Leigh CC v Paraguayan Elbows Cricket Club
14 Sept 2003 ~ Match report
Leigh 200-8 (Flint 54 not out, Mitchell 40, Deller 4-56)
Paraguayan Elbows 59 all out (Turner 24, Hollands 4-18)
Leigh won by 141 runs
More buns for Doughnut
Dave "Doughnut" Hollands followed up last year's match-winning 6-52 to once again bowl the hosts to a convincing victory. Using the Leigh sun to full advantage, he bamboozled an array of poorly-equipped Elbows to finish with 4 for 18 from just 6 overs. Thus Leigh completed the third consecutive win against the not-so-mighty ELbows, and by the widest margin yet, when Paul Mitchell, masquerading as Adam Reeves, provided the coup de grace a good hour before the pubs were due to open.
It hadn't always looked to be such plain sailing though: Leigh skipper Dave Maslin won a rare toss and elected to bat first against a weakened Elbows attack, in the context of which the Elbows were happy to keep Leigh down to 200-8 at tea. Despite an opening partnership of 73 between Mitchell (b Harris 40) and Vic Clark (finally caught by Mark Deacon at slip off Bob Deller 33), the Elbows did a good job of containing the hosts. Tidy pies from Deller (13-1-56-4), kept company by Alf Kearns (2-48), steadied things after 2 wayward overs from Knotty Green guest Pete Radford had undone the early good work by Leigh residents Harris (1-33 )and Duncan Ottaway (0-18). Once Ian Bishop had departed to a Deller full toss (c by Martin McVinnie at long on), Darren Flint provided the backbone to the innings. The Elbows worked hard to keep Dazzer away from the strike, however, and the diminutive opener remained not out on just 54 at tea. Along the way, a procession of Leigh men fell to Deller and Kearns, even 13-year old Andrew Massingham getting in on the act with the wicket of Kenny Ramsammy (which must have had the widest age spread of the day). Luke Grayland wopped a quick Flintoff-like 30 before perishing in likewise fashion to Bishop, whilst Elbows 'keeper Alex Cribben finished with a hat-trick of stumpings as well as a tidy catch down the leg-side to get rid of the ever-hungry Doughnut.
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From hereon in, however, it went more pear shaped for the Elbows than, well, a pear. McVinnie, Deller and Deacon all perished for an aggregate of 10 between them, followed by ducks for Kearns, Radford, Cribben and Massingham (unluckily run out by a very smart piece of fielding round the corner by Alex Wells who also took 2 wickets). Ottaway smashed one four before becoming yet another Hollands victim and when Turner, who had carried his bat from second wicket down aimed a mighty slog at Mitchell and missed, it was all over. Skipper Maslin was left to rue what might have been had he won a few more tosses this summer. Elbows skipper Harris was left to ponder how quickly it might have been over had he won the toss and batted!