Bob Fee Interment of AshesSaturday 13th of July

The family would like to invite all Bob’s friends down to Norden Cricket Club on Saturday the 13th of July where Bob’s ashes will be interned on his beloved Stag Park. The short ceremony will take place at mid-innings break in the cricket game (circa 15:30 – 16:00) at the Scoreboard end of the ground.

Scott Too Hot for Rochdale

There wouldn’t have been much debate over the winner of the man of the match award had one been given out after Norden’s victory at Redbrook on Sunday. Scott Butterworth’s magnificent all-round performance led his team to a win that seemed on several occasions to be out of reach. It was with the ball that he shone first, reducing the home side to 45 for 6 with a 5-wicket burst that included the key wicket of Rochdale professional, Morne Venter for a duck. It was a familiar-looking scorecard after the low-scoring encounter between these two sides on the same ground last year, but this time around Rochdale dug deep and Michael Harling and Jacob Pauline came together to frustrate Norden. Butterworth needed a breather and Chis Humphreys did not get far into his spell before his hamstring went, and the Rochdale pair found life easier against the change bowlers. Pauline was the aggressor, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 38 and Harling used all his experience to run the ball around. Pauline was forced to retire hurt when his back gave way attempting another big hit, and this gave Norden an unexpected route to the lower-order. Butterworth returned to take his 6th wicket, but the Rochdale batters continued to battle and Harry Butterworth and Dylan Poscha made useful contributions as the score passed 150. Harling brought up his half-century and he was the 9th wicket to fall for an excellent 62, before Pauline returned to the crease but was cleaned up by Dean Lord to close the innings on 169 all-out in the 44th over.

Thigs couldn’t have started too much worse for Norden in reply, with Lee Crabtree, Mitch Owen and Jack Taylor all back in the shed with the score on just 10. Alex Willis then became Venter’s 3rd wicket and at 26 for 4, it looked a long way to go. Like in Rochdale’s innings, however, things became a touch easier when the main threat came out of the attack and Dom Humphreys and Josh Tolley were able to score more freely, against Poscha in particular. There was a brief spell off the field for rain, which reduced the target to 162 from 40 overs, but the run-rate was never going to be a problem. Wickets, though, were another matter and Tolley was caught behind off Poscha for 43, followed swiftly by Greg Butterworth and Norden were back in deep trouble. 65 were still needed and it was down to the lower order. Humphreys played beautifully for his 46, but he fell to the returning Venter and Oli Holt went the same way to give the Rochdale paid man a well-deserved 5-wicket haul. It was 29 needed with 2 wickets left, but with one remaining batter unable to walk. Butterworth was joined by Dean Lord, and the pair played sensibly to start ticking off the remaining runs. Solid defence from Lord and good running between the wickets got Norden closer, and the pressure began to tell on the Rochdale fielders as two catches went down off Butterworth which would surely have given them the victory. Slowly but surely, the Norden pair edged closer and when Butterworth struck a boundary off Harling in the 35th over, the win was within touching distance. It came from the first ball of the next over and it was fitting that it was Butterworth who hit the winning run. His 6 for 52 and 34* a match-winning performance in the truest sense.
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There was another nail-biter at Stag Park, as the 2nds fell agonisingly short in their run-chase against league-leaders, Ramsbottom. Rammy opted to bat first, and Oli Yates picked up the first two wickets for Norden, one aided by a spectacular slip catch from Mo Waheed. Waheed bowled well in tandem with Jake Hill, and Norden had a good control of the game, which had been reduced to 39 overs per-side before the start. However, Seb Schofield had played himself in nicely, and this allowed him to open his shoulders as the overs ticked down. The short boundary proved hard to defend and Schofield took 26 runs of the 38th over to help his team up to 193 for 5, finishing on 86* from 72 balls. In a reduced-overs game, Waheed’s figures of 10 overs for just 14 runs were extraordinary. In truth, the two rain interruptions that were to follow, helped Norden’s cause, and the eventual target of 122 from 20 overs looked very gettable indeed. Unfortunately, wickets fell with regularity and no Norden batter was able to really break the shackles in the way that Schofield had. The youngsters, Yates and Stan Kearns, looked like they might get the job done but the impressive Alex Olpin defended the Woodhouse Lane end with great skill and Isaac Turner did his job at the other end with his off-spin to give Rammy the win by just 5 runs. The 5 bonus points secured by Norden could be more than useful in their battle to beat the drop.
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There was a rare double-header for the 3rds, with two t20 matches on Friday and Saturday bringing one win and one defeat. Todmorden came to Stag Park on Friday and a first senior 50 from Stan Kearns along with Theo Andrew taking 28 runs from the final over, propelled Norden up to a total of 140. Todmorden never looked like getting close to that score, thanks to some tight Norden bowling. Sebastian Howard was the standout, with 4 for 18 from his 4 overs, helping Norden to a 45-run win.

