Wilmslow CC 105 for 4 beat Woodford CC 104ao.
A much needed win for the Squirrels, encouragingly, over a team lying 4th in the table. The Squirrels form in previous weeks had been woeful, and Woodford having won the toss, needed no encouragement to bat on yet another glorious day.
The pitch was quick, the outfield quicker, there was some irregular bounce but it promised a high scoring afternoon. To bowl anyone out for just 104 in these conditions was a great effort. Aussie Tim Opie was 'back home' with 3 wickets, Jake Woodhouse got 2, but the star was 'Jags' Narayanan with 5. The catches were taken, and but for a late order rally it could have been better still.
Dismissed for just 75 last week, this was not a forgone conclusion and when Jags went cheaply, the nerves were jangling. Elliot Rowe (25) and Ethan Harding (26) steadied the ship but got out before the job was done. It was Toby Rowe (26no) who got the Squirrels home.
It was far more entertaining at Macclesfield where the 2nd XI got a great win vs Macclesfield 3rd XI. Batting first, it was the middle order of Oli Warner (36) and Dom Rowe (24no) who took Wilmslow past 100 and to a respectable 152 for 8. From that point on, Wilmslow had the upper hand, but the dangerous Flint (45) was hard to budge. Wilmslow used 7 bowlers, who all bowled well, Max Davidson took an important wicket at the death, but it was Mohd Faisal 5 for 32 who was the pick and Macclesfield eventually fell 16 runs short.
Next week sees the 1st XI at league leaders Oakmere and the 2nd Xi at home vs a Didsbury XI.
Match report by Mike Harding.