some resistance from numbers 9 (Zandre Ellis - 12) and 10 (Travis Pieters - 7), the Comp bowled themselves to victory, with CricX falling 41-runs short, all out for 177. From 131-3, we were cruising at 131-3, needing only 87 from 17 overs (just over 5 runs per over). The wickets of the 2 "T's", and the brilliant run-out from Hale, turned the match on it's head and our lot were swiftly dismissed (losing 7 wickets for 46 runs).

Hats off to the Liverpool side, who removed our "unbeaten" tag. Thanks to Icon Sports UK, once again for the top-notch kit, and to Northern for the hospitality. We look forward to setting the record straight, with another fixture in 2019.

For now though, we look forward to the next matches in the CricX calendar against Durham CCC (Weds/Thurs 16th-17th August), the CricX (Overseas vs English) match at Buckingham Town (Weds 22nd August) and the "Big Bridge Bash" T20 tournament at Thongsbridge on Sunday 26th August.

The scorecards and match footage can be seen on our facebook page (click the link below).


CricX Team v Lpool - Northern CC 2

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