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Stand end jinx at Denton West
2:00pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 in Sport
STAND recorded a Lancashire County League victory at Windsor Park, Denton West on Saturday ending their hoodoo.
It had been the only ground they had not won at since rejoining the league and thanks to a Pete Walters-inspired performance, they ran out winners by five wickets.
Batting first, the home side reached 69-3 by the 18th over, with contributions from O’Brien 33 and Barnett 26.
With 21 overs remaining they had moved on to 129-3 courtesy of some big hitting from Mike Berry.
At this point, Walters was introduced to the attack and the change reaped instant reward as Berry departed for 46.
Walters then ripped through the West middle order picking up a further five wickets.
John McAllister added a cameo 23, but an excellent fightback from Stand saw West close on a below par 180-9, with Walters picking up 6-26 from his 11 overs.
Stand’s reply got off to a shaky start losing Brett Ernst, Chris Holt and Matt Curphey with the score on just 15.
However, the experienced Stuart Catterall played an anchor role in the recovery, leaving it to Walters to be the aggressor as the pair added a match-winning partnership of 105, to see Stand to 120-4, with Catterall out for 33.
Walters brought up his half century in 42 balls, before departing for a highly entertaining 85 (a knock which included four fours and seven sixes), to leave Stand on the brink of victory at 165-5.
Scott Butterworth (24 not out) added the finishing touches to a fine display as the visitors reached their target with seven overs and five wickets to spare.
Sunday’s home game against Denton was a 32-over a side match.
By the halfway stage, Stand had reached 68-2 thanks to a run-a-ball 35 from Holt (including four sixes) and 13 from Ernst.
But, despite 33 from Curphey and 19 from Walters, the home side continued to lose wickets and their momentum in the second half of the innings stalled, as they posted 127-7.
For the visitors, Andrew Neill bowled throughout for 6-62.
Scott Butterworth made an immediate breakthrough removing Wharton for none, but thanks to Scott Allen (52) Denton were always ahead.
Allen fell with the score on 93-4 thanks to a well-judged Walters catch on the boundary.
Tighe (17no) and Leech (16no) saw their side home with three overs to spare and six wickets in hand.