With the return of April showers only one Rams fixture survived the weather in week two of the season as the 2ndXI made the short trip to Macclesfield. A much changed side again amassed maximum batting points but for the second week in a row had to settle for a winning draw.

Stand-in skipper Ian Ashkettle was one of five players making their first appearance of the season and he took the positive decision to bat first under leaden skies. Things got off to an inauspicious start as Alex Dickman was caught at the wicket for a duck and Disley struggled to 67-6 in the face of good opening spells from Horner and Kumar.

Manusha Wettasinghe’s stout resistance brought reward against the change bowling though as he followed his brother’s lead in week one, finding increasing fluency to register a half-century. He increased the scoring rate before being bowled by the returning Kumar for a well-compiled 69, prompting an explosive finish to the innings.

The penultimate pair of Toby Carson and Jack Parkey made hay in the closing stages, the former the dominant partner on his way to an unbeaten 71* which carried the Rams to an unlikely 198-9. It set up a potentially intriguing run chase after tea but in the end the Macclesfield reply never got going.

The Rams bowling dispatched the top order for single figure scores and triggered a circumspect approach as the eight-man Disley attack reeled off sixteen maidens in the innings. There was a first scalp of the season for last year’s leading bowler Mike Gilmour (1-12) and debut wickets for Theo Penn (2-12) and Ben Clayton (1-14) but no sign of the collapse that would have swung the game decisively.

Sam Potter continued his strong start to the season with 2-18 but again the 2ndXI had to settle for a frustrating draw in a game they had dominated. Two winning draws to start the season bodes well though ahead of a stern test against Didsbury in a clash of the sides who finished second and third in 2017.

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