Rishton proved to be a tougher proposition on Saturday. The game was re-arranged as a t20 to allow the players to be free to watch the football, and the home side found the boundary 15 times in their innings, compared to just 4 (all by Joe Donnelly) by Norden. Rishton’s 141 proved way too many for the Norden batting line-up, with only Donnelly’s 38 worthy of note in a 65-run defeat.
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LCF Progress for Norden

A fine performance at Stag Park on Sunday gave Norden a well-deserved place in the semi-finals of the LCFKO. Blackpool were the visitors and Greg Butterworth won a good toss and asked the seasiders to bat first. As so often this season, Scott Butterworth provided the early breakthrough, clean bowling Blackpool skipper Ben Howarth for just 6. Visiting professional, Shivam Chaudhary, looked a big threat to the Norden attack as he drove powerfully down the ground and he took the score to 42 alongside opener Rishit Sharma. It was Greg who lured Chaudhary into a mistimed slog-sweep and Alex Willis held on to the skier, just about, at mid-off. Sharma followed soon after, to the exact same combination, and Blackpool were in a bit of trouble. Andrew Needham and Josh Boyne came together to put on 49 for the 4th wicket as Norden mixed up their bowling options. There was the welcome return to the bowling crease of Dom Humphreys after injury, but it was his replacement at the Woodhouse Lane end, Dean Lord, who broke the stand. Boyne played back to a good length ball and chopped-on for 26, much to Lord’s delight. Needham found more willing company in the form of Tom Myerscough, and he had struck 7 boundaries in reaching 43 when Greg returned to take his outside edge into the safe hands of Mitch Owen at slip. Norden sensed an opportunity and Scott came back into the attack to rip through the Blackpool lower-middle order. Oli Holt also joined the party with 2 wickets in 2 balls and Norden will have felt very satisfied with their bowling effort when Blackpool lost their last man in the 42nd over with the score on 165. The Butterworth brothers shared 7 wickets between them, with Greg also taking 3 catches off Scott’s bowling, including an excellent diving grab at mid-off.

Norden lost Scott early in the reply, but Owen and Josh Tolley were intent on taking the attack to the Blackpool medium-pacers. After miscuing and nearly holing out 2nd ball, Owen attacked the short, straight boundary to good effect whilst Tolley was his usual, unflustered self at the other end. Owen had raced to 43 and the total to 72 in just 9 overs when the Norden pro played round one that nipped back from Matthew Grindley. Jack Taylor played nicely for 17 before failing to pick the googly from Izzy Stankzai and there was a moment of concern for Norden when Tolley appeared to pull up holding his groin. This wasn’t going to stop the Norden opener, though, and he brought up his half-century from 76 balls. Lee Crabtree, who has been in good form of late, got a little bit of luck but then found his sweep shot and between them, he and Tolley knocked off the further 58 runs required. Tolley finished unbeaten on 58 and Crabtree 30. Norden will travel to Ormskirk in the semi-final on the 28th of July, with the league fixture against Church to be re-arranged.
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Saturday’s league game with Burnley was looking like it was slightly in Norden’s favour when the weather intervened. Burnley had battled hard and were aided by some sloppiness in the field to recover from 106 for 8 and post 186 for 9 from their 50 overs. Greg Butterworth was Norden’s star man with the ball, taking 5 for 51, and Jack Taylor also found some turn to take 3 for 39. Only 4.3 overs were possible in the Norden reply as the rain came down heavily to start with, and then never eased off enough for a resumption.
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The 2nds had an unprecedented 16 players unavailable for their trip to Burnley and were never likely to be competitive against a strong home side. David Bebb and Mohammad Omar put on 35 for the opening wicket after Bebb had elected to bat, but the Burnley spinners proved to be too good for the depleted Norden team. Only Theo Andrew made it into double figures from the remaining batters and Norden were all-out for 69 in the 31st over. Burnley only needed 10.3 overs to knock off the runs, but there was a debut wicket for Sebastian Howard, who will return to this level better equipped in the years to come.
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Dan Returns to Haunt Stags

