The 2ndXI returned to winning ways with a high-class run chase at Macclesfield to maintain their lofty status, but a mixed start for the 1stXI continued as they have followed two wins with two losses.
At the DASC Port Sunlight became the first visiting side to taste victory in a 1stXI league fixture since 2015 and the Rams could have few complaints. For the second week running a wretched start with the bat saw only Max Driscoll (29) make an impression from the top order. There was again some signs of life in the lower order, young Manusha Wettasinghe (22) again impressing, but 138-9 looked at least 60 below par for conditions and so it proved.
Sunlight removed any chance of the 1stXI applying any pressure with a quick assault from Ben McPherson whose rapid half-century ended the game as a contest. He was eventually bowled by Jamie Henderson (1-22) as the skipper threw the ball around and also saw Martin Blackbourn (1-30) and Manusha Wettasinghe (1-11) reward him with wickets. The visitors cruised home though, leaving the Disley batsmen with food for thought.
There were no such batting worries for the 2ndXI who continued their rapid start in 2017 by racing to 191-2 to win by 8 wickets at Macclesfield’s Parkside ground. A century from Macc opener Thomas Carter set up a larger chase than the Rams might have expected against the league’s basement side, Junaid Samdani helping to stem the tide with 5-46 including bowling the centurion for 107.
Despite losing the calming presence of Alex Dickman early in their chase the 2ndXI stormed to victory after tea with some impressive strokeplay. Stew Reynolds fell narrowly short of a first 50 of the campaign, caught for 42, but there were no such worries for new additions Ib Munsif (70*) and Ammar Zindani (53*) who both raised their bats, cashing in on the change bowling to keep the Rams top of Div B East.