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Covid-19 cricket season ends with a whimper

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THE truncated cricket season in the Warrington area ended with a whimper rather than a bang with a number of games called off because one club or the other could not raise a team for the last match.
Final league tables were pretty meaningless as all divisions of the Cheshire Cricket League were split into sub-divisions based as much on geography as playing strength. But for the record, Lymm Oughtrington Park finished ninth and Appleton tenth in division one North East.
There will be no promotions or relegations arising from the Covid-19 season.
Appleton did extremely well to be able to turn out all four teams for the final week – even if none of them managed to win. The 1st XI lost heavily at Knutsford, being bowled out for 53 after the home side had scored 191-7.
The 2nd XI scored 225-6 but saw Chester Boughton Hall respond with 226-5 and the 3rd XI hit 146-9 at Styal, where the home side scored 148-6. Mark Sands, 26 and Jamie Horton, 23 were the leading run scorers while Horton’s 2-16 and Paul White’s 2-28 were the main bowling performances.
The 4th XI, at home to Chester County Officers, were bowled out for 84 in reply to the visitors’ 226-5. Ed Nelson top scored with 20 while Stewart Ball took 3-37.
Lymm Oughtrington Park hit 157-8 in reply to visitors’ Langley who had totalled an impressive 239-4.
The worrying thing for local cricket now is whether this year’s emergency competitions will have been enough to maintain interest in the summer game or whether there will be an impact on next year’s season with some of the smaller clubs struggling to survive.

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