BIG DAY FOR ELLIOT SIMCOCK

Ten-year-old Elliot has picked up the pace of his cricket journey with a first half- century at Cheadle for the U-13s on Sunday. All Elliot's coaches and observers will see this as just desserts for the young wicket-keeper's precocious commitment and enthusiasm that belies his years. Watch out Andrew Sibley, someone is eyeing up your place at the top of the order and behind the stumps.

 

ALL CHANGE AT CREWE

The stumbling block that upset the Firsts promotion momentum last year was successfully removed at the Valiant's ground on Saturday.The struggle against Crewe's spinners on their home turf, as tense and as difficult as ever, defeated many of Endon's batsmen. Alex Bailey's 66 contribution to a meagre 150 total was arguably as important as his double century last week.

Crewe's batsmen buoyed by England's World Cup victory over Sweden, took to the field with confident swaggers but great economy work from Jack Bourne, a 4 for 39 form Marlon Martin and a 3 for 18 from Jason Morrison gradually ground down the Crewe effort. Of course the omens were with Endon on seeing a certain lady successfully avoiding an air-~Bourne afternoon of para-parasoling across the Cheshire Plain.

SECONDS STALL DESPITE STANWAY SMASH

A very bad day for the Seconds at Post lane with bat and ball ironically witnessed the side's best batting performance of the season as Jordan Stanway smashed ninety runs in just sevety-four balls. The visitors, Leigh, with supposedly a makeshift side, bowled out every other Endon batsman for less than ten runs.

Even so, the 130+ total should have given the home side's bowlers a reasonable chance to retrieve the situation, especially given previous performances. Sadly the wicket-takers were in short supply and Leigh returned home to celebrate England's passage into the World Cup semi-finals as well as their own , more surprising, win.

Nearly Tracey Poppins on Saturday

ELLIE SPOONER'S BIG BOWLING DAY

County junior, Eleanor Spooner, sailed to the top of the U-13 bowling stats with an amazing 4 for Nought at Cheadle on Sunday morning. Ellie showed the homeside's tailenders no mercy as she swung those dynamic pigtails into full revolution.

Her performance gets her on to the club's record board for the first time and we all hope to see more of the same as her cricket career flourishes. Ellie has now taken ten wickets for the U-13s, giving her 17 in total for the season so far.

Ellie and county teammate, Sophie Jones, are leading the latest wave of high-flying junior girls at Endon and we wish them every success. If they all stay together we should have a formidable female squad in future years.

 

 

SATURDAY, 14th July

Firsts vs KIDSGOVE

Seconds at MODDERSHALL 6

SUNDAY, 8th July

Thirds vs MODDERSHALL ASIA

 

 

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