A familiar face returned to Stag Park on Sunday, and proved to be the difference between the sides. Dan Salpietro, Norden professional in 2014 and 2015, is now plying his trade for Lowerhouse and he put in an all-too-familiar all-round performance to lead his new side to victory. Perhaps surprisingly in the warm weather, Norden chose to bowl first and Scott Butterworth had visiting captain Ben Heap caught behind early. The in-form Jonny Whitehead was quickly in to his stride and, alongside the experience Francois Hasbroek, began to find the boundary with regularity. Whitehead had 43 from just 39 balls when the returning Chris Humphreys nipped one back through his defences to end the partnership on 53. Salpietro arrived at the crease and was cautious early on but Norden were bowling too many boundary balls and they were never able to get a period of control. Things weren’t helped by a couple of missed opportunities in the field and Lowerhouse were starting to look at a score up towards 280. The partnership between Hasbroek and Salpietro was 119 in 21 overs when Butterworth returned to have Salpietro trapped LBW for 57, a ball after he had chopped a yorker into his own foot and seemed in obvious discomfort. Hasbroek continued, without ever really opening his shoulders, and Henri Cottam and Charlie Gansler made good contributions. Mitch Owen bowled well at the death, including the wicket of Hasbroek for 87, and Norden did well to keep the score to 269 for 7.

A tough chase for sure, but the pitch was flat and Norden still fancied their chances at the interval. Scott Butterworth, deputising for the missing Lee Crabtree at the top of the order, didn’t last long and the key partnership of Owen and Josh Tolley was quickly out in the middle. With the field set back from the outset, both were able to get off to starts without having to take many chances. Salpietro was introduced into the attack an immediately found turn, but the short legside boundary from the Woodhouse Lane end was proving tricky to defend. Tolley’s 50 came from 75 balls and Owen’s from 47, and their partnership had Norden as marginal favourites half-way into the chase. Salpietro was a constant threat, though, and he got his reward when he struck Tolley on the back leg to dismiss him for 70. Four overs later, Owen followed him back to the Pavilion. Despite runs flowing freely from the other end, the Norden paid man looked to attack his counterpart and was outdone by a quicker ball that hurried his slog-sweep and hit middle stump. Lowerhouse were jubilant and the game had been turned on its head. Unfortunately, the Norden middle-order has not been in great form, and this continued as wickets began to fall regularly. Only Oli Holt of the other 9 batters managed to make double figures and Salpietro finished with 5 for 35 and a match-winning spell. Consecutive defeats for Norden sees them slip to 6th in the table with a big weekend of a home game against high-flying Burnley and the LCFKO quarter-final against Blackpool ahead.
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This year’s disappointing t20 campaign continued with a 4th consecutive defeat away at Todmorden on Friday night. Todmorden racked up an imposing total of 195 for 6 from their 20 overs with professional Ed Moore top-scoring with 53. Oli Holt took 3 for 35 for Norden. In reply, Tolley made a 25-ball half-century, but other Norden batters could not score at anywhere near the same tempo and they closed on 141 for 6. There was, however, a highly-promising performance with bat and ball by 18-year-old Stan Kearns in just his second game at this level.
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The 2nds hosted Littleborough on Saturday in their Junior Cup quarter-final held over from last week. Batting first, Littleborough reached 57 without loss before Phil Sutcliffe misjudged a single and was run out by the combination of Devine and Booth. Oli Kirkby picked up another wicket soon after and there was a chance for a 3rd when Gary Nash skied to mid-on on 2. Unfortunately, the chance went down and Nash made Norden pay. His 62 included 5 fours and 2 sixes, and another half-century from Ben Williamson helped the visitors up to a score of 252 for 7. Kirkby took 3 wickets for Norden, but the standout bowler was undoubtedly Mo Waheed, who bowled his 10 overs for just 27 runs. Norden made a really good fist of a difficult chase, getting off to an excellent start with an opening partnership of 79 between Devine and Phil Docker. After Waheed’s spell for Norden, it was Littleborough’s experienced duo who Norden found the toughest to face. Phil Deakin and Chris Dearden, both part of the England over 60’s squad, took 3 for 66 between them from their 20 overs and Norden were just unable to pick up enough from the other bowlers to get over the line. Devine played superbly for his 86 and deserves credit for continuing to push for the target rather than cruise to a first Norden century, which will surely come if he continues in this vein. An 18-run defeat means it is LIttleborough who will have the chance to reach the final when they host Enfield in the semis.
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The disappointment of Saturday was, at least in part, eased by an excellent win away at Lowerhouse on Sunday. That man Mo Waheed was at it again with the ball, taking 3 for 26, and there were 2 wickets each for Sami Waheed, Oli Kirkby and Oli Yates as Lowerhouse put 174 for 9 on the board. This represented quite the recovery, having been 11 for 8 at one stage. Despite losing David Bebb early, Norden were never in trouble in their reply. Spencer Allen, first alongside Kirkby, and then Stan Kearns, anchored the innings and he was finally dismissed for 67 with only a further 5 runs required. Kearns made 32 and unfortunately Kirkby was forced to retire hurt with a nasty looking knee injury. Obviously, we hope it is not too serious and we can see Oli back on the field in the not-too-distant future. The 6-wicket win lifts Norden out of the relegation zone and into 8th place.
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The standout performance of the weekend came from the 3rds when they visited Greenmount on Saturday. A superb bowling performance saw Greenmount reduced to 29 for 9, before scrambling up to 43 all-out. Will Hindley and Charlie Gooding took 3 wickets each, but all the bowlers performed brilliantly against a strong Greenmount batting line-up. There was no trouble in knocking off the runs, just one wicket down for the most impressive of 12-point wins.
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Darwen Too Strong for Stags

