AN unbeaten innings of 113 from Alan Brady was not enough to secure victory in Rylands’ first home game of the season.
After losing the toss, Audlem were asked to bat, and at the end of their 45 overs were 193 for 7 – Brady 3 for 35 and debutant Andy Calvert 3 for 52 doing the damage with the ball.
The run chase got off to a poor start with wickets falling cheaply and Rylands were 27 for 5 when Brady joined Eddie Platt at the crease.
They shared a 119-run partnership for the sixth wicket and when Platt was dismissed for 45 Rylands required just 48 runs for victory.
Brady's fluent innings continued as he flayed the Audlem bowlers to all parts of the ground with a number of well timed fours and sixes, but in the end he ran out of partners and was left stranded on 113 as the last Rylands batsman departed with 184 on the board – 10 short of the required target.
Rylands’ second team suffered a heavy defeat away at Audlem. Asking the home side to bat Rylands made progress with the ball restricting them to 94 for 4 at the half way stage.
This slipped as the innings progressed, however, and Audlem declared at 219 for 7, setting the visitors a target of 220 for victory.
The run chase started well with a partnership of 51 for the first wicket, but a flurry of dismissals saw Rylands bundled out for 68 and leaving Audlem with only three points in the bag.
The weekend ended with a further defeat for the club, this time in the cup at home to Wilmslow.
Batting first the hosts made progress with the bat and were 80 for 2 with 22 overs remaining. Two quick wickets in the 19th over however triggered a mini collapse and the inning finished with the home side bowled out for 108.
Defending that total was going well as early pressure saw the away side struggle for runs, but the target was never big enough as Wilmslow eclipsed it with 11 overs to spare to win by seven wickets and progress to the next round at Rylands’ expense.