Both senior sides maintained 100% records in Week 2 to ascend to the top their respective league tables by the close of play. Successful run chases were the order of the day with victories by 7 and 5 wickets developing some early-season momentum.
The 1stXI lost the toss at the DASC but were again quickly to into their work with a first-over strike from Toby Carson (3-13). With three of the seam attack missing the workload fell on the spinners who, unusually for April, accounted for 27 overs between them. All found appreciable turn as Adam Burgess (1-24) reeled off 14 miserly overs and Martin Blackbourn (2-21) and Josh Henry (2-15) kept a lid on the latter stages of the innings.
Irby eventually limped to 98-9 which was put to the sword by a brisk reply, dominated by a second-wicket stand of 58 between Jake Reynolds (33) and Max Driscoll (24). Both will have been disappointed to fall tamely before the win was confirmed but it allowed for a brief cameo from Australian Josh Henry whose unbeaten 18* included the winning runs, driven emphatically to the cover fence.
At Chelford the 2ndXI also found themselves in the field at the behest of the opposition but enjoyed a dominant opening period thanks to juniors Joe Rooney (3-27) and Mikey Gilmour (4-32). Only some powerful lower-order hitting took the hosts into three figures, eventually dismissed for 130 as Yousuf Rehman collected 2-15 from his bag of tricks on debut.
The influence of last year’s U15s squad continued after tea as Alex Dickman compiled a composed 33 from the top of the order, proving a stoic partner for Yousuf Rehman’s more dynamic 42 which broke the back of the chase. It was eventually left for skipper Alex Dyson see his side home with an unbeaten 15* and a perfect 50pt start.