Adlington have help from the league rule

Adlington Cricket Club in their game against Elton
Adlington Cricket Club in their game against Elton

The weather made sure Adlington had no opportunity to build on Saturday’s fine win away at Darcy Lever as Sunday’s tie against Elton was rained off.

Sunday’s tie against Elton was originally reduced to 47 overs but more rain meant the sides were to play out a 40 over tie.

Adlington made excellent progress after deciding to bowl first.

They took seven Elton wickets as the visitors only managed 116 runs.

Ben King (2-26) and Jack Shovelton (1-10) shared three wickets between them before Majid Majeed took 3-46 off 14.4 overs.

Jack Howells grabbed a further wicket before another heavy shower put pay to any further play.

Saturday’s run fest against Darcy Lever brought a deserved win for Adlington in the Anthony Axford Bolton & District Cricket Association game.

Losing the toss and being asked to bowl, openers Amar Patel and Chris Fenn ensured Darcy got off to an excellent start.

The first wicket fell with the score on 72 as Mark Halliwell who bowled excellently throughout the day claimed his first wicket.

Halliwell then claimed his second wicket of the afternoon removing Matt Dewhurst before Halliwell claimed his third claiming the vital wicket of Fenn for 48.

Professional Tom Foster also claimed three wickets of his own taking 3-39 off seven overs but the Darcy batsmen continued to plug away and posted a competitive total of 225-8 off 48 overs.

The Adlington start didn’t get off to the best of things as Zak Millington fell for 11.

However, Majeed and Halliwell then added 91, Halliwell hitting a fine 40.

Majeed carried on his recent superb form despite the loss of three quick wickets.

Three hours are allocated for teams to bowl their 48 overs and it was obvious early on that Darcy Lever would struggle to complete the overs in the allotted time.

Majeed had been joined by Jack Shovelton and he gave the innings the extra impetus needed.

At 208-5, the three hours were up and Darcy Lever were penalised 15 runs, taking the total to 223 (five penalty runs per over) and Shovelton completed the win with a boundary.

Majeed finished with an excellent 81 not out and Shovelton with a mature 38 not out.

That completed Adlington’s third successive victory with a little help from the new league rules.