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Farnworth side set up Birtwistle Cup final derby

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The second half of the Bolton Cricket League Second XI season is now well underway, with nearly all games completed despite the poor weather conditions of the past week, although most games saw fewer overs.

The day’s game was played in the association section of Atherton, with the home side overtaking Walkden by just two balls.

Walkden batted first and made a very useful 218-6 on a reduced allotment of 38 overs.

Mehran Anwar (57) and Rasik Senghaal (64) set the platform with a stand of 108 for the third wicket, while Abubaker Shakhale added a useful 31 late in the innings.

Atherton’s chase saw John Fearick lead the way and make 64, with further useful knocks from Dan Hudspice (36) and Mark Parry (33) being enough to secure victory. I proved it.

Kearsley stormed to 192-9 with just 24 overs against Blackrod but surprisingly did not prove enough as the visitors responded similarly with a 5 wicket win. did.

Neil Thompson put Carsley ahead with 75, Mohsin Patel (35) and Fenton Davis (32) added handicap runs and Daniel Cook made it 4-53.

But that proved futile, as Tom Westhead and Stephen Ashworth’s half-century, and Matt Westhead’s 36 years, have seen the Blackrod house.

There was another tight game at Victory Road, with Horwich RMI overtaking hosts Little Lever by two wickets.

The home side took the lead, 4-51 for Andy Taylor, 50 overs for Matt Pendlebury and 30 overs for Tim Taylor, but they were limited to 148-9 after 32 overs.

RMI set a revised target of 156, 21 overs with Max Adamson hitting 77 and Mark Knowles hitting 27 despite Don Hayes trailing 3-21 and Miles Hayhurst trailing 3-73. I reached my goal within

Farnworth Social Circle won a low-scoring game at Tonge, reaching their revised target of 100 with seven wickets down.

Tonge was unable to grasp the situation and batted first and struggled 93-9 with an individual top score of 16.

The Circle didn’t quite get things going the way they wanted, including losing wickets regularly, but Christian Walsh’s unbeaten 28 matches saw them come home.

In the Premiership Farnworth continued their winning streak with a comfortable victory over Rostock with around 20 overs to spare.

Setting a revised target of 116 in 33 overs, they secured a seven-wicket victory as they raced home with just 13 led by Bilal Khan (39) and Michael Daly (21).

Losstock had previously struggled with tight bowling led by Zahid Butt (3-32), with only Jameel Rehman (31) and Lucky Issa (20) contributing to a disappointing 99-7 result.

In the final league match of the day, West Horton reached a DLS-fixed target and secured three wickets to beat Little Halton.

Despite Little Halton batting first and Lister Wilson winning 20, they went 58-8 with a 9-wicket stand between Umar Rasole (45) and Neil Jarvis (27) for 74 and a 10-wicket stand. Liam Morrell won 3-46 to reach a more respectable 136. .

John Wallwork’s 3 wickets checked the reply, but finally Phil Wakefield’s 33 wickets and Ryan Ashcroft’s 27 wickets saw Wethoughton home.

Sunday’s Birtwistle Cup semi-final saw the final local derby play out as both Farnworth and Farnworth Social Circle won in contrasting styles.

Social recovered from losing a wicket on the first ball, posting a very useful 205-7 at first thanks to Stephen Edwards (77) and Tim Barrow (56), then a useful 200 from Bradley Barrow. 24 were recorded.

Bradley then scored the ball when Stephen Kay (33) and Amit Dashor (76) got off to great starts and he and Christian Walsh (5-11) checked what looked like a good chase. added 3-23, but batting fell for the rest.

Farnworth, on the other hand, competed for a seven-wicket victory after bowling the visitors for just 60, with a very easy victory over Eagley.

Eagy didn’t recover from an early burst and fell to 28-7, but Mike Craig’s 19 outs helped boost the total, with Victor Walcott 4-8 and Shujat Ali 3-20. Osama Amjad then took the win with a quick 31 no.