Khan punishes Tonge bowling
10:43am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
IT was bound to happen sometime, despite all their enthusiasm and spring in their step to play cricket, two local teams were frustrated by the weather last Wednesday night.
The match between mid-table Tonge under–11s and third-placed Farnworth Social Circle was set to be a cracker with wickets and a hoard of runs after 10 overs.
Despite a light drizzle in the air, it cleared but then returned after 10 overs to see the match called off.
At first, both sides were hoping a rain break would have lasted for five or 10 minutes but instead it forced the umpires to take the decision to abandone the game.
Farnworth coach Tim Lees said: “It looked like it was going to be a good game.
“Our lads started well by scoring some good runs and they took some wickets.
“But the weather kicked in with the rain coming down hard.
“That meant we had to call it a night for health and safety reasons even though the rain stopped’.
“We have been very lucky with the weather this year compared to others.
“It has been kind to us and I think we have only had two matches called off during the course of the summer.
“We have been playing regularly and the lads have enjoyed the matches and they have improved this season.”
Lees added that they have two matches left this season and their league position is justified.
He said: “I think it is fair reflection of our season.
“There were one or two games that we could have done better but that is good considering last year we did not have an under-11s side.”
Tonge coach Dave Clitheroe was also disappointed about call-off.
He said: “We had just managed to keep them down in the final couple of overs.
“There may have been a few wides but we also grabbed a few wickets.
“The situation we have with the u11s in particular is that most are playing in trainers which make it dangerous.
“It is a shame as it was shaping up to be a really close match.
“The previous week, we played Eagley and won that by seven runs only because we took some wickets late on.
“This little group of boys and girls are very competitive.”
The match started well with Zain Hussain and Junaid Khan opening the batting and putting nine runs on the board.
Joshua Cummings and Abigail Deane bowled well and were unlucky not to grab early wickets.
Reweid Ahktar and Hamzah Khan came to the crease with a healthy 211 runs on the board.
It all changed when Deane managed to clean-bowl Khan to take the first wicket.
All the hard work was undone when a miss field saw the ball go for five runs on the next ball.
Another mis-field saw the scoreboard move up to 221 after seven overs.
There were chances for Farnworth wickets but Collings dropped the ball at mid-wicket.
After an expensive few overs Cameron Duckworth produced a wicket maiden which reduced the score to 219.
The new pairing of Aadam Khan and Deelan Karai punished some wayward bowling to take the score up to 226 before the rain stopped play.