Last weekend saw the 1st team lose both days unfortunately. On Saturday away to Woodhouses they restricted opponents to just 142 on a small ground. Unfortunately Unsworth only just limped past 100, falling 41 runs short. On Sunday it was a heavier defeat against top of league Heywood at the Den, this time 251 plays 118. Thanks to Austin’s parents, the Jones’s for match ball sponsor.

The 2nd team defeated Woodhouses on Saturday successfully chasing down 97 all out, making hard work of it in the process 8 wickets down. Thanks to WHN Solicitors for the ball sponsor, they have been associated with the club a number of years now, and director Gary Jones is a partner, follow the link to their website below. On Sunday however with a number of players missing or in the 1st team they were also defeated, 167/6 plays 88 all out.

This Saturday 22nd sees the 2nd team at home to Denton St Lawrence so please come and lend support. There is a race night starting from 730pm onwards in the evening, it is FREE entry, just turn up on night. Horses available from Sue Judge, Sue Earnshaw, Jack Ryder & Irene Oldham.

The last fortnight has witnessed 3 narrow losses for 1st team, and a win and defeat for 2nds.

Saturday July 1st saw first team visit Flowery Field, stand in professional Harvey Hosein scored an impressive 108* out of a total of 266 for 8. Jengy with 39 was also in good form, in a typically quickfire innings. Unfortunately the team lost in penultimate over, definitely the highest chase against them in the GMCL! Over at the Den, Unsworth hosted Rochdale Catholic Club 1st team who were far too good and romped home by 10 wickets. Thanks to Casey family for ball sponsor. Sunday 2nd saw the 1st team host Denton West in the quarter final of the cup. The home team posted a creditable 172 in tricky batting conditions, again with professional Hosein the stand out bat with 75. In reply the game looked like it could go either way, with Denton’s professional eventually seeing the team home with an over to spare. Jack O Brien & Leighton Friend pick of bowlers with 2 wickets apiece. Thanks to Wilton Cad Services, Mike Boothroyd’s company for ball sponsor again!

Saturday July 8th proved a similar story for the first team posting another competitive total, this time 198. Leighton Friend, Aman Arora and professional Hosein with scores above 30, but nobody able to push on! This time the game went to the last ball, Winton were victors despite some good bowling from Jengy & Ian Hall towards the back end of the innings, another frustrating narrow loss, the 4th in a row by opponents with less than 10 balls to spare! Thanks to O’Brien family for ball sponsorship.The 2nd team consolidated their mid table position with a win over South West Manchester. 217 proved more than enough runs, Steve Earnshaw 58, Jack Ryder 51 & Liam Brady continuing his good recent form, with 41 proving the backbone of the batting. The opposition managed 184 all out with Steve Earnshaw, Tom Earnshaw and Matt Garner picking up 2 wickets each. The 2nd team entertain Woodhouses this Saturday and 1st team are at home to Heywood Sunday, please come down and lend your support.

Saturday June 17th saw both the 1st and 2nd team win on the same day for the first team since first weekend of the season! In glorious sunshine the 1st team posted 166-9 at Stretford batting their full 50 overs in the process. Stand in professional Von Berg was mainstay of innings with 60, and 6 other players scored between 10 and 22. It was a tricky wicket with plenty in for the bowlers so certainly a defendable score. Despite Stretford’s overseas batting right through for a well contstructed 72* Unsworth bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals, the stand in professional coming to the fore again, this time with 6 wickets. As in the batting innings others chipped in too, 4 different bowlers picking up a wicket a piece. Streford were bowled out for 139, a much needed win for Unsworth.

In glorious sunshine at the Den the 2nd team’s innings followed a similar pattern. They posted 169 as opposed to 166, losing their last wicket in the last over of the innings, Liam Brady 51 & Danny Creer 34 provided the backbone the innings. Again the home team felt this was about par at tea time given the conditions. Martin Browne and his possy of friends, family members & work colleagues were down sponsoring the match enjoying the sunshine! The total proved too much for Greenfield who limped to 70 all out, Matt Garner with 3 wickets for 2 runs was the pick of the bowlers. Thanks again to Barnfather Solicitors, criminal defence firm based in Manchester for the match sponsorship (www.barnfathersolicitors.com). They specialise in financial crime, fraud and Regulatory investigations, and defending directors of small & medium enterprises. Steve Bailey was the match ball sponsor, thanks to him too, just ahead of his band doing their comeback gig at the club on Saturday night!

