A new look and youthful feel to the second team for 2018. Experienced players mixed with young talent. A great day for it and considering how wet the weather has been, it was marvellous just to be playing. Dan Riley won the toss and asked Didsbury to bat - they would have done exactly the same. Their 13 year old opener whipped Sam's first ball off his legs and set the tone immediately. Matt Brayne from the other end has shown much promise over the winter and bowled well in patches but both openers were able to capitalise on the regularly presented loose deliveries and the score raced along forcing the skippers hand. Charlie fleet struck with his third ball and Dan removed the youngster caught and bowled for an excellent maiden half century. The slow bowlers put the brakes well and truly on and as the overs ticked by, so did the wickets. Both bowled well to good fields and took 4 wickets apiece. The last ten overs were evenly poised with Chester looking to keep the score under 200 and Didsbury looking to go bigger than that. Sam returned and couldn't find the right length allowing the dangerous Hamza Ahmed to cash in hitting 50 from 21 balls. The innings succumbed in the 48th courtesy of a fine stumping from Tom Wyatt who was excellent behind the stumps. Reg and Noah fielded well too. Dan's 4 for 39 from 15 overs the bowling bright spot.
A queue for tea...new thing apparently. Good sandwich variety and Alan was very happy with the chips.
Without Matt Griffiths, the second team are looking for contributions from all batters to make up for the runs he regularly scores. At 0-2 it was looking distinctly bleak. To be fair to Charlie and Tom Wyatt, they both got out to excellent balls. Notably on a full length and straight - there's a lesson to learn there bowlers. Ian and Dil steadied the ship and began to score. Ian then fell to an uncharacteristic shot in the first over from the spinner. Dil (45) was joined by Noah (23) and they built well. Both played excellent shots to the fence before switching off and getting out LBW: getting in then getting out. Reg played well after getting off the mark. Again he found the fence with 5 crunching boundaries before edging to second slip. The innings then petered out with Dan the only other batter to make double figures.
A loss and lessons to quickly take on board. But promising starts from Reg and Noah with the bat. It's a long season so plenty of opportunities to put things right. Onwards and upwards, Oulton Park away next week.
MotM - Dan Riley - bowled with great control.
DotD - Tommy Evans 'He did about 25 things but didn't do any of the well'