For the first time in 2017 both Saturday sides suffered defeat, potentially signalling the end of their respective promotion challenges. At Hale Barns the 1stXI were resoundingly beaten by the hosts as the Rams paid for their poor fielding whilst at the DASC the 2ndXI were skittled by visiting Didsbury.
At Brooks Drive a 1stXI attack missing leading wicket-takers Martin Blackbourn and Toby Carson removed both Hale Barns openers with just 35 on the board. However they proceeded to drop the host’s dangerous overseas batsman Hash Dafedar before he had scored. The Indian was handed six more reprieves as he continued to hit out merrily, finally achieving an inevitable century in the final over as a ragged Rams conceded 249-5.
Inevitably the momentum carried through after tea as the 1stXI were soon reeling at 15-3 but still sought to be positive with double batting points on offer under the bizarre new rules. Sajjad Shah struck an aggressive 42 (7×4, 2×6) but when he and Cal McIlveen fell before the score reached three figures the writing was on the wall, Disley eventually 127 all-out and distinctly second best.
At the DASC the 2ndXI were made to rue losing the toss as they were inserted on a drying wicket by visiting Didsbury. The visiting captain was vindicated as his bowlers found conditions to their liking. Only Raza Karamat with 22 threatened a meaningful score as Disley limped to 84 all-out.
In improving conditions the Didsbury opening pair added 53 to remove any faint chance of an upset. Returning student Dave Potter claimed 3-13 to address the balance but there were no worries for Didsbury who collected 20pts in the 30th over of the chase with opener Raja carrying his bat in a patient innings.