By Dan Riley
Superb win for the 2s at home with Wiggy leading the way for Griff to take centre stage in knocking off the runs.
Finally a sunny day and a home game, the days we love the most.
Keggy had once again prepared a belting pitch which promised bounce for the pacier bowlers encouraging Dan to bowl. No Brayno or Joe Killoran with Spavo and Griff back in to bolster the batting ranks.
Nantwich are a good side with batters in form and they were perched at the top of the table pre-game but they haven't always batted well when having first go at Chester. Anything below 200 was the aim but Wiggy ripped that up in one of the best opening spells in the 2s for a while.
It was evident from the off that he was on his game as he got the ball talking as it whizzed through to Reg. But it was Kam who got the first one with Spavo taking the easiest of catches.
No beamers for Kam this time but he happily settled into the orchestra on second fiddle as Wiggy began to take over. His first wicket came courtesy of a quite ridiculous diving catch from Jack McGovern at 2nd slip which he made look easy, despite his half-mast whites: captain Jake Pearson gone.
Within no time Nantwich were 25 for 5. Wiggy having taken 3. He may listen to some quirky music in the changing rooms which leaves Fish shaking his head but if he bowls like this...!
Marsh and Dimelow can be dangerous but their stumps were rearranged as Wiggy was set on making the scorecard look like a phone number. Ben Wright was looking solid as he watched the procession, a procession which took a while as it was a long way to the middle!
Wiggy continued to cause problems bot least to Reg Wyatt. Keeping is a fickle business which has no regard for form or fingers. A relatively innocuous ball from Wiggy smash into Reg's forefinger, obvious dislocation and off to hospital just as Sharon had set up camp for the day.
Boothy and Max Godley deputised superbly as their 4th team mates were smacking the Knustsford bowling all over the place. Griff took over the gloves - not his first rodeo - and looked as natural as he ever has done and very stylish in his white, wide-brimmed hat.
So as Wiggy searched for that elusive 5th, Kam gave way to Fishy, a chance went down and then the stumps were found again. 5 for 35, 4 of which were bowled in a searching display from Wiggy on his birthday eve (apparently that's a thing). Fishy 2 and Dan 1 finished things off with Nantwich dismantled for 89. Only Ben Wright stood firm carrying his bat for 28 not out inn 33 overs. Kam's spell of 2 for 24 from 8 proved the benefit of keeping things tight at the top. All round superb display in the field but runs to chase.
With no Reg, Luke (12) opened with Griff. Luke fresh from an MCC 100 on Friday and Griff looking to cash in on his return to the top of the order. It was never really in doubt thanks to a fine 59 from Griff including another big 6. He played an excellent innings to calm the nerves and seal the points in doing exactly what was asked and taking responsibility. You don't score over 4000 second Xl runs at an average of 43 without being very good and Griff still is. He and Modge put on over 50 as Griff drove superbly and they ran well. Annoyingly Griff fell LBW with the scores level which gave Nantwich a point but Spavo hit the winning runs and sealed the game in time for the cup final. A very good Saturday.
Big thanks to Boothy and Max for helping us out in the field. Reg's finger, sadly, not in a good way with snapped cartilage and a dislocation. Hospital for an operation on Tuesday which took the gloss off things a little but it does give others a go at man of the match awards! We all wish him as speedy recovery.
MotM - Alex 'Wiggy' Townend - a superb display with the new ball.
DotD - Jack McGovern - no whites.