Two vital victories for Euxton

Andrew Winrow in action for Euxton CC. Pics by Josh Vosper

Andrew Winrow in action for Euxton CC. Pics by Josh Vosper

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Happy Euxton now sit 15 points clear of the relegation zone in the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League after two victories in two days.

Ulricht Van Duyker was the star of the weekend as the South African claimed 14 wickets as Euxton defeated both Earby and Cherry Tree.

Euxton travelled to Cherry Tree on Sunday knowing a win was a must to extend their lead over their rivals at the bottom of the table.

Bowling first, Euxton claimed early wickets through Stephen Hoyle, and Asif Ellahi before the spin kings Kevin Anderson and Van Duyker were introduced into the

attack.

Anderson didn’t have the success but Cherry Tree had no answer to Van Duyker’s slow left arm bowling.

Van Duyker tore through the Cherry Tree batting and claimed the prize wicket of professional Kamran Anwar for 13 as Cherry Tree made 158-9 off their allocated overs.

Van Duyker finishing with figuers of 7-48.

Euxton got off to a terrible start losing skipper Mark Winrow, who failed to trouble the scorers.

But Van Duyker built a partnership with Andrew Winrow to draw Euxton close to winning.

Van Duyker bludgeoned 36 off just 39 balls as Winrow rotated the strike well at the other end.

Despite losing Van Duyker and then James Mansfield (4), Anderson joined Winrow and the pair guided the side home to an important victory.

Winrow finished on 66 and Anderson on 32 including five fours.

Saturday had sen yet another win for the Balshaw Lane outfit as they defeated Earby by 26 runs.

Batting first, Euxton lost Andrew Winrow early for seven and soon after Van Duyker for two. But Oliver Marsden (32) and Mark Winrow steadied the ship and built an impressive partnership.

Despite losing Marsden, Winrow continued and hit 59 off 66 balls including eight fours and one six.

Steve Hoyle hid 33 off 55 balls and showed his value to the side and Will Woodall hit a run-a-ball 21 to take Euxton to 186-9 off 45 overs.

Euxton got off to a great start as Marsden claimed an early wicket and Hoyle joined the party soon after. But it was Van Duyker who stole the show, claiming 7-32 off 13.3 overs.

The overseas amateur claimed the prize wicket of Fahid Rehman for 56 and despite some lusty blows from the tail, Euxton and Van Duyker cleaned up Earby for 160.