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Under 17s 08

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Under 17 Reports
6/5/08 - Eccleston 76/6 bt Penwortham 75/7 by one run
Some fine bowling and fielding in a tense final over saw us win a match that we looked to have thrown away through poor batting.  After being 50/0 our middle order fell away badly and we scored a paltry 76.  Some tight bowling in the early overs got us back into the game and as wickets fell, the pressure increased on our opponents.  With 8 required off the last over, David Hewson bowled superbly and 3 run outs meant we claimed maximum 10 points.
13/5/08 - Eccleston 39 lost to Chorley 42/4 by 6 wickets
Another shoddy batting performance saw us comprehensively thrashed by 10 man Chorley.  Only Sam Bromley reached double figures and we need to do much much better if we want to compete for the play offs.  Another decent effort in the field saw us claim a solitary bonus point, but the bowlers were left with no chance at all.
22/5/08 - Eccleston 132/2 beat Leyland 61 all out by 71 runs
This was a much improved batting display on a very decent wicket and we ran out comfortable winners.  Unbeaten 50s by Sam Bromley and Tom Foster ensured we got a decent score to bowl at and after a couple of early wickets Leyland never really got going.  We claimed a welcome 10 points.
04/06/08 Eccleston 125/7 beat Hoghton 119 by 8 runs
An excellent close fought game was won narrowly by 8 runs. After a cracking start from Tom Foster with four 6`s in his 49 and Tom Potter 23 we fell away a bit in the middle order. A typically entertaining and rapid 29 from Alex Kenyon meant we reached a decent total of 125/7. Hoghton set off with all guns blazing putting us under a lot of pressure, Some astute captaincy from Tom Potter and another superb over from Dave Hewson at the death saw us home.
10/06/08 Eccleston 79 beat New Longton 67/9 by 12 runs
Another disappointing batting performance ( just 79 off 20 overs) was rescued by a devestaing new ball bowling from Tom Foster 4/6 and Andy Emmerton 2/5 reduced the visitors to 6 for 6 at one stage. They eventually recovered to 67/9 off their twenty overs , but we held on to gain a full 10 points.. The victory had been made possible by a crucial 38 no by Dave Hewson who calmly kept his head  whilst all around them lost theirs.
23/06/08 Ecccleston 112/8 beat Whittle le Woods
Another strong bowling and fielding performance saw us through to a comfortable win. When Tom Foster departed for 25 at 55/3, the batting was definately wobbling once again. However useful contributions of 18 apiece from Jamie Roper and Andy Emmerton saw us reach a competative total of 112/8. Man of the Match Andy Emmerton (2/4) and some smart fielding from Foster and Bibby, resulting in 2 run outs saw to it that Whittle`s top order was quickly blown away, and Jonney Morris moped up the tail with 4/4 -all bowled! Hopefully having got 50 out of a possible 60 points, we have done enough to reach the playoffs.
Quater Finals
20/07/08 Eccleston  88-4 beat Vernon Carus 85-8
The Great Escape !!! A bad tempered quater final saw Eccleston just scrape past Vernons. On a difficult wet wicket with a soaking outfield, Eccleston`s below par innings owed a lot to Tom Foster (47) with support from Andy Emmerton.(20no) However 88 was always a difficult score to defend and when the opposition were 40-0 in the 10th over, a defeat was on the cards. However a 5 wicket burst from Alex Kenyon swung the game and we scrapped home.
Alex Kenyon who was later to take 5 wickets, waiting to bat against Vernons.
Andy Emmerton returns with an unbeaten 20 against Vernons.
Semi Final
Our somewhat `charmed life` of a season came to a close with a defeat to Blackpool.
Having lost the toss in good batting conditions, it was imperative that we took early wickets with the new ball. However, despite very tidy spells from Tom Foster and Andy Emmerton the breaktrrough did not come and Blackpool gradually took control.
Uncharacteristically,  it was our support bowling and out-cricket which let us down, as we visibly wilted in hot conditions. We did fight back in the last ten overs to restrict the total to 199 in 40 overs, but it was clear that at least  one of our top order batsmen would need to make a very big score.
After the early loss of two wickets, Foster and Tom Potter took the score up to 76/2 to raise faint hopes of an unlikely win, but wickets again started to tumble and when Foster holed out in the deep for 65, the game was all but up.
Every credit to Blackpool CC, who prepareda superb wicket, looked after us with a spendid tea,fully deserved their win and were gracious in victory.
We wish them well in the final!