AFTER another week of miserable weather Torrisholme welcomed Croston to Boundary Meadow.
High winds had lifted the covers and as a result the deck was damp in places.
Credit goes to Eddy Bayton and the Torrisholme ground team as the deck was dried and prepared and play started on time.
An important toss to win, and when Croston skipper S Caunce called incorrectly Matt Jackson had no hesitation in asking Croston to bat.
Jackson opened the bowling with Jordan (0-15) and the pair bowled tight lines and lengths and 13 overs passed, taking the score to 19-0.
Jackson’s seventh over started what was to be a fantastic day for the Torrisholme man, seeing him achieve career best figures of 9-31, including four wickets in four balls.
Jackson first wicket of this over and the day was opener Rand (5), bowled by a full straight one.
He then cleaned up Marsh Jnr (0) removing his off peg with one that came back.
Jackson’s hat-trick was completed when he had Stephenson (0) caught well by Hansson, who was standing in for Acton behind the stumps.
The score still 19 runs but now for three wickets.
Jordan continued to go for only one run per over, then Jackson’s fourth wicket came with the first ball of the next over Ramsey (0), again bowled.
Torrisholme really had the stranglehold on the Croston batsmen.
Marsh Snr (26) was the only Croston man to offer much resistance but he soon became Jacksons fifth wicket of the day, another swinging yorker. A smart bit of fielding by Miller saw S Caunce (0) run out with Hansson taking the bails off.
P Caunce (22no) led a late rally but Hodge (2) was trapped lbw and Driver (0) bowled saw Jackson nearly get another hat-trick in the same game.
The straight bat of T Caunce (0) prevented the second hat-trick and the youngster played Lee (0-9) well before finally falling again to Jackson who made a mess of his off stump.
Croston all out for 60 a great effort by Jackson and the Torrisholme men.
The Torrisholme reply started with Miller and Butler (0), the latter fell to a good quick delivery from P Caunce (2-8) in the second over. Hansson (6) joined Miller and Miller set about the task of punishing the bad ball.
Miller was looking good but when Hansson tried one big shot too many he was clean bowled again by P Caunce, the score on 19-2. Mckevitt (8) joined Miller and, like Hansson, was really a bystander as Miller dispatched the ball to all parts, looking like we was going to get the 61 runs needed himself.
Small totals can sometimes be hard to chase down but Miller was composed and even when Mckevitt was bowled by Trafford (1-17) by one that didn’t get up Miller rallied and with Speight (1no) finished the job in the 18th over Miller not out 48.
Another 12 points and an impressive all round performance by an improving Torrisholme side, capped by a special day for skipper Jackson.
There was no Torrisholme 2nd game this week.
Torrisholme, now third in Division One, travel to Fylde next week with high expectations after a good start to the season.
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