Following on from last season's good run in the competition when we reached the semi-finals hopes were high of going one step further this year. The groups were revised for this year with us being paired with Blackrod, Horwich RMI and Adlington to provide more local derbies.
Our first game saw us travel up to Blackrod where we managed to rattle up a pretty impressive 167-5 thanks in the main to a new club T20 record score of 82* from Danny Cockton with the pro and Dave also making useful scores. Blackrod's reply reached 39-0 before a torrential down pour curtailed the game and saw us win the game on run rate.
Next up was a home game v RMI where again batting first we posted 130-6 with the pro top scoring on 53. Dave, Harry and Millsy all added useful scores. RMI's reply was going well while pro Pelser was the wicket but once he was dismissed we managed to keep the chase in check at 122-7 with 2 wickets each for dave and Tom (M).
3rd up was a trip to Adlington where we somehow managed to lose a game that we had seemed in control of virtually all the way through. A score of 110-8 on an admittedly damp pitch wasn't quite enough as some late order slogging from the home saw them edge home by 2 wickets in the last over despite Rob taking 4/15.
The return game with Blackrod saw us chase down a target of 112 despite slumping to 32-3 as the pro hit 35 and Matt and Nick chipped in usefully. Blackrod had recovered well from 18-3 to eventually post 111-8 in their 20 overs.
A dramatic last over which saw a hat trick and 4 wickets fall in total was to cost us dearly as we gifted a crucial bonus point to RMI in the next game where we ended up losing by 19 runs in the end. RMI recovered from 64-5 to post a useful 142-9 which proved too many for us as we got bogged down in the middle overs although a rapid 30 in 12 balls threatened to get us back in the game.
The final game v Adlington was thus turned into a shootout with the winner going forward with RMI to the quarter finals. At 34-4 we were in some trouble but David hit a rapid 44, Rob 33* and Nick 32 to take us up to 153-6. Adlington slumped to 39-7 and despite a brief flurry managed only 79 in reply as Rob took 3/15 and the pro 3/13.
So we got the away draw in the quarter finals which took us to Kearsley for a repeat of last year's semi final, and sadly the result was the same as we let ourselves down with the bat making just 101 in 18 overs despite the pro hitting 50. Any runs we might have eeked out in those unused overs might have proved crucial as the home had only 9 balls to spare when they edged home albeit with 5 wickets to spare.