Ashley Sunday 3rd XI vs Bramhall 4th XI (Home) – 29/05/2016
On a bright sunny sunday Ashley CC hosted Bramhall CC in our first home league game of the season. Skipper Josh Wardle ended his unbeaten streak losing the toss, and on a superb track Bramhalls skipper unsurprisingly elected to bat. Skipper opened the bowling along withJamie Crowhurst and both tried to get the early breakthrough, sadly this was without any joy and also a bit of frustration with Jamie threatening to become his alter ego “mr angry” after a tough leg side chance was put down by keeper Steve Prichard. Bramhalls openers ensured on a good track that any bad balls were punished. In the warm weather skipper rung the changes on the 12 over mark with Stuart Wilkinson and Peter Edward Burgess brought into the attack. Wilkinson finding a good length from the start with similar results to the openers with the occasional bad ball being put away. Two or three inside edges from Bramhalls no1 brought frustration but finally the partnership was broken when width was offered up only to edge and be snaffled by keeper Steve Prichard. Sent back 7 short of his 50 (50p). At the other end Peter Edward Burgess was continuing his great start to the season with a show of great control and skill on a wicket that was not offering much turn. LBW appeals turned away Pete finally got his reward taking the scalp of Bramhalls no2 for 58 (well batted). After 6 overs from Stuart the heat was taking its toll and Sam Corbishley was brought in, from the start he showed fantastic control and skill, finding turn and restricting Bramhalls batsmen, with Bramhalls no3 playing some big shots sam persisted and got his reward as he went big again only to hit high into the air and down into the safe hands of James Mazarelo. What followed can only be described as a masterclass from corbs as he snaffled 4 more wickets for very few runs including a hattrick opportunity. A very well deserved and earned 5fer!!! Skipper Josh Wardlereplaced Pete after another solid 10 from the number 1, and finally got some reward in his last over as their no8 chipped one to mid off and “buckets” Mazarelo was on hand again. 200 to chase but we knew we had a great chance on a great track.
Opening was Michael Plant and John Brownhill, the first wicket didnt take long as Mike was bowled in the second over, it felt like maybe it was one of those days, however Mike Burgess came in at three and played a superb aggressive innings, putting on a driving clinic time and time again, occasionally not getting full value for shots with a slightly moist outfield. John at the other end was pushing quick singles and waiting for the bad ball to put away. Mike went for 34 after going for another cover drive which was slightly wide only to chip to the cover fielder. At this point after 21 overs we were sitting on 69-2 after 21 overs and staring down the face of batting out for a draw, however……. In at 4 was James Mazarelo who looked assured from the start, building a good partnership with John who continued to push quick ones and twos which in the heat was a fantastic effort from both. as the twos started to add up and Maz beginning to be the aggresser the scoreboard started to tick. Both batsmen were approaching 50, Maz brought it up in style, a HUUUUUGE 6 back over the bowlers head, the hedge and possibly found inside the church car park, bringing cheers from the side lines. The run rate well and truly ticking now Maz dispatched a full one, up, square and well over the hedge, what a pair of bangers!! More cheers from the side lines. John following suit and bringing up his own 50 shortly followed and suddenly we were in with a chance of chasing it down. Maz continued to try to push the score along with another big shot but unluckily put one in the air and found the fielder, all the same a truly superb 68! Max Kennedy strode in at 5, and immediately showed his ability, smashing one through point for 4. The good running continued, John and Max pushing quick ones and twos, the occasional three asked for by Max only to be politely declined by a now 37 over John. With an over to spare the two saw us over the line, a very satisfying 200 run chase, another unbeaten 50 from JB, a superb 68 from Mazza and a dazzling 5fer from Sam Corbishley. All players contributed to another fantastic 3rd team victory. No game for 2 weeks now, due to Marple CC dropping out of the league and Saturday 2s n 3s having a knees up the following week. Return to action on the Beer Festival Sunday at home to Bowdon Vale. As much support as possible is always appreciated. Whatevers left will be just £1 a pint!