After beginning their curtailed league season last weekend with a 36 run win over Toft, Alderley Edge's First XI fell to a 6 wicket loss in their second game of the season on Saturday. Timperley skipper Brooke Guest won the toss and decided to bowl first on a muggy day at their Stockport Road ground and with the visitors finding it hard work to score runs on a slow, low surface Alderley's top order slipped to 61-4. 53 from Ed Fluck helped Alderley pass the 100 mark and a partnership of 61 from Richard Wilkinson (41 not out) and Tom Foreman (30 not out) saw the visitors post 161-5 from their 40 overs as they finished the innings with some momentum.
An opening stand of 104 between Guest and Cheshire's Furqan Shafiq gave the hosts the initiative in the second innings as Charlie Reid shuffled his bowlers in the search for wickets. A tight spell from Ed Foster (1-19) accounted for Guest who departed for 25 and a burst of 3 wickets from Chris Sanders, including Shafiq for a superb 77, gave Alderley a sniff towards the end of the game but a cool-headed 22 not out from Abhishek Kulkarni took Timperley to their target with 4 overs to spare.
Alderley's Second XI fared better in claiming an 8 wicket victory at Moss Lane over Marple with the visitors dismissed for just 80 after deciding to bat first. Three wickets for opener Dan Fesmer sent Alderley on their way with a spell of 3-13 from 3.2 overs from Ben Chapman capping off a fine all round bowling performance from the hosts with Matthew Barrow's 20 from 21 balls the only score of significance from Marple's line-up. A quickfire 36 off 32 balls from opening batsman Will Valentine put the home side firmly in charge in the second innings with 26 not out from Archie Vaughan wrapping things up for Alderley in just the 13th over.
On Sunday, Alderley's Third XI registered a fine 78 run win over Sale at Moss Lane. Winning the toss and electing to bat, skipper Will Valentine hit 52 in an opening stand of 110 with Archie Vaughan who top scored with 67. A quick-fire 51 off 35 deliveries from Ashray Bhamidipati capped a good batting display with Alderley reaching 228-2 from their 40 overs. In reply, Sale's opening pair added 61 to put the visitors in the hunt in the second innings, but a spell of 4-23 from Callum Wilson ensured the home side registered a comfortable win dismissing Sale for 150 in the final over of the game.
Math report by Andrew Windle