The 1stXI were one wicket away from topping Division 1 on Saturday as Lymm held on at 170-9, the hosts surviving a raucous LBW appeal from the game’s final delivery from Jamie Henderson (4-45). In the first innings the Rams finally flexed their batting muscles, hammering 225-7 after a thunderstorm delayed the start and reduced the innings to 41 overs.
A stand of 126 between Jake Reynolds (53) and Andrew Clarke (64) set a platform for the middle order to open their shoulders in the latter stages, Jamie Pollard introducing the required impetus with an energetic 34 from just 21 deliveries. It gave the bowlers some leeway and created scoreboard pressure which yielded a flurry of late wickets after Henderson’s fine opening spell included the key wicket of the division’s leading run scorer, Jonathan Fletcher.
Disley had to settle for 17pts though, a good day’s work on a ground where they have a wretched record.
At the DASC the 2ndXI continued to lay the foundations for a potential title tilt on the back of a five-wicket haul from Adam Burgess (5-36) that helped keep visitors Ashley to 140-8. That deficit was quickly reduced by a typically explosive innings from Madusha Wettasinghe.
Shez Mirza (41) and Matt Wragg (22) backed this up with solid knocks before juniors Mikey Gilmour and Sam Potter saw the side home, the former adding an unbeaten 16* to his first innings spell of 1-19 from 11 economic overs.