A pair of draws opened the 2018 UKFast Cheshire Cricket League season for the Disley Saturday sides as a welcome heatwave across the county allowed grounds to recover from a wet winter. Some fine individual displays promised much for the season ahead but sadly couldn’t return the wins that would’ve made for an ideal start.
The 1stXI travelled to Grove Park to take on a Cheadle Hulme side bolstered by some new recruits following relegation from the County League last term. Jake Reynolds won the toss and elected to bowl and saw his side respond positively by reducing the hosts to 1-2 and then 88-5 with debutant Tom Crump (3-45) impressing.
From that promising position control was relinquished though as some typically rusty opening day catching came back to bite the Rams at the tail end of the innings. Former Lindow pair Taylor (97) and Howarth (42*) cashed in as the Cheadle Hulme score swelled to 208-8 at the interval, teenager Manusha Wettasinghe plugging away with 2-44.
As in the first innings things proved tough against the new ball after tea, Disley soon reduced to 10-2, but a well-paced partnership between Andrew Clarke (75) and Luke Scully (72) redressed the balance. Neither could see the job through though and, after a stand of 140, a flurry of late wickets saw the 1stXI pull up short at 173-8 and reflect on a day when they were well positioned in both innings but couldn’t close the game out.
At a resplendent DASC the 2ndXI came off the better from a similar encounter with Timperley, declaring early as they quickly amassed 181-8 after being invited to bat. The thrust was provided, unsurprisingly, by a 21-ball blitz from Madusha Wettasinghe which totalled 51 runs but much was owed to the platform set by the top order where Alex Dickman occupied the crease before being cruelly run out for a mature 49.
A varied Rams attack set about their job after tea and engineered collapses from 33-0 to 36-3 and 60-3 to 72-7. Visiting captain Gary Fisher then showed a wealth of experience though and guided his side through to the close for the loss of only one further wicket, amassing an unbeaten 53* in the process. The 2ndXI utilised 8 bowlers in total, Sam Potter’s efforts yielding 3-13 from five accurate overs.