Run fest at Rainey Park as Dalton fall short

This weeks featured local cricket game took us across to a very warm and sunny (isn’t it always?) Walney Island to see Vickerstown host Dalton.

Dalton won the toss and chose to bowl at Rainey Park, and with a lightening fast out field a run fest was always on the cards.

Andy Janes and John Burns got Vickerstown off to a quick start with some hard hit boundaries and good running. Janes was teh first to be dismissed with the score on 39, but Bradley Forrestial came to the crease and carried on the fast start scoring at over a run a ball. At 85/1 Vickerstown were cruising, but Burns, Forrestial (43) and Spencer all departed in quick succession to give Dalton a foot hold in the game.

Unfortunately the Vickerstown batsman had other ideas and Tom Savage and Matthew Solsby then put on a 60 partnesrship as the Sea Dogs headed towards 200, eventually getting there with some hard hitting from Zack Middlehurst towards the end of the innings. It was tough for teh Dalton bowlers on a hot day and fast outfield, Massey Holmes and Tunstall were the pick of the bowlers for Dalton as Vickerstown finished on 203-9 from the 40 overs.

In reply the visitors got off to a slow start losing an early wicket, which brought Jack Litherland to the crease. Litherland played some lovely shots including a couple of big sixes before chipping one back to be caught and bowled by man of the match Forrestial. Dalton then started to struggle with Vickerstown putting a strangle hold on the innings, Benson taking 3 wickets in 4 balls leaving Dalton struggling at 100/8.

The visitors then showed real character digging in with an 80 run last wicket partnership between Massey Holmes and Tunstall, both playing very well.

This partnership got Dalton close to to a winning position but fell short as the innings finished on 170-8. – another point to note was Zack Middlehurst getting his first ever wicket!

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Vickerstown v Dalton
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Ian Allington

Ian Allington

Cricket Correspondent

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