Brilliant Bee bats Torrisholme to victory

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A grey, cold and windy Boundary Meadow welcomed Withnell Fold, who were promptly asked to bat by Torrisholme’s Grahame Clarke.

His opening bowlers John Gates and Dan Speight failed to take full advantage of the new ball and Fold progressed steadily despite the loss of a couple of wickets, mainly thanks to a very composed 62 from Richard Bentham.

The introduction of Jack Heap (4-28) slowed their progress and both James Cookson and Adam Bee bowled well without making a breakthrough.

A long rain delay caused the Fold innings to be shortened to 37 overs and they had accumulated 136-7 when the innings closed.

With wet weather threatening, indeed this was the only game completed in the Palace Shield on the day, Torrisholme were looking to get on with it and how they did.

Adam Bee (55) mixed sharp singles with mighty sixes and his partnership with James Cookson had raised 86 in only 14 overs for the first wicket when he was run out by a direct hit.

Cookson also played beautifully for 31 but a slight wobble saw Grahame and Dan Clarke fall, then another rain delay threatened to kill the game off so when a restart was possible Sean McGuigan (14 no) and Ritchie Kingham (18 no) made haste to the victory target at 138-4 in only 26 overs.

Another fine victory mainly constructed by younger players leaves Torrisholme top of the league with a visit to chasing Norcross next week.

It has to be said that the game would not have been completed without the fine work of groundsman Eddy Bayton whose care of the wicket in the week and on the day meant that, despite the weather, the game progressed on a lovely batting deck.