Hew, what a scorcher to help pro­mo­tion bid

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

WIDNES Cricket Club’s first XI moved back into sec­ond place in the Vivio Cheshire County League Divi­sion One with a two-wicket vic­tory at bot­tom placed Weaver­ham.

The vis­i­tors were weak­ened by the ab­sence of Danny Naughton, Ben He­witt and Danny Moore and brought in Daniel Wear­den and Tom Keen who were en­trusted with the new ball in con­junc­tion with Alex He­witt when the hosts won the toss and elected to bat.

Weaver­ham skip­per Alex Nash and Jake Light­foot put on 43 for the first wicket, Nash caught at cover by Mike Byrne for 18 off Wear­den, who had re­placed He­witt af­ter four steady overs.

One run later Light­foot de­parted, caught at mid­wicket by Ra­jiv Singh for 16 off Mar­cus Fourie who had re­placed Keen.

Rob Dickinson and Ryan Simm added 19 for the third wicket, Simm caught by Tom Evans off Fourie for eight.

Eight runs later, Dickinson was caught at ex­tra cover by Sean Moore for 20, a sec­ond wicket for Wear­den.

James Fas­cione and James Bell put on 50 for the fifth wicket, cap­tain Chris Kirby stump­ing the ag­gres­sive Fas­cione for 29, a third wicket for Fourie.

It be­came 135-6 when the Kirby-Fourie com­bi­na­tion ac­counted for Tom Hulse for eight.

Bell and Kevin Dou­glas added a fur­ther 40 runs for the sev­enth wicket, Bell caught at back­ward point by Keen for 35, a first wicket for He­witt.

On 193, He­witt claimed a sec­ond wicket when he in­duced Dou­glas into a rash shot and he was caught, again by Keen hav­ing made 39 off just 27 balls in­clud­ing half a dozen bound­aries and a six. Ge­orge McCormick (10 not out) and Josh Adam­son (five not out) took the score on to 207 at the end of the al­lot­ted 50 overs.

Widnes opened their in­nings with skip­per Kirby and Mike Byrne, but nei­ther lasted long.

The cap­tain was bowled by McCormick with­out scor­ing and Byrne went lbw to Dou­glas for two.

Fourie and Matty Burns took the score ● on to 35 at which point Fourie was lbw to McCormick.

With the score on 67, Burns (34) be­came a third lbw vic­tim and a sec­ond wicket for Dou­glas.

En­ter Alex He­witt and he and Sean Moore took the score on to 104 be­fore Moore was caught by Dickinson off Nash for 22. He­witt now took charge and he found able part­ners in Wear­den with 14 in a part­ner­ship of 48 and Evans with six in a part­ner­ship of 32.

Widnes were 12 runs from vic­tory when He­witt was caught at cover by Simm off McCormick for a bril­liant 89 off 87 balls, an in­nings that in­cluded 13 bound­aries.

With the game finely bal­anced, Tom Keen with an un­beaten five and Will My­ers with four not out saw the vis­i­tors to vic­tory with seven overs to spare.

The 25 points gained sees Widnes move 14 clear of Mac­cles­field in third place.

Re­flect­ing on last Satur­day’s vic­tory, Widnes vice-cap­tain Sean Moore, said: “We had a few play­ers miss­ing. Even though we were play­ing bot­tom of the league, it can be dif­fi­cult re­gard­less of what po­si­tion the op­po­si­tion are in when you don’t have a full strength side.

“It was a good win then, re­ally. We lost the toss too and they went into bat first.

“We bowled well in the first half though, and got off to a re­ally good start so that gave us a bit con­fi­dence boost.

“A cou­ple of the young lads opened the bowl­ing and did re­ally well. In the first half of the in­nings, we man­aged to res­train them.

“We took our foot off the gas a lit­tle though to­wards the end of the in­nings and they ended up on 207 which was a bit too much from the po­si­tion they were in. When we went into bat, we bat­ted re­ally well and we were al­ways ahead of the run rate. Their bowl­ing was a lit­tle illd­is­ci­plined too. We lost a few wick­ets quite quickly which was a slight con­cern but we did enough with the bat to en­sure we got the win.

“Matty Burns did well as our num­ber four bats­man and Alex He­witt came in at num­ber six and did bril­liantly.

“I think if it wasn’t for He­witt’s bat­ting per­for­mance, we wouldn’t have won the game as he took us over the line.”

Widnes re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day when they take on Marple in their lat­est league fix­ture and it will be an­other tough game.

Their op­po­nents have lost just one game in their last five matches and are one of the teams chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle.

Moore knows it won’t be an easy task but he hopes if Widnes are able to get a win over Marple, their chances of pro­mo­tion will be greatly en­hanced.

“They are a good team, Marple. They got rel­e­gated re­cently and dropped down from the Pre­mier League so they play some good cricket,” said Moore.

“They al­ways have ex­pe­ri­ence in their team. It will be tough. We have a few tricky games in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“They will be cru­cial in our quest to get pro­moted. A win could be mas­sive for us but we just need to do our best and see what we can get from these games.

“I’m not play­ing the last three games but I think we should have a strong enough side for this game and to get a win.” ● WIDNES’S sec­ond-team en­ter­tain Bow­don this Satur­day fol­low­ing a dis­mal show­ing against Grap­pen­hall. They were bowled out for just 40 and lost by 10 wick­ets. The third XI bring their 2017 sea­son to a close on Sun­day af­ter­noon when they en­ter­tain Al­van­ley.

A su­perb knock of 89 by Alex He­witt helped Widnes record a vic­tory over Weaver­ham last Satur­day and keep alive their hopes of win­ning pro­mo­tion.

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