Alderley Edge First XI scored another win in the Cheshire County Premier League at Moss Lane on Saturday against a determined Oxton side who were asked to bat first in the hot and sunny conditions after home captain Sam Perry had won the toss.
Alderley controlled the early part of the game with their attack reducing the Wirral side to 30-3 before Leicestershire batsman Lewis Hill and Jordan Collier added a stand of 104 for the fourth wicket before Collier was bowled by James Naylor. Alderley rallied off the back of the breakthrough with another two quick wickets, crucially including Hill for 72, to leave Oxton on 137-6.
A battling 37 from number 8 Jonny Crick helped to take the visitors past 200 before a closing burst of three wickets for Dan Fesmer finished the innings off on 220 all out. Andrew Windle bowled a tight 17 overs for 12 runs (including 9 maidens) picking up 3 wickets in the process with James Naylor taking 4-69 for the hosts.
Ben Kohler-Cadmore celebrated his call up to the Cheshire 50-over team with another rapid-fire half century as his 59 from 41 balls (containing five 6's) set up Alderley's chase, and as his opening partner Perry moved to his own half century, Alderley were cruising at 150-1.
The quick dismissals of Perry and Tom Foreman gave Oxton a route back into the game and when number 3 Subhaan Mahmood fell for 52 Oxton's spinners began to apply the pressure at 172-4. But 14-year old Liam Yahathugoda was equal to the task hitting a well measured 37 not out from 55 balls to complete a four wicket win for the home side, Alistair Crick collecting 3-53 for Oxton who collected 10 points from a battling display.
On Sunday Alderley bowed out of the National Knockout competition away at Porthill Park in Staffordshire with the side hampered by availability over the bank holiday weekend.
Those that were selected made a good fist of the bowling effort after winning the toss and making first use of a sporting surface to dismiss the hosts for 154 with James Naylor taking 3-27 and Liam Yahathugoda 3-42, Porthill's skipper Ben Cotton contributing by far the biggest score of the day with an unbeaten 72. In reply Alderley struggled from the off and a string of single-figure scores resulted in them being bowled out for 62, Jack Kesteven taking 3-6 and Jacob Degg 3-62 for the hosts.
On Thursday evening Alderley's T20 side made a strong start to the defence of their Cheshire T20 crown with an 8-wicket win away at Cheadle Hulme. Winning the toss and bowling first Alderley dismissed the hosts for a round 100, Dan Fesmer leading the way with 4-22 and Jimmy Naylor claiming 3-15. Alderley's batsmen made short work of the chase, reaching their target off 10.2 overs thanks to 62 not out off 30 balls from Ben Kohler-Cadmore.
On Saturday Alderley's Second XI fell to a 54-run defeat at Marple after the home side won the toss and racked up 234-2 from their 50 overs, opener Matthew Barrow carrying his bat for an unbeaten 88 to lead the way for the hosts. Youngster Alfie Usher top-scored for Alderley with 44 from number 8 and Tom Briggs struck 40 for the visitors but a lack of significant partnerships through the innings left Alderley adrift of their target when bowled out in the 47th over to collect 3 points from the contest.
On Sunday Alderley's Third XI lost by 78 runs, failing to chase the 196 set by Romiley after they won the toss and batted first, Charlie Boddy taking 3-23 as the pick of the Alderley attack. For Alderley only number 3 Dan Woolf could muster a score of note striking 51 in a score of 116 as the visitors' innings was closed out in the 28th over of the reply.
Match report by Andrew Windle.