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2nd XL match Reports 2009

Saturday 12th September Kirkham and Wesham AWAY
A glorious end of season. The weather was, as on the first day, fantastic, and the team finished the season on a high. Weety chose to bat, and sent the `dim twins` (Goody and Greggors)  out to open. Goody set the tone with  a six over extra cover second ball of the match, and they then entertained the crowd (of 3)  to a mix of big hits and under 11`s style calling and running. Goody went first to a man in a flat cap and Gregors followed swiping a full toss to a man at mid on. Stevie Hamer and Ian Russell then re-established the innings before Ian also swiped a ball to the same man at mid on. Steve Green joined Steve Hamer for some sharp singles before both fell. Enter the `pup` and Andy Emmo, who carried on the entertainment with both hitting six`s , the pup`s going into someone`s garden! Finally Sam Bromley gave us some entertainment and when he fell, Weety declared having topped 200 for the first time this season, being too lazy to strap any pads on. We opened up with Sir Les and the `pup` , and the old maestro gradually wore down the  concentration of the openers as wickets started to fall. Enter the man in the flat cap , clearly a fashion accessory in those parts (but nowhere else) who promptly dispatched Secky to all parts of the ground. He was joined by an 11 year old (TJ) who did entertained everyone until Weety decided enough was enough. Andy Emmo came on to try an make amends for his somewhat `soft` fielding display and dismissed the man in  the flat cap caught and bowled (yes so you do catch them off your own bowling!) at which point Weety brought himself on and, unfortunately for Sir Les, took the final 2 wickets. Sir Les finished with figures of 21-10-29-7 a testement to his efforts this season 10/10
Saturday 5th September Torrisholme 2nds HOME
After a week of constant wet weather and an almost superhuman job of getting the match on (THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED) we got started slightly late with both teams needing points for different reasons. Weety put the opposition into bat and again it looked the wrong decision when they cantered off to a sound start with 50 soon coming up. Various bowling options were tried  (Adam bowled tight) but it was Sir Les who broke through. Then Weety senior dropped a sitter at short extra, it was clearly not going to be our day...or was it? Bit by bit we started to get wickets, mainly because they needed  to up the strike rate, but also because we got our act together.....and they (like Chorley) started to run themselves out. Tony G picked up an invaluable 3 wickets and in the last over two of their batsmen suicidally ran themselves out to give us all 3 bowling points!  Enter our innings! Andy Emmo lazily threw his wicket away.....Alex got a shocker and Sam was bowled by one keeping low....oh oh.......! By now we knew that St Joe`s were probably not playing.......this was our chance! Weety senior and Bax started the repair job and took the score up to 79 before the former gloved the ball from the leg spinner onto his wicket. Enter Rob Cobley.....loads of promise, not yet delivered.....until today! After a shaky start he grew in confidence and started driving hard. The two of them even hit big sixs and took us home and we won by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare. FAir play to our opposition they tried hard to make something positive happen for them in terms of getting some bowling reward but to no avail. All 10 what was happening at St Joes? Answer -nothing! We were second- confirmed! Cue wild celebrations? no! Knackered bodies and other commitments meant a quiet night! Role on next Saturday, no excuses........a flagon to drink! 9/10
Saturday 29th August Garstang 3rds AWAY
To be brutally honest I can`t think of anything positive to say about this game. We enter into it, knowing that three wins will give us automatic second place. Each and every player knows that they need to stand up and be counted. We know we are playing in slightly hostile surroundings on a not too great a pitch and outfield. So what do we do....? we fail to turn up and perfom. A decent opening stand , and a position of 62-2 turns into 105 all out. Batsmen not knowing what their role is when they go out to bat. Batsmen not knowing whether to attack or defend, or not playing their normal games, not looking at the scoreboard and managing the game, are we looking to bat out the overs, NO, we need more than 105 runs......a captain can`t run onto the field and tell them what to do!!!!! Then when we go out to field we have to be up and at them, give it everything! No, at the sign of the first couple of boundaries our heads drop, arms become folded, hands go in pocket, any chatter that there was, doesn`t help when we miss 5 chances either! 0/10
