Alvanley hit back in both league and cup
ALVANLEY Cricket Club’s firstteam enjoyed success in both league and cup as their 2018 campaign continues to move along well.
Last Thursday night, they strode to the top of their group following a strong allround performance against Division One outfit Davenham in the Holts Brewery T20 competition.
Alvanley’s mascots for the day, Ieuan and Eleri Morris, won the toss and home skipper Chris Charles chose to bat first on a very good looking track.
Openers Mike Rowlands and Andy Bennion were charged with taking advantage of the powerplay and it was the former who was quickly into his stride, striking two leg side fours and then clearing the fence for a maximum.
He departed for a brisk 22 off just 14 deliveries which brough Lee Ainsworth to the crease.
He and Bennion added 66 runs in a flash with some well judged twos and a series of boundaries from Bennion before Ainsworth fell for 10.
Simon Gee was next in and he rotated perfectly allowing Bennion to swing from the hip. He passed 50 and then really put the foot down racing to 88 with nine fours and five sixes off just 54 balls.
With five overs remaining he finally succumbed at 126-3.
Gee made sure the platform was not wasted, running aggressively and clubbing three thunderbolt sixes in his bombastic 30 not out off 21 balls.
The team ended their 20 overs on 1706. This was at or around par on this belting pitch and a top drawer second half was going to be needed to win the game.
Billy Ouzounidis opened the bowling for Alvanley and he struggled early on to control the swing.
His length was immacualte, though, and early pressure from him and Stephen Charles brought about a run out, coolly executed by Jimmy Ecclestone to send Ben Gough packing for nine. ●
Chris Charles ran out Hugh Walker soon after for two and the message was clear from Alvanley – Davenham were going to have to earn every run.
Stephen Charles was quietly putting together a terrific powerplay spell going at just six an over. Ouzounidis, sights adjusted, profited as his spell grew.
Davenham skipper Sam Hunt threatened carnage with the willow but Ouzounidis was up to the task and removed his middle pole for 27.
Dave Ashley followed next ball and at 43-4 Davenham were in trouble.
Chris Hornby holed out to Ian McDermott in the deep off the excellent Ainsworth but there followed a busy partnership between Oli Gallagher and Sam Robbins that kept Davenham in touch.
Their 40 run sortie was ended when both perished in the deep. Chris Wright and Bennion took the catches and Ainsworth and Rowlands were rewarded for bowling to their fields.
With wickets and overs running out the last thing you need is Chris Charles entering the attack. He saw off the last wicket and what was a perfect bowling and fielding display had brought about a 38 run win.
On Saturday afternoon, Alvanley built on their midweek triumph returning to winning ways in the league at home to Weaverham.
The victory helped to erase the memory of the previous week’s defeat at Brooklands.
Chris Charles won the toss and chose to bowl first on a white, hard wicket which finally appeared from the covers once the rain stopped at 1.30pm.
The captain and Billy Ouzounidis enjoyed the bounce and soon enough, the latter found the top of opener James Fascione’s middle stump.
Ouzounidis also saw Salman Hanif off and at 24-2 the signs were good.
Kevin Douglas had other ideas and he launched a powerful assault. With teammate Ian Eaton at the other end carefully accumulating, the total soon rose to 83 in 19 overs.
The introduction of spin had already applied the brakes and on 83 Stephen Charles found a way through Douglas’s defence to send him back for an excellent 53.
From this point onwards Charles’s stage.
With Dave Shewring performing at his miserly best at the other end, the pair strangled the life out of the innings.
Charles found joy on both edges, cleverly mixing up deliveries but always remaining consistent in line and length.
His wicket of Eaton, well caught at slip by Jonathan Whitley, was crucial and apart from a few lusty blows by the tail, the innings somewhat subsided.
Charles ended with well deserved 6-38 while Shewring bagged his two victims for just 14 runs off nine tight overs.
Ouzounidis 2-23, a crucial restraining spell from Ecclestone and some top catching (and stumping) from Simon Gee and Jimmy Ecclestone meant that proceedings ended in the 41st over at 135 all out.
Stephen Charles could not add runs to his wickets but after his loss the next pair batted beautifully.
Mike Rowlands and Whitley played with power and finesse but also ran aggressively to construct a destructive, unbeaten 127 partnership that took their team to the required 139-1 in just 22 overs.
Whitley ended 78 not out with 14 fours and a six coming in just 62 balls. Rowlands added an undefeated 46 to get his season up and running. it was
Mascots for the game Eleri and Ieuan Morris help at the coin toss ahead of the T20 clash between Alvanley and Davenham last Thursday evening.