An astounding spell of bowling from Josh Henry carried the 1stXI through another low-scoring Twenty20 tie as they beat Division 2 side Chelford by 70 runs at Peover Lane. The Australian’s final analysis of 6-3 included 3 maidens as the Rams bundled the hosts out for just 47 in reply to Disley’s 117-8.
As with Round 1 the batting effort was unspectacular but the longer the innings progressed the more it became obvious that timing and hitting through the line on a worn surface proved tough. Andrew Clarke top-scored with 29, including the day’s only maximum, before James Banner shepherded the lower order with a determined 24* that took Disley three short of their redefined target of setting the hosts a run-a-ball to win.
The reply got off to the best possible start with Jamie Henderson (1-6) and Toby Carson (1-13) removing both openers in their first overs, only one boundary arriving in the power play before Josh Henry took centre stage.
He began by reeling off the first of three double-wicket maidens in his spell, decimating the Chelford batting as he found appreciable turn. The home side had no answer and subsided in 13 overs as Hare and Wragg chipped in with supporting wickets.
Fittingly it was left to Henry to deliver the final wickets as a sharp caught and bowled accounted for opposing skipper Khan before Rehman was pinned in front.
The 1stXI will now travel to the winner of Woodford and Prestbury in Round 3.