Cricket: Rowe guides Alderley to victory


Alderley Edge 1st XI made it three wins out of four by completing the seasonal double over Marple with a hard-fought victory on Saturday.

Captain Alan Day won the toss and put Marple in on a pitch which gave significant assistance to the seam bowlers throughout the match. Despite a good half century from ex-Alderley batsman James Crisall, Marple were dismissed for 135 in 48 overs.

The wickets were shared around with opening bowler Jason Whittaker and spinner Mark Warnes (who had earlier been presented with the Player of the Month for June by League Chairman David Humpage for his 9-wicket haul against the same opposition) each taking three.

The key moment was, however, possibly the brilliant run out of former England international James Ormond by Chris Cook with a direct hit from cover. With Marple's opening bowler Andy Wylie bowling brilliantly, this seemingly small total was never going to be an easy proposition, but a well-crafted 69 from Calum Rowe with good support from Jon Steele (28) saw Alderley home to a 4 wicket victory, their 8th league win of a very decent season.

With the 2nd XI also notching 25 points against Urmston and keeping their title hopes still flickering, it was an excellent day for the club. Urmston were bowled out for 140 with 15-year-old Katie Haszeldine returning the outstanding figures of 5 for 19 from 7 overs. Alderley recovered from 5 for 3 to pass Urmston's total for the loss of 6 wickets, with important contributions from Dave Leonard, Jon Usher and Ben Heades.

Match report by Richard Davis.

Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Cricket