Audlem's rise from mid-table obscurity in the Stone league Section B (South Division) continued apace with wins on consecutive Sundays recently
The tense ending to the game was not reflected by the margin of the victory winning by 85 runs ) as the last pair of the home team's batsmen were determined to hang on for a draw. With only 3.2 overs remaining the cunning Neil Humphries gave his fourth ball some extra flight to totally deceive the no. 8 batsmen who had just reached a well earned 50 and clean bowl him which left Longton all out for 155.
Audlem had earlier piled on the runs after being inserted on a good looking batting track and fast outfield. Atiq was the chief contributor with a magnificent unbeaten 106 and well supported by Andy Rothwell (32) Paul Thorburn (34) and Jamie Roberts who perished off the last ball of the innings for 47 attempting to reach the boundary to gain his maiden half century.
Audlem closed on a formidable 240 for 4 off their 40 overs and enjoyed the tea break a little more the their hosts. The Farnell brothers were soon causing mayhem in the early order Longton batting line up with some clever and occasionally hostile seam bowling. With the first 6 batsmen back in the pavilion before 50 runs were on the scoreboard their could only be one winner but the lower order put up a determined fight to hold off the victory celebrations until the dramatic finale.
Reg finished with 23/2 and Ron 18/3. The other wicket takers were Charlie Hine 17/1 Simon Swift 27/2 Jamie Roberts 26/1 and Neil Humphries 30/1
Audlem entertained Bagnall from the Staffordshire Moorlands at The Gorse Croft and ran out convincing winners on the day.
Setting an imposing total of 269 for 7 declared and dismissing the opposition for 109 to win by the huge margin of 160 runs.
The batting highlights were Chris Shenton 77, Qhama Matthews 66, Ronnie Farnell 61 and Paul Thorburn 18.
The successful bowlers were Simon Swift (2 for 35), Jamie Roberts (2 for 22) and Reggie Farnell (4 for 13).
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