Saturday 22nd August Chorley 3rds HOME
On a very warm summer`s afternoon the decision to insert the oposition on what looked like a good track was receveived with mixed feelings from players and spectators alike. At 90 for 2 in 23 overs the decision looked stupid. However we did contribute to that ourselves, by having a 12 over period of madness including dropping two catches, missing two run outs and throwing about 8 overthrows. Some of the bowlers struggled because it was a wicket that required you to hit  the deck in the right place, and if you don`t hit the deck.........!!! However, skip (with the agreement of Goody) turned to plan `C` with Goody bowling wide outside off stump to a 7-2 offside field. Allied to some daft running by the Chorley batsmen it worked and 163 didn`t seem enough. Adam G was promoted to open and he and Sam put on 42 for the first wicket. Weety senior scored a solid 32, the `pup ` a tidy 15 and Bax finished the match with 11 no. However, it was Sam Bromley with the first team shackles lifted off him whose magnificent innings of 83no who steered us home comfortably in the end. 7/10
Saturday 15th ST Joesphs HOME
Despite putting together our strongest team of the season for a top of the table clash we b*llsed up! The batting was poor, shot selection and execution was poor! 20 -3 with Sam Brom, Andy Emmo and Weety senior all back in the hutch...not good. A small recovery between Bax and Weety junior gave us some hope, but the constant fall of wickets undermined any minor progress. Only the `pup` with 33 batted to his potential. Then it rained and it rained hard, very hard..........we dried it out and eventually got back on to let them have a 24 over thrash at the total. They fell 3 runs short and we only got 6 wickets. Yes there was some good bowling from all 4 of the used bowlers, and yes they had inordinate amounts of luck. The fieling again was a curates egg of an affair....but all in all a disapointing day,  as Freck and Longridge won. 4/10
Saturday 8th August Ribchester AWAY
When taking on Ribchester in a somewhat Hogwarts style environment, it was a make or break game within the season, and this has to be pursued without the Weetmans. Stand in captain Gregors lost the toss and they chose to bat. With the early stages of the innings slow it took a while before the openers started to find runs, although be it a lot though the slip/gully region. As always Les came on the bring down the run rate and in this case managed to bemuse 9/10's of the Ribchester batting order, a fine display of bowling saw him reach figures of 9 for 38.The other wicket was gained by a 75mph spinner Tony Goodman. On to the Eccleston innings and a dire start saw Danny top edge a ball straight up in the air, so the next partnership saw a stand of 37 between Andy Emo and Ste Hamer cut short when Andy Emo played a lose shot to swing the game back in Ribchesters favour. A flurry of wickets saw the game very much out of our reach and saw us fall to 60-6, however an inspirational fight back from Ian Russell and Ste Green all but won us the game and it would have been fitting for Ian to see the game through but was controversially given LBW for 31. So Ste Green and Danny Flan scuttled a few runs to see us home and put us top of the league and a real possible chance of promotion. 9/10 (editor`s note: A fine example this of modern journalism)
Saturday 1st Augist Thornton Clevelys 3rds HOME
Despite the damp playing conditions and a slightly reduced match we came through to gain a valuable win. Putting the opposition in worked, and they limped along at a very pedestrian rate throughout their whole innings. Les bowled 18 miserly overs from one end finishing with 3-19. Andy Emmo had 3-7 in his 7 overs spell, and Tony G finished with 2-10 in 7 overs. Unfortunately Danny Flann again missed out on the wickets column. Pete Bax was undone by a swinging yorker and Andy Emmo had a little thrash before being stumped whilst walking to work. It was left to the Weetys to finish the match which they did after 14 overs. 7/10
