Tatt’ll do very nicely for Al­van­ley with win

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AVISIT to Tat­ten­hall with three seam­ers miss­ing from the line-up did not faze Al­van­ley. In fact, on de­but, Mike Roberts proved a more than ca­pa­ble re­place­ment.

The seamer, who has waited pa­tiently for many years for his chance, de­liv­ered with a ter­rific new ball spell, tak­ing two wick­ets for 23 runs in 10 test­ing overs.

New ball part­ner Chris Charles bowled equally well but kept miss­ing the edge – his fig­ures were char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally fru­gal though, yield­ing just 17 runs from his 10 overs of work.

Af­ter plenty of overs of seam, spin­ners Dave Shewring and Stephen Charles got the nod and both found great con­trol straight away.

The pitch was de­cent enough to stay in on, but was prov­ing dif­fi­cult to score quickly on and oc­ca­sional turn helped these spin­ners as they worked into their spells.

Muham­mad Umer and Aamir Afzal took the score to 55 in 24 overs but the lat­ter suc­cumbed to Stephen Charles, well caught by Ian McDer­mott.

Shewring com­bined well with Jonathan Whit­ley at slip to re­move Afzal and there fol­lowed a pro­ces­sion of wick­ets.

Only Waqar Has­san who made 18 showed any re­sis­tance as the two spin­ners bowled su­perbly, well backed up by a fault­less field­ing dis­play.

At 99, Shewring de­liv­ered the grace and tea was taken.

Stephen Charles snapped up 4-26 while Shewring claimed 4-27.

Al­van­ley’s bats­men faced the ac­cu­rate seam of Alan Brock and spin from Gary Forster and soon lost opener Stephen Charles to a ball that ap­peared to take for­ever to ar­rive. coup de ●

Michael Row­lands played some meaty shots and got to 22 quickly to take the game to the bowlers with four bound­aries be­fore be­ing caught at cover by Afzal off Brock.

Forster bowled well, and af­ter a stand tak­ing the score to 59 be­tween Si­mon Gee and Whit­ley, he per­suaded the lat­ter to be­come over-am­bi­tious and he de­parted for 15.

When Gee was need­lessly run out for an im­pec­ca­ble 31, Al­van­ley just needed to stay calm and work the ball around.

How­ever, two wick­ets fell quickly and sud­denly pads were be­ing strapped on hur­riedly. With 20 runs needed for vic­tory, Andy Ben­nion and Sam Bax­ter played in a re­strained, dis­ci­plined man­ner to take their team home with four wick­ets and 21 overs to spare as Al­van­ley reached a match-win­ning 102-6.

Seam bowler Mike Roberts en­joyed an ex­cel­lent de­but for Al­van­ley tak­ing a cou­ple of wick­ets as his side saw off Tat­ten­hall last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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