Week 13 saw the 2ndXI finally lose their unbeaten record in 2017 and at the worst possible time as they faced league leaders Chelford. The Rams never recovered mentally from a fractious first innings but are at least left with enough time to make up for a potentially fatal slip in their title bid.
The 1stXI threatened a slip up too in their chase for maximum points on the Wirral. They elected to bat on what turned out to be a spicy Irby deck where only their three tallest batsmen were able to ride the bounce and survive long enough for a worthwhile innings. Andrew Clarke (54), Jake Reynolds (20) and James Banner (12) scrapped it out to help the Rams into three figures and give the bowlers enough margin to win the game.
Toby Carson’s unplayable opening spell yielded only one scoring shot in 10 accurate overs and his pressure bore fruit at the other end with early scalps for Simon Hare (2-21) and Martin Blackbourn (4-22). Disley took their catches and pulled off a smart run out to allow Josh Henry (3-14) to scythe through the tail and deliver a winning margin of 33 runs.
At the DASC the 2ndXI were looking well placed in their top of the table encounter with Chelford when they claimed 7 quick wickets but the denial of an 8th caused for an unsavoury atmosphere. A distracted fielding unit went on to leak 182 runs by the time the visitors were all out, doubling the score for the final three wickets.
Disley’s funk then carried over into the reply where only some late power-hitting from Matt Wragg kept the game alive. When he was dismissed for a hard-hitting 34 though the game was well and truly up, the 2ndXI slipping to 122 all-out and 21pts off the pace.