DESPITE the nights drawing in and the autumnal feel of the schools going back, Lindow Cricket Club’s summer is still very much alive.

With all four men’s teams in the top three of their respective divisions and the Lindow Ladies top of the league, the next two weekends are sure to be thrillers.

The 1st XI won at Tattenhall after dismissing the hosts for 119. The wickets were shared amongst the Lindow bowlers, Alex Matthews (4-30), Tim Affleck (3-16), Saleem Akram (2-17) and Sultan Raja (1-20).

At 13-3 in response the home side sensed their chance, but Ian Park (16), Major Khan (33) and Alex Matthews (37) swung the game Lindow’s way before Adam Bull (15 not out) and Matt Barnes (10 not out) took Lindow to victory.

Attention now shifts to Upcast Lane on Saturday where Lindow will look for another win against Northwich.

The 2nd XI edged closer to promotion after a draw with Tattenhall. They now need 12 points from their remaining games and would seal promotion on Saturday with a favourable result away at Neston.

On Saturday Tattenhall reached 145-7 with Mark Farrell (3-30) the pick of the Lindow bowlers. Despite a solid start from openers Henry James (34) and Charlie Hodge (22), Lindow fell 23 runs short and had to settle for a draw.

The 3rd XI received maximum points last weekend and sit third in their division. They are looking for good results in the next two weekends to push for the runners-up spot.

The 4th XI beat Macclesfield on Sunday after chasing down 145. Tom Orr (3-51) and Simon Rowland (2-40) led the way for Lindow with the ball and Henry James (35), Pete Venables (23), Charlie Hodge (33 not out) and James Bracewell (22) all chipped in with runs to seal victory. The win means promotion is still in Lindow’s hands and they now need to beat Woodley at Upcast Lane this Sunday.

Also this Sunday, at Lindow’s Wilmslow Phoenix ground, the Lindow Ladies have a top of the table showdown against Chester Boughton Hall. Having won five of their six matches in their debut season, the Ladies would round off a magnificent season, and likely the league title, with a win.

It has already been a fantastic season for Lindow’s senior teams, but positive results over the next two weekends would make it their best ever.