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Cricket - Urmston CC - Sept 19 edition
2:46pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
URMSTON CC clinched promotion back to the Cheshire Premier League after last year’s agonising last gasp relegation with a convincing 10 wicket win at Sale CC on the last day of the season.
Going into the local derby, the Moorside Road outfit needed 11 points to secure the second promotion slot after being chased all season by Cheadle Hulme CC. Fresh from his success in helping to secure the Minor Counties Championship for Cheshire CCC at Wisbech earlier in the week, Adam Syddall had no hesitation in asking Sale to bat first when he won the toss on a day ideally suited for bowling.
Urmston knew they needed early wickets to keep the dangerous Sale batting line up on the back foot and Syddall (2/42) and Zeeshan Assi (3/37) delivered as Sale slumped to 1 for 2 in the first 2 overs. After overseas star Gavin Flowers and former Stretford favourite Tyrone Lawrence steadied the ship, the opening pair struck again to leave Sale struggling on 68/5. It was then the turn of former Indian Under 19 player Sumit Panda (4/9) and the newly crowned Lancashire Young Player of the Year, Matthew Parkinson (1/2) to finish off the tail as Sale collapsed to 94 all out off 33 overs.
If there were nerves amongst the Urmston opening pair of veteran Yorkshireman Chris Watson and 17 year old Calum Turner they didn’t show it as they quickly got on top of the bowling and scored all round the ground to overhaul their target within 16 overs. Turner celebrated his birthday with a superb 66 not out off just 50 balls and Watson kept him company with 31 not out as Urmston romped home to secure their target of promotion.
The success of the team has been down to an excellent team effort with four batsmen contributing more than 400 runs. Chris Watson led the way with 684 runs at an average of 42.75. In his first season at the club, Calum Turner scored 610 runs whilst Lewis Jackson (570) and Sumit Panda (422) both made significant contributions. In the bowling department four bowlers took more than 20 wickets. Lancashire 2nd XI leg spinner, Matt Parkinson led the way with 48 wickets with Adam Syddall (43), Sumit Panda (39) and Zeeshan Assi (22) playing their part. Panda actually topped the division’s bowling charts by taking his wickets at an average of just 14.64.
The promotion rounded off an excellent season for Urmston CC with the club winning seven trophies across the senior and junior teams. Thoughts now turn to planning to improve that record for the 2014 season.
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