Saturday 25th July Longridge 3rds AWAY
On a warm day, Eccleston chose to insert the opposition, and 38-0 after 8 overs it didn`t look clever. However, 2 wickets in two balls from Rob Cobley and another in his last over of his spell changed things again. Andy Emmerton picked up the dangerous Gale thanks to a superb diving catch from Alex Weetman. Les kept one end quiet wth a 14 over spell, and Tony Goodman  with 3 wickets and the retuning Rob with 2 more finished the innings off with 2 overs to spare. However, 151 was 20 too many.Andy Emmerton got the inning off to a good start, but the loss of him and pete Bax meant rebuilding was done. Alex joined Chris, and although they took it to 45, the pup was the first of leg spinner Pye`s 3 wickets that ripped out the middle of the innings.  At 89-7 it was looking glum but Ian Russell joined Chris, and they took it up to within 8 runs when Ian was bowled for a gutsy 22. Finally we fell 4 runs short, but picked up a valuable 6 bonus points and all was not lost from the day. 6/10
Saturday 18th July Penwortham 3rds HOME
After a week of wet weather, a patchy pitch kept the scores down. Asked to bat, all the batsmen found it hard going, but grafting efforts from Rob Cobley 27, Steve Hamer 23 and Pete Baxendale 15 proved crucial along with a breezy 20 from Goody took us to a competative 144. Alfter a tight opening spell from Andy Emmo and Danny Flann, and a sharp burst from Rob, Sir Les came on from the road end and with Goody providing support from the bottom end, wickets started to tumble and the run rate started to rise. For once we bowled and fielded well, extras were kept to a minimum, catches were held, and finally we got home for a valuable 10 points. This win now puts us in with a very real chance of promotion.Yes we still have to win  almost every game from here on to be absolutely sure of going up, starting with next week`s match against rivals Longridge which will be crucial in that quest. 9/10
Saturday 11th July Fulwood and Broughton 3rd`s HOME
With a much stronger team, we took on our rivals on a placid pitch and fast outfield. The decision to insert the opposition (with rain forecasted) looked poor at 46-0 after 10 overs and 83-1 after 22. However, Alan Richardson`s match turning spell of 7-51 off 17 overs and Tony Goodman`s 1-30 off 11 saw us restrict the opposition to 150-8. Fielding remained indifferent with 5 chances missed. A solid start by Alan and Danny Emmo, was turned into an impending disaster when we were reduced to 64-4. However, Pete Bax joined Weety (snr) and together they took the sting out of the opposition attack and accumulated runs. With the scores level and as the first spits of rain arrived Pete was bowled for 45 , and Tony Goodman came in to dispatch the winning six leaving Weety on 49no 7/10
Saturday 4th July Freckleton AWAY
With a depleted team and tough opponents this rained off match was a bit of a get out. The Freck wicket was lively and their score of 152-7 in 42 overs was looking difficult to chase down when the rains came. The bowling was a little wayward at times and the fielding again was good in parts and abject in others with one or two catches going down. Danny Miller took a wicket with his first ball for Eccleston, and Tony G had 3 for.5/10
Saturday 27th June  HOME v Kirkham and Wesham 2nds
Five on the trot. Another hot day, and a belting wicket. We inserted the opposition and when their openers got to 62 without loss, the decision did not look a good one. However, Sir Les and Adam Sexton tied them down and when Weety senior got some wickets things perked up, although our fielding didn`t ! Utterly hopeless! Still the opposition`s 170 seemed below par. A slow start to the reply , finally clicked into second gear until Adam Hooley was bowled. Alex Weetman then joined Danny Emmerton and the two of them tore the bowling apart putting on 98 in about 12 overs. Alex got himself out with 2 required (for 51 ) and Danny finished with  a red inker (86no) and it was left to Tony G to finish with a flowing cover drive.  6/10
Saturday 20th June AWAY Torrisholme 2nd`s
