Al­van­ley hit back in both league and cup

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

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.

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