Torrisholme struggle against Freckleton

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TORRISHOLME skipper Matt Jackson elected to bowl first on a deck which, after a week of solid rain, was green and tacky despite the best efforts of the groundstaff.

With Graham Lee he tied the visiting openers down and after 20 overs they were 33-1 and battling hard on a day which was clearly going to be a test for the batting of both teams.

The visitors battled hard, pushing the ball around for ones and two and hitting the occasional boundary.

A total of 128-9 from 45 overs looked very competitive, Torrisholme would have to bat well to claim victory over their promotion rivals.

Lee took another four wickets and Jackson 3-78. James Fiddler top scored for Freckleton.

Paul McKevitt fell early and Grahame Clarke and Alex Dow struggled to get the ball away, with all the Freckleton bowlers hitting an awkward length and gaining sometimes extravagant movement.

With the overs passing Dow fell, Karl Hansson hit a few powerful blows before he too succumbed.

When Clarke finally fell, Adam Bee and Andy Miller adopted an aggressive approach, running quick singles, but the boundaries did not come and as the wickets continued to tumble it was left to the lower order led by Dan Speight to salvage an extra batting point and deny Freckleton a final bowling point at 97 for nine from 45 overs.

All the visiting bowlers performed outstandingly.

A disappointing day but other results mean that only Freckleton gained substantially on Torrisholme.

Two wins from the last three games should see promotion, and the divisional title secured.