Hindley St Peter’s move into Shield semis

Hindley St Peter's cricket club were due to take on Newburgh CC, at Hindley's ground, but rain stopped play and the teams didn't make it out on the pitch, from left, Newburgh's team captain Michael Simpson, umpire Mike Dodds and Hindley St Peter's team captain Paul Mather.
Hindley St Peter's cricket club were due to take on Newburgh CC, at Hindley's ground, but rain stopped play and the teams didn't make it out on the pitch, from left, Newburgh's team captain Michael Simpson, umpire Mike Dodds and Hindley St Peter's team captain Paul Mather.
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Hindley St Peter’s first XI started their Sandhurst Shield defence on Sunday with a convincing seven-wicket victory at Norley Hall.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat, but were soon in trouble at 32-5 thanks to Mark Wood, who returned excellent figures of 4-16 in his allotted nine overs.

Daniel Fisher struck back for Norley but he was fighting a lone battle as wickets continued to fall around him.

Paul Mather came back for a second spell and took two wickets in two balls to reduce Norley to 87-9.

Fisher was still going and got within two runs of his half century before he was the last man out, bowled by James Hart as Norley were dismissed inside 38 overs for 112.

HSP made good progress towards their target, Behzad Malik hitting 28 and Phil Moorfield an unbeaten 32 to guide them home to the win inside 30 overs and a home semi-final against either Goose Green or Moorfield.

That match was the only cricket of the weekend for HSP, after both Saturday matches were washed out.

The first XI were due to play Newburgh at home and the seconds had travelled to Prescot but persistent rain meant that neither match was able to start.

Next Saturday the first XI make the short trip into Wigan to take on Goose Green, while the seconds will need to be on their mettle as they face early leaders Moss Side Maghull at home. The Sunday XI travel to Winstanley Park.

Norley Hall’s first XI league encounter at Haydock was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The second XI played hosts to New Victoria seconds and the match was also abandoned although they did manage to start.

New Victoria made 101-2 from 21 overs before the match was curtailed.

This coming Saturday the first XI are at home to New Victoria and the seconds visit Aughton seconds.

Both are set to start at 1,30pm.

The Sunday XI are at home to Wigan with a 1.45 start.

With the Highfield first team game at New Brighton abandoned without a ball being bowled it was left to the second team to fly the flag on Saturday at home to Leigh.

It was one of the very few games played on the day, a tribute to the fabulous condition of the Highfield ground and the positive outlook of the two captains and umpire.

Steve Atkinson won the toss and decided to bat, but decided to step down the order from his usual opening position, with Tom Ashton and Craig Aspey forming the top order partnership. Aspey in particular relished in the opportunity, racing to his 50 with good support from Ashton.

The pair put on 114 for the first wicket before wily Chris Melia bowled Aspey for 71.

Leigh were indebted to their captain Waywell and Dove to steady the ship when it looked like Hargreaves would wrap up the win.

The game was drawn with the visitors closing on 176 for 6, a remarkable 83 overs bowled in the day.