Unhappy Euxton rue drop catches

Oliver Marsden bowling for Euxton

Oliver Marsden bowling for Euxton

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‘Catches win matches drop, them at your peril’ is a phrase regularly heard in cricket and Euxton were guilty of failing to hold on to the ball.

Bowling first against a Whalley side that they defeated earlier on in the season, Euxton dropped opener Richard Lamb on zero, and he went on to make 23.

No.3 Lee Kearsley again was dropped without troubling the scorers, before

making 43.

And the biggest wicket of them all, Whalley pro Saurabh Bandekar was dropped on 13, and took advantage and smashed an unbeaten 106.

Euxton had been in fine form of lately in the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League,. thanks to the form of overseas amateur Ulricht Van Duyker.

And Van Duyker did claim two wickets but struggled to contain Bandekar, whose 106 came off just 98 balls.

Oliver Marsden and James Hill claimed a wicket each as Whalley closed on 235-4 off

45 overs at Balshaw Park.

In their reply, Euxton lost captain Mark Winrow without troubling the scorers.

Brother Andrew Winrow soon followed as he scored three, and Marsden followed to leave Euxton at 12-3.

Van Duyker was bowled by Bandekar for six and the returning Nick Dunn was bowled by David Howard for zero.

Howard took 5-22 from a fine spell of bowling as he accounted for the wickets

of Martin Millward, Mark Winrow, Marsden and James Proctor.

David Harrop top scored for Euxton with 11 before

he was dismissed by Sean Duckworth.

After such a heavy defeat, Euxton will be looking to return to winning ways this comingweek as they have a triple header of games.

Thursday sees them travel to Salesbury in Twenty20 action before hosting Clitheroe on the Saturday, and facimg Barnoldswick on Sunday.

n On a more positive note, the 2nd XI secured an excellent win away at table-toppers Brinscall in Division two of the Ribblesdale League.

Bowling first, the standard was set by opening bowlers Asif Ellahi and Richard Brown.

Ellahi took 2-18 and Brown 1-19, before William Woodall was introduced and took 3-22.

Richard Newton and Chris Pearson also claimed two wickets each as Brinscall were bowled out for 80.

In a nervous chase, Euxton knocked off the runs with just three wickets in hand.

Matt Dawson top scored with 24 as Euxton secured a vital win.