Cricket: Chester put Alderley's recent league form in check

4th June

After four victories on the spin, Alderley's recent league form was upset with defeat at Chester Boughton Hall on Saturday in the Cheshire County Premier League.

After winning the toss and batting first Alderley struggled to gain serious momentum in the first innings despite 47 from opener Sam Perry underpinning the visitors early scoring.

At 106-5 Alderley were heading for an under-par total as Jack Williams in particular turned the screw on the visitors' middle order picking up 4-48 from 13 overs of leg spin. An eye-catching 22 from number 6 Archie Vaughan helped Alderley push their score on giving the whiff of a fightback, but following Vaughan's dismissal Chester wrapped up the remaining four wickets for just 17 runs to close Alderley's innings in the 44th over with 152 on the board.

Andrew Windle struck early with the new ball in the second innings, removing Alex Money to leave the hosts on 5-1 but a 130-run partnership between Warren Goodwin (74) and Lee Dixon (54) for the second wicket all but finished the contest despite a late burst of 2-8 from Ed Foster's 5 overs making things interesting towards the end of the chase as Chester reached their target to claim a six wicket victory.

In Second XI action Jon Usher's team fared better with a 5 wicket victory over Oulton Park at Moss Lane. Having been asked to bat first the visitors responded with a century opening stand between Jimmy Guest (56) and Teix Bolingbroke who completed a century of his own in powering Oulton Park to 218-5 off their 50 overs, David Johnson claiming 2-52 and Mark Warnes 2-75 for Alderley.

The home side replied with an opening century stand of their own after the interval with Calum Wilson (64) and Liam Yahathugoda (45) starting things off in confident mood with knocks of 43 for Shabz Qasim and 38 not out from Dil Yahathugoda in the middle order seeing Alderley home in the 47th over to take the 25 points win.

With heavy rain on Sunday no play was possible in both the First XI Cheshire Cup fixture at Urmston which will be re-arranged and Third XI match against Timperley which was cancelled with both teams earning 7 points.

Match report by Andrew Windle.

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