Anthony Axford Bolton Association: Atherton see double after Cross Cup win
ATHERTON completed the first half of their double bid for silverware when they lifted the Cross Cup on Sunday.
The Higham Park men, who also top the league table by 27 points with five games remaining, beat Elton by three wickets at Darcy Lever.
It was their first trophy since the last of their seven previous Cross Cup victories 13 years ago, and they did it with a show typical of their performances this season.
“We got over the line again, like we’ve done so many times this season,” said captain Paul Walsh.
“The way we won it sums up our season. We had a bit of a wobble towards the end, but it was more comfortable than the scoresheet probably suggests.
“We haven’t chased down many scores this season and the partnership between Jamar Griffith and Dale Tyrer was superb.
“We lost an early wicket and they put on nearly a hundred to put us in a good position to win.”
Chasing Elton’s 165, Griffith (41) and Tyrer (39) took the score from 13-1 to 105-1.
The next two, Walsh and Greg Greenough scored 18 and 22, respectively, and while the following four batsmen scored a combined 16, they did enough to take the trophy.
Elton, who were looking to add to their Cross Cup victories in 2010 and 2012, got off to a snail-paced start.
They were 4-2 after 10 overs and just over 40 after 24 overs before numbers seven and eight, David Murray and Adam Stansfield, hit 52 and 25, respectively.
Murray scored his runs in 52 balls and the pair put on 60 in the last six overs to put a veneer of respectability to the innings, that did not look possible earlier in the day. Mark Parry took 4-65, Griffth 3-55 and Jimmy Damjanovski 2-14 for Atherton, and Elton’s best bowler was Chris Read with 3-52.