Wilmslow CC 102 for 2 beat Stretton CC 98ao
The Rectory Field, which was an unauthorized camp site Thursday, was an absolute picture for the visit of Stretton on Saturday. A big thanks to Cheshire Police, Cheshire East Council, the Leisure Centre staff, club members and some local volunteers. Getting it playable was no small task, and neither was the prospect of facing high flying Stretton, after two poor results for the Squirrels in recent weeks.
The visitors won the toss, and decided to bat. Skipper for the day, Toby Rowe handed the new ball to 'Jags' Narayanan and he delivered, as he so often does. An early finish was on the cards at 10 for 3, with Jags (6 for24) on a hat trick, but Stretton dug in. The arrival of Lloyd Sykes (3 for 10) put paid to that, and the day's very welcome and legitimate visitors were evicted for 98. Tea was delayed, so the Squirrels took the field with bat in hand. Dan Braddock led the way, soaking up some early pressure. He perished going for a six on 44 to win the game. At the other end, Chris Costa was less circumspect, with a rapid 33no to secure that very valuable win.
The 2nd XI went to Stretton and lost in a high scoring game, but picked up valuable points. Batting first, Simon Oakley (65) was the 'rock', but the highlight was a 87no from Vishnu, and a declaration of 200 for 5. Every now and again you just have to applaud good batting. Wilmslow have a number of good bowling options, but only Tom Rowe 2 for 26 could make any headway and the Squirrels second string were beaten in 35 overs by 7 wkts.
The weather intervened on Sunday, but the 3rd XI need some players. This is a development squad, with a sprinkling of older heads. Dads with their lads (over 14's) would be very welcome. Contact Mike on 07969291412 for further information; we have nets at the Wilmslow Leisure centre on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Match report by Mike Harding.