Cricket: Bowlers put Alderley in charge


A superb combined effort by Alderley Edge's four-pronged seam bowling attack on Saturday saw visitors Neston dismissed for just 156.

In terms of wickets, Simon O'Brien was again the leader of the pack with 4-54, but he received fine support from Chris Cook (who also performed a spectacular run out), Tom Foreman and Andrew Windle, whose 2-24 from 11 overs totally strangled the second half of Neston's innings.

Calum Rowe, fresh from scoring an undefeated 150 for Cheshire, notched up 62 in reply, and with good support particularly from Alan Day and Charlie Reid, Alderley were able to register a reasonably straightforward 5-wicket victory and move up into 4th place in the table.

On a good day for the club, the 2nd XI put a long winless run behind them and achieved an excellent victory away at Neston by 2 wickets, knocking off a challenging total of 218 with nearly 2 overs to spare.

Juniors Sam Perry and James Scott took 7 of the 8 Neston wickets to fall. Prodigious 15-year-old Scott, already with two senior centuries to his name this season, then played another brilliant innings of 96 not out, to see the team home, with other important contributions coming from Marc Chan, Edward Fluck and Dan Fesmer.

The 3rd XI's seemingly relentless march to the title ran into the remnants of Hurricane Bertha on Sunday, but with all matches wiped out, they stay a very healthy 50 points clear with only 3 matches to play.

Match report by Rick Davis.

Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Cricket