Weekend just gone saw 2 league losses on Saturday for 1st & 2nd teams with a narrow exciting win for the 3s on Sunday.

Saturday at the Den saw Unsworth host top of the table Greenmount, Steve Judge & Todd Casey with 25 & 39 respectively made sure home side got off to a good start with opening stand of 57. Aman Arora, 41 also continued the good work and the team were well placed at 144-3 in 39th over. Unfortunately a flurry of wickets fell and home side ended up with just 170, when in reality should have passed 200. That was to cost side dear! Ian Hall, as usual bowled well up front for Unsworth and Andy McGuinness took a number of wickets in the latter overs of Greenmount’s reply. Both ended up with 4 wickets a piece for less than 30 runs. The last pair came together with scored on 159 and saw Greenmount home with 2 balls to spare. A cracking game of cricket, but Unsworth on the wrong side of result. Thanks to John & Janet Phair for ball sponsor.

The 2nd team was also defeated unfortunately, away to Flowery Field. They again posted a respectable score, 187 in this case for loss of just 6 wickets. Liam Brady’s 47 continued his fine recent good form and provided backbone of innings. Steve Earnshaw 29, and the returning Simon Hetherington, 21* from 14 balls also contributed well, welcome back Simon! In reply Flowery Field were always ahead of the rate and although lost wickets looked in control, they eased to their target with 11 overs remaining for loss of 6 wickets- Steve Earnshaw 2-32 was pick of Unsworth’s bowlers

The 3rd team produced the only senior victory of the weekend, posting 100 at Whalley Range, extras with 28 top score! Whalley Range lost their first wicket at 69, so looked in total control but you never know in cricket! Mike Earnshaw had a rare bowl and his 5 for 21 proved the telling contribution and ensured Unsworth were victorious by just 3 runs! It is also worth mentioning the 1st team lost narrowly on Friday night in 20/20 competition to Bamford Fieldhouse in the last over, thanks to Peter Yorke Robinson for ball sponsor, 131 runs want quite enough!

The club have a busy month in July so please take note of following:

Saturday 1st- 2nd team at home
Sunday 2nd- 1st team cup quarter final at home
Saturday 8th – 1st team at home followed by Gary Barlow Tribute Night from 8pm- tickets are £6 for FULL members & £8 others, available from behind bar

As with every weekend in season so far, the club have had some wins and some losses over the weekend.

Friday night saw the 1st team defeat Heywood at the Crimble in a 20-20 game. Mo Saoib and returning professional Mangaliso Moshele were main scorers for Unsworth with 49 & 44 not out respectively out of total of 153-5 in 20 overs. In reply Heywood were always behind the rate, and posted 116 all out. Ian Hall was pick of bowlers with 3-22

Saturday saw the first team washed out at home without a ball being bowled against bottom of league Worsley. The 2nd team meanwhile got a reduced game on against Ashton Ladysmith 1st team. The twos posted 140 all out on a small ground, despite being 138-6! Tom Earnshaw 35 was top scorer. In reply the result was never in doubt with Ashton’s opener scoring 74* before the rain came and Ashton won on Duckworth Lewis rule, at 108 for 1

Sunday was the 3rd team cup with Greenmount the visitors, and Jack O’Brien the match ball sponsor! Greenmount’s 182 in 40 over game proved far too much, despite Ryan Edge’s attempts with the ball, he was leading bowler with 3 for 25. Unsworth only posted 85 in reply, with mark Crowther only bat to pass 11! He scored 26. That’s the 3s out of the cup.

This Friday sees the Under 19s at home to Bury in a 20-20 competitioon, with 615 start, and BBQ going. Saturday 17th, the 2nds are at home to Greenfield and the evening sees Kick, Steve Bailey's band make their music comeback. Tickets are on sale from just £3 direct from club, and advance purchase is recommended. Steve is also sponsoring the match ball on Saturday, thanks very much!