The turn of the season mirrored the opening day as the second half of fixtures were ushered in with a pair of wins for the Saturday sides. The leading individual display came from overseas Josh Henry whose fine form continued with an unbeaten 97* for the 1stXI at the DASC.
Jake Reynolds’ men again relied on 28 overs of spin to keep the lid on a dangerous Ashton-on-Mersey side through the middle of the innings. James Lines’ unbeaten 60* helped the visitors to 161-6 but the Rams largely retained control with some disciplined bowling, including two late wickets for Matt Wragg (2-24) who continued his fine record against AoM.
In reply a quickfire century opening stand ended the game as a contest, Josh Henry the dominant partner as the Aussie even struck his first sixes on UK soil! He sent four over the ropes along with his eleven boundaries, only slowed as defensive fields at the close denied him a second hundred of the campaign and eked out four wickets for the visitors.
At Trinity the 2ndXI compiled an equally impressive run chase, the irrepressible Simon Lomas enjoying a fine day with bat and ball. His 4-21 from 14 probing overs was key after spin twins Gilmour and Burgess had knocked over the home side’s top 3. A final tally of 127-8 was well under par and quickly knocked off after tea.
Lomas was again key, remaining unbeaten on 57* to send his 2ndXI batting average spiralling into three figures. He had valuable support from Abbas Nizam-ud-Din (29) as the Rams hit back after a fine new-ball spell from Oliver Potts (4-38) to continue their challenge for the Division B East title.