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Saturday 4th June

posted 5 Jun 2011, 07:18 by Mike Madden
1st XI v Mottram (away)

Taken from the league website.

Mottram remain in trouble at the foot of the table after defeat at home to Whaley Bridge. Phil Elliot top scored for the home side with 60, but an excellent 3-35 from Dale Jones saw Mottram bowled out for just 142. The visitors made light work of the run chase, Declan Ryan (44) and Darren Crompton (45) saw Whaley stroll to victory, finishing on 146-2 

2nd XI v Chapel (home)

It was a strange old day at home to Chapel, with ex Whaley junior and ex first team regular (not at Whaley, of course) Josh Ratcliffe captaining the opposition. Josh won the toss and chose to field first, a surprising decision given that they weren't expecting their 11th man until well into the afternoon, though perhaps not so strange when the patchy nature of the wicket was taken into account. We had a strong side out, particularly in the batting department, but anyone who has played at Whaley for more than a couple of seasons will know that in these situations a heavy defeat usually follows. TR Wild was trapped lbw for 2, then jetsetting (or should that be jetlagged?) captain MMM was bowled for 10. Callum McIlveen was controversially caught for 0, when it looked like a bump ball, but the inexperienced Callum walked anyway. Rob Hill was bowled for 4, but Jake Drayson and Harry Bold looked to be steadying the ship. Unfortunately Jake fell to a magnificent catch for 14, then Tommo strode to the wicket. He and Harry took the score from 41-5 to 84 when Harry tried to fend off a bouncer and was caught for a marvellous 22. Tommo reached 42 abd was given premature applause for a swashbuckling 50, meanwhile Scholesy survived a definite caught behind shout, but was actually caught behind next ball for 8. Gibbo flattered to deceive and was out lbw for 4, but at 118 for 8 there was still work to be done. Sam Slack started to open his shoulders, then Tommo finally reached a genuine 50. Tommo was bowled for 51, then Sam plundered an unbeaten 17 before Colin Wild was bowled for 1, to end the innings on a creditable 143 all out. The tea interval was extended by Pete "Dart" Fletcher, our single magnificent umpire, discussing all our yesterdays with anyone who cared to listen, and why not, as Fleck is an entertaining raconteur. The second innings eventually got under way with Chapel still only having 10 men, making Whaley's task slightly easier. Josh made his intentions clear from the start, hitting Sam for a big six, but two balls later he was on his way back after a tremendous diving catch by wicketkeeper TR Wild. Colin trapped the other opener lbw, then Slacky became unplayable. He claimed two more victims clean bowled, whilst Colin claimed another lbw to have Chapel reeling at 21 for 5 (or for 6 with a man short). Jake took a well judged catch off Colin, though Callum McIlveen was disappointed with his own efforts with the ball, sending down 3 overs without success for just 12 runs. Colin claimed his fourth victim, again clean bowled, and when the eight wicket fell, with Colin claiming a jug after disturbing another batsman's stumps, Chapel were effectively 64 for 9. With temperatures dropping, Fleck had to disappear behind a sightscreen to relieve himself, perhaps just as well as tensions started to to rise. Gibbo bowled 5 overs for just 6 runs, but the Chapel number 8 showed that he should be batting much higher. Colin was replaced by Scholesy as Chapel reduced the deficit to 70, 60, 50 etc, then Slacky returned to try to win the match. With the score on 110 Scholesy finally bowled a straight one, and the number 10 batsman had no answer as the bails went flying. Scholesy let his emotions run wild, though he did apologise to the Chapel batsmen later. Colin finished with 5 for 53 off 15 overs, whilst Slacky had 3 for 36 off 9. Matchwinner Scholesy sent down 3 overs for just 3 runs, including the vital wicket that gave Whaley a far from comfortable 33 run victory.