What a difference a week makes as a Cheshire heatwave had Disley players reaching for the factor 50 as the senior sides returned the same number of points from their Saturday’s toil. At the DASC the 1stXI made light work of basement side Middlewich, whilst the 2ndXI remain unbeaten with a similar dismantling of Wilmslow Wayfarers.
It was trial by spin at the DASC where captain Reynolds responded to the conditions by calling upon 14 overs apiece from Martin Blackbourn (4-50) and Josh Henry (0-30) whilst the pacemen operated in short bursts. The pair strangled a sedate Middlewich innings that meandered slowly to 144-7, a maximum in the final over a rare successful attempt to break the shackles.
An unbeaten stand of 139 for the second wicket then rubber-stamped a dominant display as the Rams cruised to a 9-wicket win. Josh Henry delivered his first substantial knock on UK soil with an assured 52* (4×4, 0x6, 70b) punctuated by some fine drives, whilst the acceleration to an early close was provided by Jake Reynolds. The captain smote a rapid 92* (7×4, 5×6, 78b) as anything loose went the full distance, sealing the win in style with a giant six over square leg in the 27th over.
Matters were equally as straightforward at the Phoenix Club in Wilmslow where Wilmslow Wayfarers were quickly put to the sword by a rampant 2ndXI. The home side elected to bat but registered no bonus points as they were bundled out for just 98, change bowlers Adam Burgess (4-28) and Reuben Cutts (3-24) doing the damage.
The scoreboard rattled along in reply, the Rams reaching their target inside 23 overs for the loss of only the opening batsmen. Reuben Cutts completed a fine all-round display with 48* whilst Stew Reynolds provided the impetus from the top of the order with an aggressive 33.