Four on the bounce. Put in on a good looking batting track proved a good thing. Athough initially struggling to put bat to ball, Andy Emmo and Barney gave us a sound start putting on 35 for the first wicket. Andy, dropped twice early on, continued to plunder runs and was joined by Alex who cleverly placed th balls into gaps. When Andy went straight after drinks for 42 , the Weetys came together and took the score onto 130 before senior inexplicably holed out at long on. Although the runs dried up a late flurry took us to a highly compatative 190. Andy Emmo again bowled with hostility to remove both openers and could and should have had a third. A little partnership was broken by a great catch from Les Christopher, which then brought Torrisholme`s best batters together. Drinks again brought a wicket and when Alex took a great catch standing up to Les who bowled a match winning spell of 3-24, the contest was over. Weety senior took a couple of wickets and Danny Flann who had again bowled well, finished the match with 2-17. Ten more points. 8/10
Saturday 13th June HOME Garstang 3rds
Three on the bounce! On a hot day and flat track we chose to bat. Not the greatest of starts and for the first 30 overs the rate was fairly pedestrian, but with wickets in hand a gradual recovery between Chris Weetman and Steve Hamer, followed  by some powerful finishing saw us reach a competative 183 -8. Particular credit should go to Adam Hooley and Ian Russell for the 17 they put on in the last 2 overs. Two early wickets from the returning Andy Emmerton gave us  the start we wanted, and whilst Sir Les tied up one end Tony Goodman picked up the crucial wickets of their opener and captain. Adam Gregory in his second spell cleaned out the late middle order. and with the game safe Adam Sexton, used clever guile to prise out the last two batsmen and take the full points. Shame about the unfounded accusations  after the game. 8/10
Saturday 6th June AWAY Chroley 3rd`s
Two on the bounce! As winter returned, a reduced overs match on the school pitch, saw us inset the opposition who got off to a tidy but slowish start. The introduction of Sir Les with a wicket from his first ball saw us take staeady control. The Chorley batsmen failed to take any iniative away, and by the time the last five overs came and they tried to set a challenging target it was all too little too late. Les with 5-20 was the star, but Danny Flan 1-14 off 9 and Adam G 1-38 off14 kept it tighter than Danny Emmerton`s wallet! The Emmo brothers opened and gave us the best start so far with a partnership of 34 (first team would dream for a start like that!) A little collapse in the middle coupled with some verbal exchanges with the opposition,who just love to sledge (talk trash) when they are losing, threatened to derail us, with both Tony G and Barney managing to get out to  a `lady` but Steve Hamer`s patient vigil coupled with Alex`s angry  finish saw us home. Very satisfying win for a number of reasons, most of them not printable on the website! 8/10
Saturday 30th May AWAY ST Josephs
What a curate`s egg of a performnce! Both openers gone for ducks, captain injuring his calf, and 66 -3 at the drinks break with Steve Hamer going well-thats ok. Then ( yet again) we collapsed ! Wrong shot selection, a lack of application,  two silly run outs and only some big hitting from Adam Gregory (32) at the end ( yes Goodman is going to kill me for writing that) took us up to 114. Enough? You would not hyave thought so! But good bowling From Adam Gregpry 6-45. Danny Flannagan 3-14 and Sir Les 1-13 saw us dismiss the opposition for 75 and a welcome 10 points. Alex kept well, keeping their batsmen in the crease, and shrewd field settings and bowling changes (even if I say so myself) helped. But the real heroes were the three bowlers! 7/10
Sunday 24th May AWAY v Garstang Thirds CUP
A much better performance despite what the scoreline suggests. Putting the opposition into bat seemd to work till the Molinga brothers came together and promptly dispatched all the bowers (bar Les who had finished his spell) to all parts of the ground and beyond. The vagaries of the rules allows Miles Molinga (a first teamer) to play because he has spent most of his Saturdays playing for the local grammer school and thus qualifies. We lost by 60 runs, he got 62no, 3 catches and a wicket.............draw your own conclusions. But unlike the day before, at least we could be seen to be trying.6/10
