Disley’s promising start to the season continued with a pair of derby wins sealed with nervy run chases against Stockport Georgians and Poynton. Both sides now sit second in their respective league tables and will be hoping their best cricket is still ahead of them in 2017.
At the DASC the 1stXI came off best in a low-scoring thriller that emerged after an hour of sedate play had seen Georgians progress serenely to 52-0. From there though the ball started to swing and Toby Carson (7-39) used conditions expertly to engineer a collapse to 89 all-out, twice taking wickets in consecutive deliveries.
As is often the case, a low score provided some jitters after tea with Disley unsure quite how to respond and slipping into a shotless period that left them 43-5. Will Ritchie (26) and Dave Bridge (18*) provided the right balance of positive aggression though, adding 39 for the sixth wicket and ending the game as a contest before the latter took the winning runs in the 35th over.
At nearby Poynton the 2ndXI also delivered a win by the margin of 4-wickets, Mikey Gilmour the standout performer with a career-best 6-31. The young spinner reeled off 13 unplayable overs as the home side were restricted to 160, messrs Rooney, Dyson, Harvey and Taylor chipping in with a scalp apiece.
Runs flowed at enough of a rate in the second dig, but when set batsmen Stew Reynolds (48) and debutant Abbas Nizam-ud-Din (50) fell without seeing things through the Rams endured a wobble. When skipper Dyson dragged on and Harvey was castled without scoring the game was back in the balance but the cool heads of Sam Potter and find-of-the-season Shez Mirza (35*) finished the job to keep the Rams rolling.