This weekend, saw the first team record their 2nd win of the league season, with an exciting home win against Stand. Stand posted 209, which looked a sizeable total. Jack O Brien (3-42) and Jengy (2-26) were pick of the bowlers. Stand in professional Gous picked up both batsman who passed 50 too! In reply stand in pro Gous (48) put Unsworth in a good position, but a succession of wickets in middle left the team at 130 for 6. Jengy, however batted sensibly and saw the team home with an impressive 41*which included 2 massive sixes! Thanks to Wilton Cad Services, Mike Boothroyd’s company for match ball sponsorship. The 2nd team lost heavily, only posting 116. Adam Earnshaw the only batsman to post above 11, with a well-constructed sensible 40 not out. Denton knocked off the total with 25 overs to spare, for loss of just 2 wickets.

On Sunday the 3rd team played Springhead 2nd team. The opposition posted 240, which proved just too much. Ramsay brothers, Nathan & Jacob scored 57 and 41 respectively with Danny Creer also scoring 49. Despite the best efforts of all, the team finished just 6 runs short. A good effort nonetheless. This weekend sees junior training on Friday from 615 as normal, and 2nd team at home on Saturday, with game starting at 130.

Unsworth Senior Teams won 2 of their 3 games over the weekend in the Greater Manchester League, ironically both the home games! Saturday saw the twos defeat Heywood, with home side posting a competitive 154. Liam Brady with 34 with pick of home sides batting although there was contributions all the way down the order, including a valuable 30 or so for last wicket with Chris Sherington and Rob Connor. In reply Heywood limped to 99 all out, Rob Connor 3-31 pick of the bowlers. Thanks to Bob & Sue Judge for the ball sponsor.

The first team lost despite being in the game for long periods. Heywood posted 241 on a very flat wicket at the Crimble. Ian Hall 2-51 and Jack O’Brien 2-56 were the pick of the Unsworth bowlers. Despite an opening partnership of 83 off 12 overs, and being well placed at 115 for 1 Unsworth’s middle order crumbled. Leighton Friend 49 was the top scorer, and looked very dangerous. The team ended up on 204 all out with around 8 overs left.

On Sunday Mark Crowther’s bowling, (yes you read it right bowling), inspired a win for the 3rd team. In trouble at 59 for 6, Mason Garnett 58* and Danny Creer 52* lifted the home side to a formidable 165 for 6 in 39 overs. In reply Newton were always behind in the game, and captain Mark Crowther demolished the lower order with a blistering spell of 5 wickets for just 4 runs. Thanks go to Tom Earnshaw for ball sponsor.

Anyone interested in ball sponsor (prices start from £12.50) or match sponsorship (prices start from £100 for 4 people) CLICK HERE. This weekend sees the 1st team at home on Saturday, 1pm start, come and support.

The season kicked off this weekend with all 3 teams in action in the GMCL League. On Saturday At Winton the 1st team posted 224, deputy pro Calvin Savage the mainstay of innings with 76. Todd Casey batted well at top of the order for 47. A number of other players also chipped in. However, with some small boundaries one side & good batting surface it wasn’t foregone conclusion at tea! The game was in the balance for nearly the whole of Winton innings who eventually with 3 overs to go gave up, and batted out thus ensuring themselves one solitary point. Jack O’ Brien & Jehangir Ali were pick of bowlers with 3-46 off 14 and 2-25 off 10 respectively.

Over at the Den on Saturday, the 2nd team posted 154-9 off their 45 overs, with Jack Ryder 36 & Danny Creer 32 the mainstay of the innings in what was a respectable total. Ryan Edge and Matt Garner picked up 3 wickets each as Unsworth remained on top throughout, easing to victory by 58 runs.

On Sunday the 3rd team were not able to complete a hat-rick of wins, despite bowling the opposition out for just 103, Matthew Gilmore’s 4-16 pick of bowling. In reply only Michael Earnshaw 29, got to grips with oppositions bowlers, but his effort was all in vein. Thanks to this weekend’s match ball sponsors, Earnshaws on Saturday & Steve Judge on Sunday. Next Saturday sees first team at home to Woodhouses, please come and watch, its your first change to see South African International Cricketer Mangaliso Moshele!

Both the 1st and 2nd team suffered narrow losses to Woodhouses on the 2nd weekend of the GMCL season. At the Den, Unsworth restricted Woodhouses to just over 90 all out. It is the first time the teams had meet at senior level for nearly 30 yrs, Michael Atherton played against us then! Ian Hall was pick of bowlers with 5 wickets, but a number of bowlers were used and all contributed. Unfortunately this proved too much for Unsworth who fell all out about 20 short, disappointingly. Overseas amateur Leighton Friend was the pick of the home side’s batsmen.

Over at Woodhouses the twos posted 164 in their 45 overs, Steve Earnshaw & Adam Earnshaw scoring either side of 50 runs each respectively. Steve batting sensibly for a number of overs, Adam coming in at the end with a series of boundaries in quick succession. A tense game ensued, but the opposition won by 3 wickets with a handful of overs to spare.

Thanks to Dave Joynson for the 1st team ball sponsor. This Saturday sees twos at home to Heywood on Saturday, and third team at home to Nelson on Sunday. Please come down and support the bar will be open, and Sky Sports on the TV. The club will be open on Friday night as usual for junior training from 615 also.

The club are delighted to announce the signing of South African International Cricketer Mangaliso Mosehle. Mosehle is a current international playing 3 games for South Africa in January of this year, where he kept wicket and batted in the middle order. His 3 games includes a blistering 32 not out off just 15 balls v Sri Lanka. He joins the club after the Home Office refused a visa for Darryl Brown. Mosehle is not the first international cricketer to play for Unsworth. In 2010, Faf Du Plessis was the stand in professional against Middleton, he has now played over 170 games for South Africa. In 1995 the club also had the services of West Indian, Gus Logie. Gus was part of the 1984 touring party to England which famously “blackwashed” England 5-0 on home soil.

With the signings of Kendrick Hatton, Leighton Friend and Aman Arora already secured for the season, the club can look forward optimistically to the season. Winter nets continue at Total Cricket in Ashton on Thursday Nights at 8pm. New players always welcome. The club would like to thank Complete Cricket Agency for securing the services of Mangaliso. And of course wish outgoing professional Chris Williams all the best who has joined Middleton.