Saturday 23rd May HOME v Ribchester 1sts
Just when we thought we`d turned the corner, we decided, as a team to do a u turn and head backwards in terms of direction, attitude and application. Lets face it Ribchester, are not world beaters.......! We put them into bat on a wet wicket and good tight early bowling from Les Christopher and Adam Gregory kept us on top, and the run rate was lowly....but thats where it started to go wrong...people switched off, and although we ended up bowling them out for 78, it could and should have been less. As the wicket dried so the bounce became increasingly uneven. Credit to the opposition `s bowlers- they put the ball in the right areas full and straight...but that does not justify people going back and getting bowled...5 of them! Yes both Weetmans looked set and both got out with almost identical mistimed shots to square leg, but others have to start scoring runs...lots of them! Being bowled out for 62 is not funny! As Les put it afterwards, `that was one of the most emarrassing performances he`s ever been part of` 2/10
Saturday 9th May Home v Longridge 3rds
Finally, finally, we got it right!! We won the toss, put them into bat and strangled them early doors.Danny Flannagan bowled with pace and bounce. Les was back to his usual miserly self. When the rains came they were in trouble at 45-4 in 26 overs, and when we came back on (despite some somewhat pointless calls for us not to,  by people who should know better-the pitch was playable) Adam Gregory bowled his best spell of the season to take 4 wickets and restrict their run charge to a total of 95. We even had Alex Weetman , running into the stumps and falling flat on his face when going for a skier, and the bringing back of a Longridge batsman when given out (because he hadn`t hit it)  Alex compounded his Charlie Chaplin routine for the day by shouldering arms and getting bowled. But Danny Emmerton with a solid 44 and Steve Hamer 28 guided us to victory and allowed Tony Goodman to come in, bait the opposition  a bit and slap a couple of powerful 2`s to win the game! 8/10
Saturday 2nd May AWAY v Penwortham Thirds
For the third week running we managed to make fools of ourselves. When we had the opposition 14-2 (and remember they were bottom before this game) you expect a team to stay on top and dominate the opposition. Nope! A series of catches eight -in all, some hard , some ridicuously easy, were put down and they finished on 177-9, fifty more than they should have got. Danny Flann bowled an excellent first spell, and, Alex Weetman kept brilliantly taking 3 catches, to show that there is more than one keeper in the club!! Losing both openers early didn`t help, and although Steve Hamer and Chris Weetman took the score up to 60-2, when both went, the tumble of wickets that followed was breathtakingly poor! Danny Flannagan and Adam Sexton who put on 24 for the last wicket did add some respectability to the score, or did it just mask our otherwise inept performance.2/10

Saturday25th April AWAY v Fulwood and Broughton 3rds
For the second week in a row we threw away a good poistion. After being 135-4 with 14 overs to go you would expect to go and get near 200, but we collapsed to 147 ao. Only Chris Weetman (48) Alex Weetman (28) and Tony Goodman (21) provided respecable scores. The bowling struggled on a good pitch and although Danny Flannagan produced his best ever spell for Eccleston, he was unfortunately wicketless and we failed to even get a bowling point. Nick Clarke did well on debut 4/10
Saturday 18th April HOME v Freckleton 2nd`s
On a warm, sunny day (Now there`s a first) Eccleston were put into bat on a slightly damp pitch. The early loss of James Crowley to the best ball of the day did not help, and when Steve Hamer followed for 14 things weren`t too great. However, the Weety`s steadied the ship with a 64 run partnership. Chris was bowled for 40, and although Tony Goodman was run out for 4, Spencer Bibby joined Alex Weetman and the two youngsters put on 56 in 9 overs. Spencer got 21no and Alex batted through the innings for his maiden senior fifty finishing 61 no. That was the good news! The bad news was although we reduced them to 59-4, the subsequent dropping of 4 catches and some indifferent bowling of length and line allowed the opposition to get home with some ease. Verdict: Must do better 5/10