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Match 13 Review

Bacup entertained next to bottom of the table Great Harwood in the hope of getting back to winning ways in Division Two.

Harwood won the toss and elected to make first use of the wicket. Serasinghe bowled very tightly in taking 3 for 20 from his 15 overs whilst Ben Lord was again in the wickets with 4 for 46. Wickets fell at regular intervals as the away team found themselves in trouble at 75 for 6. However, thanks largely to Masood with 37, they rallied to post a total of 141 in 42.2 overs.

This was a total which should have been easily chased down. At 36 for 0 and then 61 for 2 there didn't appear to be too many problems ahead. However, it was the introduction of slow left armer Newton which changed the game around. Bacup imploded, losing 8 wickets for only 7 runs in a disastrous collapse to 68 all out. Newton picked up 6 for 13 whilst Great Harwood professional de Silva weighed in with 4 for 34.

This was an abject display and certainly Bacup's worst performance of the season as they dropped down to mid table.

It was better news at The Cliffe where Bacup 2nd XL travelled to take on their counterparts.

Great Harwood elected to bat and made 159 all out. Josh Holt was again in the wickets picking up 5 for 30 with Dom Boardman taking 4 for 45.

It was an excellent chase with Bacup winning by 3 wickets after making 162 for 7, getting over the line with 11 overs to spare. Skipper John Syers dominated the innings with 56, whilst Highley with 32 and Knights with 24 not out also helped to see Bacup home.

The third eleven were host to unbeaten league leaders Walsden and, despite being second in the table themselves, were no match for the highly experienced outfit.

Bacup elected to bat first, but could only make 117 all out with Charlie Gansler in the runs with a well constructed 50. Unfortunately he was offered little assistance by his team mates.

Walsden ran out easy winners on 119 for 2 to continue their unbeaten run. Niall Boardman was the pick of the Bacup bowlers with 2 for 16.

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