Norden’s Lancashire League title challenge took a hit on Sunday with a heavy defeat to fellow title hopefuls, Darwen. The seemingly never-ending rain meant conditions were damp, but play started on time and the home side won what felt like an important toss and predictably asked Norden to bat first. Lee Crabtree could not continue his good form from last week, and he was the first wicket to fall, trapped LBW by Reece Davies without scoring. Mitchell Owen was not going to let conditions alter his ultra-aggressive style and he had 19 of the 21 runs on the board when he fell the same way as Crabtree. Jack Taylor and Josh Tolley dug in to try and establish a foothold in the game, but another member of the Davies family, Jack, was introduced into the attack to good effect and he dismissed both Norden batters before the total had reached 50. In conditions like these, one of the last bowlers in the Lancashire League you want to be up against is Dave Bowden, and he got in on the act by clean bowling Greg Butterworth and then having Nick Brierley adjudged LBW the very next ball. Norden were now reeling on 48 for 6, but there was some lower-order resistance. Alex Willis rarely gives his wicket away easily and, alongside first Oli Holt and then Scott Butterworth, he helped get Norden up over 100. A last wicket stand of 22 between Oli Kirkby and Dean Lord ended when Kirkby became Jack Davies’ fourth victim and Darwen were to be chasing 128 to win.

Norden could not have got off to a better start with the ball as Scott Butterworth knocked over home captain, Scott Friend, with the first ball of the reply. Unfortunately for Norden, no other bowler could find the same consistency. Darwen professional, Punit Bisht, was in no mood to hang around and wait for a ball with his name on it and with only 6 overs gone both Owen and Greg Butterworth had been hit out of the attack. The partnership between Bisht and Reece Davies continued to blossom and Bisht got to his half-century in 58 balls. Taylor, introduced into the attack late for Norden, was able to break the partnership by bowling Davies for 41, but it was much too late and a very comfortable win for the home side was wrapped up with just 2 wickets down and 24 overs remaining. Norden remain in 3rd in the table, with Darwen leap-frogging Burnley to go top of the pile.
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Norden’s poor run of form in the t20 competition continued on Friday with a 3rd straight defeat, this time at the hands of Crompton. Dennis Louis and Mohammed Jamal got Crompton off to a flying start and they raced to 79 from 6 overs before Jamal was caught in the deep off Sami Waheed. Norden were able to capitalise and picked up 6 wickets quickly, but Hassan Fazal and Mohammed Hamzah hit 5 sixes between them to boost the Crompton innings at the end. They finished on 174 for 8 from their 20 overs, with Waheed picking up 3 for 33 for Norden. The Stags were never able to get up with the rate in their reply, and despite only losing 5 wickets, they fell 27 runs short of their target to remain bottom of the group.
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Unfortunately, Friday saw the only cricket to be played at Stag Park over the weekend, with both 2nd team games called off without a ball bowled. The Junior Cup quarter-final against Littleborough will now be played on Saturday the 22nd of June, with the 3rd team fixture on that day being played away at Greenmount.

