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Cheshire Cricket Alliance round up
11:15am Tuesday 13th May 2014 in Sport
HIGH-flying Stretton first team were frustrated by the weather.
Having won the toss and put Wistaston into bat, tight bowling restricted the home team to 25 for 2 off the first 25 overs.
Four dropped catches allowed Wistaston to limp up to 109 before finally being bowled out in the 45th over.
The wickets were shared around with Asim Raja getting three and two each for Ali Zubairi and Junaid Mir.
With rainclouds gathering Stretton set off with far more urgency than Wistaston had and were 42 for 0 in six overs when the rain came.
Even though the sun came out the umpires declared the outfield was too wet to continue and hence despite being in a very strong position Stretton had to settle for a draw.
The Seconds were at home to Appleton and batting first got off to a bad start being 8 for 2, before a 97-run partnership between Richard Taylor, 57, and Mark Owens, 30, repaired the damage.
Stretton's youngest player Josh Hayes then batted brilliantly towards the end holding the innings together and ending 18 not out.
Stretton’s total of 150 for 7 was a competitive total given the conditions, however heavy showers meant that Appleton were not able to start their reply.
WITH the first XI game against Saughall falling victim to the weather, Glazebury second team travelled up the M56 to face Westminster Park in Division Four of the Cheshire Cricket Alliance.
After another dominant performance by their bowlers, the Warrington side secured their first away win of the season.
After the hosts had beaten early season pace-setters Maritime a week earlier, Glazebury were fully aware of the size of their task but the bowlers warmed to the challenge from a very early stage.
With only a single on the board Chris Ayre bagged the first wicket courtesy of a catch by Bruce Jardine and after what turned out to be the best partnership of the innings he doubled his tally to leave Park 32 for 2, before Sean Caine stepped in to remove the dangerous Chinnasamy for 24.
A run-out by Hakeem Dahou reduced the batting side to 40 for 4 and the visitors were in no mood to let the Chester side off the hook from there.
Ayre continued to bowl with pace and economy as he took 3 for 13, while Caine took the bulk of the honours as he claimed 4 for 23.
Dave Nicholson then came on to tidy up the last two wickets and Westminster Park were all out for just 64 in 22.4 overs.
The target ought to have been a straightforward one and despite a wobble at the start of the innings leaving them 7 for 2, Glazebury never looked in any serious danger of failing to pick up the 20 points.
Opener Gary Dunlop remained unbeaten on 12, but captain Ian Black accelerated the finish to the match as he bludgeoned an unbeaten 38 off 38 balls to see his side home in 15.4 overs.
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