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Eight wicket victory for Burntwood St Matthews

Burntwood St Matthews secured another victory on their return to action in the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship with an eight wicket victory over a young Milford Hall side.

Milford had got off to a brisk start after being put in to bat by Saints skipper Matt Hoccom, with opener Tim Davis making the most of some lose bowling.  But a double strike by 15 year old bowler Will Farmer (2-8) ended both Milford openers’ innings with Matt Hoccom and Alex Tsung lending helping hands with excellent outfield catches.

But it was the introduction of George Haywood into the attack which turned the game as he ripped through the Milford order on his way to a six-wicket haul.  With spinner Matt Crossfield (2-18) a constant threat bowling from the opposite end, Haywood (6-9) finally wrapped up the innings with two wickets in two balls, both from unplayable deliveries, to leave Milford 76 all out.

On Sunday, Burntwood St Matthews 1sts travelled to Erdington Court in the Lichfield & District League.  Winning the toss, skipper Matt Crossfield elected to bat first but only Luke Dovey could capitalise for the visitors with a well-earned 84.  Alex Tsung added 23, Rupert Edmonds 17 and George Haywood 11, but the rest of the lineup could only manage single figure scores as Saints were dismissed for 166.

In reply, Erdington stuttered to 97-6 before a big hitting partnership saw them most of the way home, the final runs coming in the 30th over for a 3 wicket victory.  Pick of the bowling for the Saints was Neil Gould who took 3-37.

A young Burntwood St Matthews 2nds entertained Wednesbury in the other Sunday game of the weekend and were undone by some classy batting displays by their visitors.  Chris Williams carried his bat for 73 and Asif Jasat hit a quickfire 65 before Daniel Slater crafted himself an unbeaten 82, Wednesbury finishing on 263-2.  Fourteen year-old Aaron Bishton (2-31) was the only Saints bowler to taste success as he bagged a brace of wickets and in the process carried off the Saints man of the match award.

In reply, the young Saints team never really looked likely to challenge with no batsman scoring highly, Saints eventually being dismissed for 102 as Wednesbury won comfortably by 161 runs.

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