Ashley Seconds welcomed Cheadle Hulme 3rds, high flyers from last season to HQ on a bright chilly day with the pitch a credit to new Groundsman Tony Skewes.
Skipper Morfitt won the toss and invited Cheadle Hulme to bat. Opening up with Atkin and the pacy Najeeb CH looked assured until Najeeb knocked back the off stump of Brown bringing the experienced Malik to the crease. CH started to accelerate before Atkin broke through. The Skipper decided to introduce himself to the attack and broke through with his first delivery which can only be decribed as one of Hollands finest. Morph with the support of Zeeshan, backed up by excellent youthful fielding, proceeded to wittle through the CH batsman leaving them in trouble at 81 -8.
With the team expecting to wrap things up quickly perhaps hoping to watch the FA Cup semi final correct and watchful batting by Shah (48) saw CH finish on a challenging 140 all out. Pick of the bowlers was Skipper Morph returning 5 – 40 off 12 ably supported by Atkin 1 – 20, Najeeb 1 – 46 and Zeeshan 3 – 19, special mention should go to the improving keeper Dylan Wimbury whose skills especially stood up are developing nicely.
After an excellent tea Evans and Dani Ahmed opening up facing the steady opening attack of Shah and Mirza, alas both were back in the shed with the score on 11. Skipper Morph and Sam Corbs proceeded to put a watchful repair job together before Sam was adjudged LBW. Sam’s departure brought James Semple to the wicket with Jimbo is no mood to hang around. Morph too departed LBW for a steady 18 bringing The Chairman to the wicket with the score precariously set at 65-4.
The ‘crowd’ need not of worried as Jimbo put together a high quality innings of powerful drives, trademark strokes through mid-wicket and the occasional Andy Murray cross court forehands. The Chairman started with caution getting off the mark with a drive (uppish) over mid off, with James scoring at around 8 per over the partnership was worth 45 before he was bowled for an excellent 56 with the score at 110. With 31 needed Ricey (24*) with support from Zeeshan (12) and Najeeb (9*) saw Ashley over the line for 25 well-earned points.
This was a promising display from a mainly youthful enthusiastic team which bodes well for the season ahead.
Finally many thanks to The Tatton Arms Altrincham for their kind match ball sponsorship.
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