Both Saturday sides survived scares to keep their seasons alive for another week. The 1stXI did their best to botch a simple run chase whilst the 2s were staring defeat in the face before a remarkable turnaround saw them take eight wickets for just six runs.
At the DASC all seemed calm as the 1stXI negotiated their way to 66-2 in reply to Congleton’s 122-8 but an epic collapse ensued, only saved by some impish tailend batting from number 10 Jamie Henderson (20*). Alongside the stoic James Banner (17*) he helped the Rams recover to a ninth league win of the season, gaining revenge for the week 3 loss to the Bears.
It was no less than the bowlers deserved as, not for the first time this season, they stifled an opposition batting lineup. Before his batting heroics, Jamie Henderson picked up the prize scalp of Tom Blease – again sending the stumps cartwheeling – whilst Toby Carson (2-10) was at his economical best. The spinners then saw things through, sharing five wickets with Martin Blackbourn (3-47) the pick.
At nearby Cheadle Hulme the 2ndXI also had a shock as they looked to recover from their only defeat of the season to date. On a spicy outground wicket they lost their top three batsmen for single figures but rallied around middle order contributions from Dyson, O’Connor, Potter and Wragg. Adam Burgess then struck an unbeaten 33* to guide the Rams to 181-8.
That total looked in extreme danger when the hosts navigated their way to a seemingly impenetrable 152-2 in reply but an astonishing period of play saw them dismissed for just 158. Dave Potter added to his runs with four scalps as the Cheadle Hulme middle order imploded once the set batsmen were prised from the crease. The 2ndXI now continue to chase Chelford in the remaining weeks.