Memorable matches

ONE MATCH FROM NORDEN’S PAST WILL BE LOOKED AT EACH WEEK.  THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT A FIXTURE IN 2010.
THE singing and dancing went on late into the night at Stag Park, hours after an old fashioned two-step had finally clinched the CLL title for Norden.
Champions of the previous season Monton and Weaste had nine down, and spectators gathered outside the clubhouse in the knowledge that one more wicket would bring in the silverware.
Tail-ender Coe was facing, umpire Les Chadwick called wide on a delivery from Ollie Makin and almost at the same time wicket-keeper Nick Brierley danced two steps to his left and whipped off the bails for a stumping.
Norden players started celebrating on the pitch, although skipper Dexter Fitton looked a little bemused by it all.
No one had told him that close rivals Milnrow had lost to Rochdale, and the trophy was within his grasp. It was moments later, presented by CLL president John Cleary.
It was a different story earlier in the day. Stags were in a bit of a batting mess, Milnrow had half the Rochdale side out for 70, and the doom and gloom merchants were in their element.
But Stags recovered to make 155, the revival led by the partnership between Harvey Fitton and Greg Tattersall.
Doom and gloom felt Stags had no chance, while others fancied a win.
Chris Costa and Paul Green put on 38 in the reply, but wickets then started to tumble, the dangerous Trent Scott going to a brilliant diving boundary catch by Josh Poole.
It became 61 for six, and news filtered through that Rochdale were getting the better of Milnrow just down the road at Redbrook.
There was still time for another twist as Hindle and Pemberton provided stubborn opposition.
But the tail was eventualy mopped up, not long after it was learned Milnrow had gone down.
Stags were champions and it was on to the celebrations proper which coincided with the club’s Bank Holiday karaoke. Club president Brian Butterworth didn’t seem keen on going home and said: “Night’s like this don’t come round so often.”