Karl Buckley

Sad news to report, as long time member Karl Buckley has sadly passed away.

Karl became a regular fixture at the club in the mid 2000’s when brother-in-law, Dexter Fitton took over as head junior coach. Both Karl’s sons, Matt and Dan, came through the junior ranks and went on to play 1st XI cricket for the club with uncle Dexter as 1st XI captain.

Karl was a great man. Firm, but fair. He had a great sense of humour and was generous with his time. As the owner of Corletts garage, where he worked for the best part of 40 years, he was well known in the village. Karl was also a well known figure down at Rochdale St Clements FC.

He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Our love and thoughts go out to Helen, Matt and Dan at this difficult time.

League Win and LCF Progress

Norden kept the pressure on the league leaders with a comfortable 10-wicket win against Enfield on Saturday. Despite missing the injured Dom Humphreys, the Norden bowling attack turned in an excellent performance to dismiss the visitors for just 121. Jack Taylor, bowling with the new ball, claimed the first wicket by bowling the dangerous Lewis Wright with one that skidded on. His excellent spell of 2 for 19 was backed up by Scott Butterworth, before brother Greg brought himself on to do the bulk of the damage. A partnership of 76 between professional Pramod Maduwantha and skipper Adam Bracewell, playing his 500th Lancashire League game for the club, was the only one of note that Enfield could muster, but Greg dismissed both before the total had reached 100. Bracewell looked unhappy at the LBW decision that went against him, and Maduwantha gave his wicket away having barely looked to play an attacking stroke in his 23. The lower order was not up to the task and Butterworth was able to help himself to a 5-wicket haul, finishing with a season’s best 5 for 34.

The reply can only be described as a canter. Josh Tolley and Lee Crabtree were never in any trouble against the Enfield attack. The only chance offered was a missed stumping off Crabtree when there were just 10 more required. Tolley made 63* and Crabtree 54* for his first half-century of the season. There will be bigger tests ahead for The Stags, starting with a trip to Darwen on Sunday in a clash of 2nd vs 3rd.
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Sunday’s LCF Knockout 2nd round clash with Edgworth was settled by a bowl-out after persistent rain meant there was no play possible at Stag Park. Norden progressed to the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win, with both Butterworth brothers, Dean Lord and Josh Tolley hitting the stumps. Norden will host Blackpool CC in the next round on June 30th.

It looks highly unlikely that Norden will make it out of the t20 group stages after a 2nd consecutive defeat on Friday night. The bowlers certainly did their job by restricting Walsden to 135 for 6 with Dean Lord bowling an outstanding spell of 3 for 10 against his favourite opponents. Unfortunately, the batters were unable to back it up in rapidly darkening conditions and a DLS adjusted target of 125 from 18 was out of reach despite the best efforts of Crabtree with 40 and Tolley with 32.
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The 2nds were well beaten at Enfield. Again missing a number of players for various reasons, things started well when Oli Kirkby clean-bowled Anthony Steele with the first ball of the match. Sadly, there was to be little joy after that as only 3 more wickets fell in the Enfield innings of 209 for 4 from their 45 overs. A definite positive was another promising performance from young leg-spinner Jake Hill, who bowled his 12 overs consecutively for a spell of 1 for 45. Norden lost Kirkby and skipper Tom Booth in consecutive deliveries with the score on 10 and it was always going to be a tough struggle from then on. Haris Hussain was able to find some form with 40, and Stan Kearns played some nice strokes, but Norden couldn’t get close enough to pick up any bonus points.
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The funeral will take place on Thursday 27 June; details as follows:
11.30 a.m. Funeral Mass at St Vincent’s Church, Caldershaw Road, Norden, OL12 7QL

12.40 p.m. Rochdale Crematorium, Bury Road, Rochdale, OL11 4 DG

1.15 p.m. Celebration of Sheila’s life at Rochdale Golf Club, Edenfield Road, Norden, OL11 5YR

The family has extended an invitation to all NCC members to join them in celebrating Sheila’s life.

