After the 1sts excellent start against Unsworth in week 1, could the boys continue the momentum in what looked to be another tricky trip, this time to Bury? The hosts got off to a good start and reached 84-3 before the Totts boys kicked into top gear. Matt Smalley continued his excellent form and blew the middle and lower order away, finishing with an impressive 6-22 from his 10 overs and leaving Bury tottering at a very gettable 106 all out.

Totts got off to a bad start though, with openers Watts and Richards dismissed very quickly, and a tumble of wickets continued leaving us at 14-5. Nick Marsh and Rick Carr started to repair the damage before Rick chipped a ball to midwicket. The remaining order couldn't get on top of the chase, with all the Bury bowlers getting among the wickets as Totts were dismissed for 54 with only Nick making double figures.

Hopefully a return to home soil next weekend will see better fortune.

Back at the Meadows Totts 2s ran up a creditable total of 162-8 in their 40 overs against the visiting Bury side. Mick Proops anchored the first half of the innings before being dismissed for a valuable 40. The returning Nick Fletcher and vice captain Kenny put on useful runs, but as with last week this was a case of too many players getting themselves out when set - still 163 was a decent target to set.

The Bury reply started briskly, but Matty Bradshaw was soon in the action, taking two wickets and running out a third as the visitors were reduced to 45-3. Akram and Khan dug in and put on a useful partnership which took Bury within sight of victory. A brief flurry of wickets made things interesting but ultimately the visitors ran out winners with several overs to spare and seven wickets down.

Sunday's 3rd team game was notable for a superb all-round performance from Sam Collins, who is having quite the season to date. Brooksbottom 3rds visited the Meadows and got off to a rapid start, with Richardson in particular putting the Totts bowlers to the sword. However the introduction of Sam Collins, bowling in tandem with dad Bret, turned things round - from a very solid 115-2 the visitors were ultimately dismissed for 153, with Sam taking 5-24 and Bret weighing in with three.

The Totts reply began cautiously, and wickets fell at regular intervals. However that man Sam was again the star, launching a counterattack and ending up with 48 from just 42 balls. Unfortunately he was dismissed with twenty required and the tail was unable to follow up his good work, the Totts boys ending 17 short of victory.

Thanks to Brian Maher for these terrific pics from Sunday's game

As always, a solid effort from all our players, and many thanks for all those who helped out on both match days and to all the spectators and visitors who came to support the games across the weekend.

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