August turned out to be a pretty disastrous month for the 1stXI with 3 defeats and an abandoned game to show for their 4 scheduled games which threw us back into the relegation mix - particularly since one of the defeats was against fellow strugglers Eagley. The month started with a home game against Horwich RMI which the visitors won by 5 wickets as their pro Pelser once again demonstrated his liking for our bowling with an unbeaten 87. We managed to recover from 71-7 thanks mainly to 47 from Dave and 23 from Olly but in reality 158 was never going to be enough and so it proved as RMI cruised home by 5 wickets despite Dave taking 4/67. A rain affected game at Farnworth SC followed where we struggled to make 88-9 in our 30 overs and although the margin of 5 wickets looks comfortable it could have been much closer had we held onto our chances in the field with at least 4 catches being spilled. The home game v Kearsley fell foul of the weather which decimated the day's fixtures, and then the final game of the month saw a trip to Eagley. In a game that could have effectively secured our place in the top division we somehow contrived to allow them to recover from losing 6 cheap early wickets to post a total of 183-9 with Dave taking 5/70. It was the same story in reverse when we batted as Dan V and the pro started with a 50 stand for the 1st wicket only for us to gradually subside to 135 in reply and a potentially crucial defeat.
The 2nd XI meanwhile had a mixed month with 2 wins and 2 defeats in their 5 scheduled games. The 2 defeats came at either end of the month and were both at the hands of the strong Little Hulton side, the first being a league game and the other the Stafford Trophy semi final. The first game saw them rattle up 186-9 in their 45 overs despite Millsy taking 4/61 and Daz 3/42 before we then had a bit of a nightmare with the bat making just 45 in reply. The second game saw us bounce back with an emphatic win over Little Lever - the report on which can be found elsewhere. A trip to Walkden proved pointless as the weather won the day and the game was abandoned. Another emphatic win followed as Tonge were swept aside by 134 runs . Lucky led the way with 53, Mark hit 42 and Alex 21 as we built up 190-9 in our 45 overs. Tonge then collapsed to 56 in reply with Daz taking 5/21, 2 wickets each for Will and Millsy and 1 for Ryan. The semi final against Little Hulton followed a similar pattern to the league game with the visitors hitting 194-6 (2 wickets each for Daz and Will) and then us struggling to reach 80 in reply with only Dan 31 and Andy Matt 14 reaching double figures.