Adlington climb back into top spot with emphatic win
A resounding win at Astley Bridge saw Adlington's first XI return to the top of the table.
It was a triumph for the bowling attack of professional Majid Majeed, Iain Critchley and initially Jack Shovelton as the first three wickets fell to him inside an eight over spell that saw him concede just 22 runs.
The fielding was exceptional with splendid catches from Critchley, Shovelton and keeper Van Rensburg accounting for seven of the Bridge batsmen.
Majeed produced his usual economic spell, taking three wickets for 29 runs in 17 overs.
And Critchley recorded a season’s best 4-15.
An enterprising opening stand of 55 in nine overs between Simon Trim (18) and Shovelton (33) put Adlington well on the way to victory.
Despite a wobble of three quick wickets, Critchley (17 not out) won the match hitting the Bridge professional De Silva for a towering six.
In this unusual season, for the fourth time Adlington play Blackrod this weekend at home and the 2nd XI are away to Eagley this weekend.
Due to the complexities of the Bolton Cricket League rules governing rain-affected matches, the 2nd XI were thwarted in the game at home to Tonge. Amassing a total of 310-4, possibly the highest score on the ground, rain stopped play with Tonge 104-4 and well behind the required run rate.
However the game was declared abandoned.