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Saturday 9th. May

Walshaw v. Adlington

Walshaw won by 72 runs.



            R Faulkner       run out                                         16

D Mills            c Hunt              b Leonard            31

Fielding            c Plowes          b King                 31

G Nichol          c Imran             b Halliwell           21

            D Foy              c Millington       b King                   5

D Holland                                 b Halliwell             7

S Holt                                      not out                 52

            M Watt            lbw                   b Leonard             5

A Stephenson                           not out                   9

Extras                                                      14   

            Total                            (7 wickets)       191

B King 14-5-45-2. Hunt 6-1-14-0. Imran 2-0-20-0

Leonard 14-2-61-2. Halliwell 9-2-39-2.



C Mulligan        c Holt               b Foy                    2

M Halliwell       st Watt             b Fielding            40

S Leonard                                c-b Foy               20

Imran                                       c-b Fielding         11

S Rawlinson     c Foy               b Fielding              0

S Trim              c |Nichol           b Fielding              9

B King                                     b Foy                    7

S Plowes          c Roughley       b Fielding            10

J Howells                                 b Foy                    1

Z Millington                              not out                   6

M Hunt            st Watt             b Fielding              2

                        Extras                                          11

Total                                         119

Holt 5-0-18-0. Foy 17-3-62-4. Faulkner 3-0-14-0.

Fielding 9.1-2-24-6..



Sunday 10th. May

Adlington v. Darcy Lever

Darcy Lever won by 15 runs.



                        Darcy Lever

            M Dewhurst                             c& bKing              5

N Fawcett        c Aslam            b Howells            74

A Jones            c Mulligan         b King                   9

J Southworth                            b Aslam               52

            A Patel                                     not out                 23

            D Leonard                                run out                   0

            G Cordin          st Millington      b Aslam               19

J Hill                                         not out                   8

Extras                                                        7   

            Total                            (6 wickets)       197

B King 8-1-26-2. Hunt 3-1-17-0. Aslam 19-2-71-2.

Leonard 5-0-29-0. Halliwell 3-0-15-0. Howells 8-1-34-1.




C Mulligan                                b Cordin              50

M Halliwell       lbw                   b Jones                24

S Leonard                                run out                 22

Aslam                                       c & b Patel          23

B King             lbw                   b Patel                   1

S Trim              c Gavin             b Patel                  3

S Rawlinson                             b Patel                   0

J Howells                                 not out                 26

M Hunt                                    not out                   9

                        Extras                                            8

Total                (7 wickets)        166

Gavin 15-4-43-0. Patel 13-2-49-4. Jones 5-0-29-1.

Cordin  6-0-30-1. Lee 2-0-9-0.


Saturday 9th May

Walshaw 191-7

            Adlington 119 all out

Walshaw won by 72 runs.


Sunday 10th May

Darcy Lever 197-6

            Adlington 166-7

Darcy Lever won by 15 runs

(Adlington reduced target 182)


Adlington lost both games at the week-end in the Anthony Axford Bolton & District Cricket Association, but there were positives and optimism is still high for a better season. With the authorities in UK and Pakistan continuing to frustrate efforts to complete the visa for Majeed, Adlington were again forced to employ deputy professionals.

On Saturday at Walshaw, the bowlers did a fine job in restricting a free-scoring home side. Ben King, Steve Leonard and Mark Halliwell took two wickets each as Walshaw reached 146-7. A heavy downpour proved crucial for Adlington. On resumption, Walshaw scored a further 42 runs in four overs as the bowlers were hampered by a wet ball and difficult run up areas. Holt benefited to reach 52 not out.  Halliwell (40) and Leonard (20) gave Adlington a reasonable start but the introduction of professional Fielding (6-24) put paid to Adlington. There was to be no repeat of Maqsood’s 171 at this ground last year.

Sunday’s game against Darcy Lever was a much more exciting game. Adlington took early wickets, King removing Dewhurst and Jones. Jack Southworth was dropped on 16 and shortly after rain again loosened Adlington’s grip on the game. Southworth went on to score 52 giving support to Nick Fawcett (74) and their stand appeared to have taken the game away from Adlington. The final total of 197-6 contained seven sixes as Darcy took full advantage of the bad ball.

Chris Mulligan completed his second half-century of the season, Adlington’s first wicket falling at 68. Halliwell (24), Leonard (22) and Imranullah Aslam (23) kept the reduced target of 182 (in 41 overs) within sight. However, the run out of Leonard and a disastrous over which saw three wickets fall to Andy Patel, seemed to be the end of the run chase at 126-7. But an eighth-wicket stand of 40 in six  by Jon Howells (26)and Matthew Hunt (9), including a comical all-run four, took Adlington within 16 runs of Darcy’s total and four welcome bonus points.

The 2nd XI upset the odds on Saturday recording their first win by bowling Walshaw out for 81. Paul Shirley (4-17), Matthew Hoper (3-9) and Danny Speak (2-31) did most of the damage and Adam Slowinski top-scored with 30 in Adlington’s reply. The following day Darcy Lever amassed a total of 220 all out, Hooper (3-28). Adlington batted out the overs reaching 124-7 with Phil Lundy scoring 26.


Saturday 2nd. May

Adlington v. Spring View

Spring View won by 5 wickets



C Mulligan        c Critchley        b Hart                 10

M Halliwell       c Rudd             b Critchley           27

Imran                                       b Critchley           32

S Leonard                                not out                 37

S Trim                                      b Crookson           0

S Rawlinson     c Geary            b Crookson           5

B King             c Kyte              b Crookson         10

J Howells         c Matthews      b Crookson           0

M Hunt            c Geary            b Crookson           0

Z Millington                              b Critchley             0

N Woosey       lbw                   b Critchley             1

                        Extras                                            2

Total                                         124

Gornall 8-4-18-0. Hart 7-2-23-1. Critchley 14-1-46-4.

