With the 1st XI suffering the frustration of having their match against Macclesfield washed out in this pathetic excuse for a summer, when in a strong position at 170-5 from 40 overs (Alan Day 69, Richard Wilkinson 60), the spotlight fell on the 2nd XI in their struggle for Premier League survival.
Happily they enjoyed one of their best days of the season, rattling up 261-5 against Macclesfield, with stand-in skipper Adam Wildig smashing an unbeaten 113 (his second century in 3 weeks) with good support from juniors Ed Fluck, James Scott and Ollie Pooler.
The bowlers then did what was necessary, Harry Bateman returning the best figures of 3-33 as Macclesfield were bowled out for 198.
The 3rd XI strengthened their grip on the Division 1 Central league with a 5-wicket victory at Haslington's delightful ground. Set a challenging score of 168, in which Amay Bhamidipati took 4 wickets and Henry Scanlon 3, a superb innings of 79 not out from debutant Paul Heaton, who carried his bat through the innings, with good support from both Bhamidipati brothers, saw Alderley home to z crucial 25 points.
Match report by Rick Davis.