Radcliffe captain Chris Berry's message to Rudi

Radcliffe captain Chris Berry

Radcliffe captain Chris Berry

First published in Sport Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , deputy head of sport

RADCLIFFE Cricket Club captain Chris Berry hopes it will be Seconds out and round three to his side against Milnrow on Saturday.

The Homer Street outfit travel to fourth-placed Milnrow knowing any chance of victory depends on dismissing the prolific Rudi Second cheaply.

The Milnrow professional made two big scores in the previous meetings between the two sides this season, finishing unbeaten on 75 in April.

Berry knows his wicket could be key to the outcome on Saturday as they look to make it third-time lucky.

Berry said: “We owe Milnrow one. We have scored 200-plus twice against them but their pro has batted brilliantly.

“There is not much you can do when a player is in such good form.

“He made it look easy and we know we have to get him out early.

“The fact is apart from the pro and the overseas amateur (Jakson Knight) they’re no better than us.”

Radcliffe lost to neighbours Unsworth in the Central Lancashire League Championship last weekend with Berry citing a poor wicket as a factor as well as the absence of regulars due to holidays and injury.

But he is hopeful they can bounce back at Milnrow and then on Sunday against bottom-placed Oldham.

He added: “We had a young side due to holidays and we fielded three 14-year-olds but they did not let us down.

“We have to see who is back, but we know that the second game at Oldham is must-win.”

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