Crookson  13-3-35-5.


                        Spring View

            N Geary           not out                                         49

C Rudd            c Imran b Woosey             0

Griffiths            c Hunt              b King                   3

I Critchley        lbw                   b King                19

            M Crookson    c Halliwell         b Imran               11

            P Matthews                              b King                 39

D Gornall                                 not out                   0

Extras                                                        4   

            Total                            (5 wickets)       125

N Woosey 7-2-18-1. B King 14-5-31-3. Imran 7-0-27-1

Leonard 9.4-2-28-0. Halliwell 3-0-19-0.



Saturday 2nd. May

            Adlington 124 all out

Spring View 125-5

Spring View won by 5 wickets.




Adlington’s unbeaten start in the Anthony Axford Bolton & District Cricket Association came to an end surprisingly at home to Spring View on Saturday. Again, Adlington were forced to play a deputy professional, Mohammad Imran, due to frustrating delays in visa application for Majeed.

 The afternoon started well, Chris Mulligan and Mark Halliwell hitting a succession of boundaries. Imran continued in the same vein after the dismissal of Mulligan and Adlington were in command at 69-1. Former Adlington player Iain Critchley slowed the run rate, deceived Imran and also had Halliwell taken at slip shortly afterwards. From a comfortable position, Adlington slumped to 79-5. Steve Leonard remained unbeaten on 37 but apart from two boundaries from Ben King, the remaining batsmen offered little and a final score of 124 was a major disappointment. Michael Crookson took 5-35 and Critchley took the last two wickets, finishing with 4-46.

There was an explosive start to the visitor’s innings with Neil Woosey and King each taking a wicket in their first overs. King trapped Critchley lbw at 39 and Adlington looked on course for another victory. A stunning catch at cover by Halliwell gave Imran a wicket to account for Crookson with the total on 63. However, experienced batmen, Nigel Geary and Paul Mathews (39) edged Spring View nearer the target. King dismissed Matthews with the scores level for his third wicket, opener Geary hit the winning single finishing one run short of a half-century.

The 2nd XI were again below strength, fielding four juniors. A fine bowling spell from Paul Shirley (5-27) helped to restrict Spring View to 134 but a calamitous batting collapse resulted in a defeat by 91 runs.



Saturday 25th, April

            Golborne 214-6

            Adlington 215-1

Adlington won by 9 wickets.


Adlington are the surprise package in this seasons Anthony Axford Bolton & District Cricket Association. A nine wicket victory at Golborne produced a second win of the season. Considering only two wins were achieved last season, this represents a remarkable change in fortunes.

Adlington won the toss and chose to field. Dale Tyrer (60) and Rob Turnbull (61) were in commanding form, putting together an opening stand of 131, this being the third century partnership by Golborne openers against Adlington in the last three years. Adlington fought back, restricting the home side to 214-6, deputy professional Usman Tariq taking three wickets and Steve Leonard chipping in with two.

Adlington’s response was emphatic. Chris Mulligan and Tariq recorded their own century opening partnership. They were not parted until the thirtieth over and the score had reached 161. Mulligan’s 67 (eleven fours) was his highest score at 1st XI level. This was a valuable contribution, but the undoubted star of the show was Tariq. His not out score of 127 contained thirteen fours and his seventh six in the fortieth over overhauled Golborne, leaving Adlington as top club in the Association. It is hoped that contracted professional Majid Majeed will be available for this week’s fixture, but Usman has given the club a tremendous lift and instilled confidence in the players.

The 2nd XI again disappointed being dismissed for only 98 in response to Golborne’s 139 all out, Matthew Hooper taking 4-42. Father and son combination Phil and Jack Shovelton gave Adlington a good start, but apart from 23 by Cameron Jones, the rest provided little resistance.


Saturday 18th. April

            Edgworth 132 all out

            Adlington 136-7

Adlington won by 3 wickets.




Adlington got off to a fine start in the Anthony Axford Bolton & District Cricket Association with a surprise win over Edgworth. Before the season started, Adlington received the shock news that contracted professional Majid Majeed had not yet had his visa application fully processed and could miss the first weeks of the season. The club acted quickly and engaged the Radcliffe professional, Usman Tariq to deputise.

This proved a master stroke as the Pakistani, together with Ben King, proved to be the inspiration in the victory by three wickets. Edgworth must have regretted their decision to bat, King taking all four wickets in a tremendous opening spell, reducing the visitors to 51-4. Tariq removed opener Guy Haynes for 30 at 63 and newcomer Steve Leonard chipped in with a wicket. Nick Kernick and Liam Watkinson threatened a recovery with a stand of 48, but Tariq’s spin proved too much for the Edgworth tail. Mick Flatters stumped Andy McIlroy off the last ball of the innings to dismiss Edgworth for 132. King finished with 4-17 off 14 overs and Tariq 5-53. This was a fine all round performance by the Adlington players.

In reply Adlington appeared to be coasting to victory at 80-3 with Tariq in complete command. Mark Halliwell gave good support but his dismissal sparked a minor collapse, threatening all the previous good work. Tariq was bowled at 91 for 54, containing three fours and three sixes, which brought together King (31) and captain Mick Flatters. The former dispelled any fears, also hitting three sixes and three other boundaries. Victory was finally assured with King’s third six and eight overs left.


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