Howzat? League team skittled for three runs

IT IS a scorecard which makes England’s dismal display in the Ashes whitewash look positively encouraging.

Cricket fans across the globe have been left stunned after a team were bowled out for just three runs in a league match. News of the shockingly low score by Wirral CC 1st XI spread fast on Twitter and attracted comment as far away as Australia, where fans of the sport are still celebrating after they regained the Ashes in the winter.

Wirral thought they had a good chance of beating Haslington in the TACS Partnership Cheshire League Division Three match after bowling out their opponents for 108 on Saturday’.

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Wirral had won their opening match of the campaign the previous week and one of the players, Matt Garrett, 24, who is studying sports development and physical education at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “It was a bit of a pudding of a wicket but we had chased 
down a score of more than 200 
to win last week and were confident we could get close to their score.

“However, we began to crumble as the pressure built up. It was just one of those days – you don’t expect the first 10 batsmen all to get ducks. It was one of those strange things – that’s why we love the game of cricket.”

The only run was scored by the number 11 batsman, Connor Hodson, and the highest scorer was extras – there were two leg byes.

The team has its third league match of the season next week. “I think we’ll do better,” Mr Garrett said. “Well, we can’t do much worse.”