There was a reversal in fortunes in July as the 1st XI managed just one win in 5 games whilst the 2nds in contrast won 4 of the 5 they managed to play.
The 1st XI started off at Walkden where they slumped to a disappointing 91 all out batting first on admittedly not the best batting track we've seen this season with only Pete and the pro managing double figures. Home opener Hayes came out swinging and despite Dave grabbing 4/29 saw his side home ith an array of big shots. Farnworth were next on the schedule and the in form home side made pretty short work of our total of 158-9 (Leachy 46 Nick 35) as they cantered home with 24 overs to spare. Back at home to play Westhoughton and the slump continued as Qaiser's 89* saw them reach 171-7 (Rob 3/53) and we collapsed to 90 in reply chasing a rain reduced target. Another in form side Bradshaw visited us the following week and saw a welcome return to form. 71 from Matt, 50 from the pro and 31* from Trowy helped us reach 234-5 before restricting the reply to 211 and a welcome win (Rob 4/71). The final game of the month against fellow strugglers Heaton saw them grab a lifeline with a 75 run win. Recovering from a bad start thanks to pro Majeed making 112* they posted 197-7 (Dave 4/95), and then after a decent start from Leachy 55 and Danny 23 we managed another of our spectacular collapses losing the last 5 wickets for just 7 runs!
The 2nd XI meanwhile started the month with a good win over promotion chasing Eagley - albeit on run rate after rain had called a halt to the game. Batting first we made 201-8 as Mark 36, Lucky 34* and Alex 24 led the way and Eagley had slumped to 72-5 when the rains came. The following week Atherton were the visitors and made a useful 152 with Ryan cleaning up 4/11 and 2 wickets for Daz and Buzzer. A massive century stand between Tom S 45* and Harry 54* secured a comfortable win. The short trip to Adlington was rewarded with an 8 wicket win after bowling the home side out for just 73 (AJ 4/8, Millsy 3/18 and Daz 2/25). Tom S 32* and Mark 17* knocked the runs for a comfy win. League leaders Darcy Lever rattled up 244-9 in the next game despite Ryan taking 5/36 and Daz 3/61 which proved to be 50 too many despite Lucky making 44, Andy Matt 36* and Ste Kaye 21. With a winnable game v Golborne washed out the final game of the month saw us visit Premiership leaders Westhoughton for a Stafford Trophy quarter final. Put in to bat we rattled up an impressive 221-4 with Alex hitting a superb 94* and Mark a more sedate 64* in a superb stand. The home side were then restricted to 161-8 by Ryan 3/32 and Millsy 2/58 and remarkably we had a 2nd win of the season over Westhoughton!