Marsden hit defining point of the season

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With just two league games to go in the 2015 season, Marsden’s season reaches its defining point.

They entertain second placed Burnopfield knowing that only a victory will see them leapfrog their opponents into the second promotion spot.

After a disappointing draw with Evenwood, Marsden made up some ground on Burnopfield on Bank Holiday Monday when they took 14 points from a winning draw with Murton.

Skipper Chris Mann was imperious as he reached 82 not out, and there was a welcome half century from professional Isaac Conway and a typically belligerent 42 not out from James Sneller as Marsden raced to 180-1 before declaring.

Steven Nielsen (3-13) and Paul Snaith (2-18) quickly had Murton five wickets down, but stubborn resistance combined with rain delays prevented Marsden from securing the victory.

Marsden are at full strength for the crucial fixture (1pm start) with Paul Hobson and Mark Symington pushing for a recall.

However, Adam Sneller may retain his place after impressing last weekend.

The first XI have also made it through to the league F15 finals day on the Sunday which will be contested at Dawdon.

Marsden are very much the tournament underdogs and will play first division Dawdon in the first of the day’s semi-finals and starting at 11am.

The second semi-final sees first division champions Esh Winning take on Durham City.

The second XI have stuttered somewhat since capturing the League Cup, but can also choose from a full strength squad for the trip to Burnopfield.