Please note that, as a mark of respect to Sheila and so all staff are able to attend, the clubhouse will be closed on the day of the funeral.

LCF Game and Bob Fee Update

Please note that this Sundays LCF Cup game against Edgworth with now be a 12 o’clock start, due to the closure of Edenfield Road between 11-1 for the Tour Of Britian Women cycling race.

The interment of Bob Fee’s ashes has ben re-scheduled for Saturday 13th of July. The ceremony will take place at the innings break in the Norden 2nd XI vs Todmorden game. It is anticipated to start between 15:30 – 16:00.

Stags Bounce Back to Beat Boro

After a chastening defeat in the t20 at Greenmount on Friday night, Norden returned to winning ways in the league with a 6-wicket victory at Hare Hill on Sunday. After Littleborough had batted first and put 217/9 on the board, it was Mitch Owen who came to the fore in the run chase. His unbeaten century, his second for Norden, came from 71 balls and saw his team home with over 8 overs to spare.

The Littleborough innings was built around half-centuries from Zac Perren and Ryan Miskella, after sub-pro Haseeb Hameed had been caught behind for 30 off the bowling of Owen. The Boro pair put on 65 and, with Dom Humphreys having left the field with a side-strain, the Norden bowling attack was under pressure. The Butterworth brothers stepped up and took 7 wickets between them, Greg with 3 and Scott 4 to take his tally in the league to 16. Miskella batted through until the final over for his 62 and Joe Barnes played a nice cameo of 27 from 17 balls.

With Humphreys unlikely to bat, Norden started the chase effectively 1 wicket down and they lost both openers before the score had reached 30. Owen was his usual aggressive self from the outset, and again found good support from Jack Taylor. Taylor is fast becoming a key cog in this Norden team and he again played with intelligence, rotating the strike and allowing the professional to dominate the home bowlers. The partnership had just reached 100 when Miskella got one through Taylor’s defences and Greg Butterworth was caught behind off Hameed soon afterwards. The cool head of Spencer Allen joined Owen and there was to be no futher joy for the Littleborough bowlers. Owen struck 11 fours and 3 sixes in his knock, finishing unbeaten on 108. A fine effort under pressure. Allen was 19*
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Unfortunately, Friday night’s game must be at least mentioned in passing. Defending champions Greenmount made a good, but far from un-gettable, 180/4 and Norden fancied their chances at half-way. Tom Heaton made 76 for the hosts. Josh Tolley was cleaned up by Callum Hunter in the first over and Owen holed out off his counterpart Jacques Snyman in the second, meaning a tough chace now looked almost impossible. The Norden batting line-up continued to be aggressive, but to no avail as Hunter ran through the side, taking an impressive 5 for 7 from his 4 overs. The Stags were bowled out for just 35, meaning they may well have to win all their remaining group games to qualify for the quarter-finals. They have a chance to start that run at home to Walsden on Friday night.
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A youthful 2nd team put on an excellent showing at Stag Park on Sunday. Batting first, Norden lost Oli Kirkby and Haris Hussain in consecutive deliveries with the score on 29, but the experienced pair of Phil Docker and Hashim Malik put on 51 before Docker went for one sweep too many and fell for 32. Malik continued alongside Oli Yates and they too put on over 50. Malik made a 2nd half-century of the season and was a tad unlucky to fall to a good caught and bowled from Andy Rodgerson. The Norden innings fell away a little, but Yates’ 44 was his highest score at this level and a total of 206/8 was definitely something to bowl at. It was Yates who did the damage with the new ball, taking 3 early wickets before handing over to step-brother Jake Hill on debut. Hill, in tandem with Mo Waheed, bowled impressively and was unlucky not to have picked up a wicket or two before he finally got his just rewards. Jamie Roche and Harrison Chew had threatened to make a game of it, but Hill removed both set batters in the same over, before adding a 3rd wicket when Littleborough skipper Tim Astley failed to make contact with a pull shot and was bowled. Littleborough fell 63 short of their target, giving Norden all 12 points.
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Littleborough were also the opponents for the 3rds on Saturday. Charlie Gooding, playing his first game of the season after returning from university, was right back in the swing of things taking 4 for 5 from 5.3 overs. There were also 2 wickets for Seb Howard as Littleborough were all out for 90. Norden’s chase was helped considerably by 32 extras, and a sensible 23* from Will Hindley got Jimmy’s men over the line with plenty of time to spare.
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