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

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!

The weekend saw all 3 teams in action spread over 3 days! First team started the weekend well winning their 20/20 game with Aman Arora scoring 63 and Leighton Friend 47 forming backbone of formidable 171 off just 20 overs v Thornham. This total proved more than enough.

On Saturday the 1st team had Mangaliso Moshele on international duty, but had the luxury of another international cricketer in their ranks. Simon Kerrigan, who played an Ashes test for England was the stand in professional. Despite his 2 wickets and 22 runs he could not prevent Edgeworth winning comfortably in the league game as 252-5 played 125 all out. It had all looked so promising for Unsworth as Todd Casey (39) & Shaun Kenworthy (35) had put on 65 for 1st wicket, but a dramatic collapse ensued!

The 2nd team did better beating Failsworth Macedonia by 3 wickets. Rob Connor (4-35) was pick of bowlers as opposition posted a respectable 152. In reply captain Tom Earnshaw (50) & Danny Creer (46*) saw the visitors home with a number of overs to spare. Thanks to Pete & Gill Long for ball sponsorship!

The 3rd team fell narrowly short on Sunday to Stand, chasing 173 off 40 overs, they ended up on 160-8. Mason Garnett 2-25 & 25 with bat and veteran Gary Jones who scored 47 were the pick of the home side’s performers. Thanks again to Pete & Gill Long for match ball sponsor, as well as Jean Joynson & Aman Arora the week previous!

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!

The 5th league weekend of the season went much the same way as the other 4, with an Unsworth Senior Team Winning and a team losing! The 2nd team were the odd one out, not to play, with their game at the Den rained off on Saturday. Over at Dunkifield a 26 over game started at 420pm. The home side posted a par score of 140 for 7. Stand in professional Khan and Jack O’Brien were the pick of the bowlers showing great control in the 2nd half of the innings. In reply Unsworth made several changes to their batting order, but soon found themselves 6 wickets down with ess than 30 runs on the board. Mo Saoib was pick of Dragons batting with 29, he helped the team eventually limp to 95 for 9.

On Sunday the 3rd team defeated Friends Sporting Club 2nd 11. They bowled the opposition out in the cup game for just 115, with 7 bowlers used in total. Unsworth eased to victory with 12 overs to spare and with only 3 wickets down. Jack Ryder 46 not out top scored. Thanks to Vic Sleigh for the match ball sponsorship.

Junior training is on this Friday as normal from 615 pm, the 1st team are at home on Saturday to Denton. Sunday is 2nds at home to Walshaw in the cup. And a date for your diary, Sat June 2nd, race night in members bar, watch this space for more details!