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Neal Wilkinson

Owing to a strong show in 2021 the third eleven competed in the top division of the newly formed three division third eleven set up. This was clearly going to be a challenge. When it became clear that the team were going to be without a couple of regular players from the previous season, the task became even more difficult. 


As suspected, it was indeed a difficult season, but one which, nevertheless, had several highlights and signs of encouragement for the future. The team finished bottom of division one, winning only two of the sixteen games. Nevertheless, there was a lot of entertaining cricket played in good conditions with many high scoring matches. 


Michael Rabbett led the team well, playing all sixteen matches and making sure we were able to field a full team in every fixture, despite regular problems with availability. Michael is also proving to be a good link between junior and senior cricket. Niall and Pat Boardman and Theo Goddard are also to be applauded for being available for fifteen of the sixteen matches. Our thanks go to some of our veteran and lady players who ensured that we always had a full eleven. 


Charlie Gansler was undoubtedly the player of the year scoring 441 runs at 44.1. Josh Holt scored 182 in his brief opportunities to play on return from university and skipper Michael Rabbett scored 160 at a respectable 17.77. On the bowling front. Niall and Theo both took 17 wickets with Theo picking up five wickets at home against Walsden.


Incredible innings from Charlie and Josh were undoubtedly the highlights of the season. Charlie scored 155 not out at home to Rochdale in only 104 balls, whilst Josh made 139 not out at home to Clitheroe. 


The most progress was probably made by Theo and Pat. Whilst wicket keeper batsman Rhys Lloyd certainly showed glimpses of the fine player he should become. 


After relegation, it is division two next season, when hopefully our young lads will have a better chance to give a good account of themselves.


Our thanks go to scorers Laurie & Phillip and of course to Joanne for ensuring that the pavilion is clean, tidy and ready for the players every weekend. Special thanks this year go to Lynn and Deborah, who after many years of providing the very best cricket teas are taking a well-earned retirement.


Report by

Neal Wilkinson

3rd Team Manager

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