Wilmslow CC 123 ao lost to Chelford 189ao
Whilst there were some encouraging individual performances, this was not a good weekend for Squirrels.
The firsts went to Chelford on a 3 game losing streak, and whilst being in a commanding position on a couple of occasions, extended it. The home side were at one point 120 for 7 with Jake Woodhouse 4-41 doing the damage. Enter Rehman at 10 who hit 39, and the Peover Lane outfit finished on a challenging 198.
In response, Wilmslow were 102 for 2 and looking good, Ethan Harding 43 and Elliot Rowe 47. Unfortunately that was the highlight and they were all out 66 runs short, as the lower order collapsed.
The seconds, as most teams probably, took a bit of a holiday/exams hit and their fringe players couldn't match visitors Bredbury St Marks who won by 71 runs.The difference undoubtedly showed in the standard of the fielding and the visitors having more depth in their batting. Rishi Bhanderi, Parmesh Gajjar and Imran Ashraf 3 for 49 were outstanding with the ball, and veteran Mike Harding had 2 for 17 as the visitors closed on 189 for 7. There were promising starts from Bhanderi and skipper Tim Conniff, but St Marks held their catches and were comfortable winners.
Sunday saw the thirds in the field for near on 3 hours watching Cheadle Hulme amass a massive and totally unnecessary 299 runs using all their 40 overs. Mike Harding took a creditable 6 for 45, but impressive 'senior cits' Brown 43 and Battye 67 were enjoying their first visit to the Rectory. More enjoyment was then had by Sheik at 10 with a rapid 75no. Bedraggled perhaps, but determined not to be beaten there were lengthy stays at the crease for Harding and Rob Taylor with 31 and best of all a resolute 22no from Joe Lindon. A well earned draw in the Squirrels book, albeit 130 runs short of the target.
Match report by Mike Harding.