Ashley vs Alderley Park

Date: 26 April 2003

Venue: Alderley Park

Toss won by: Ashley

Batted First: Alderley Park

ALDERLEY PARK X1 –v- ASHLEY X1 26/04/03

 

Ashley made the short trip over to Alderley for the first time following their championship-winning season in the Cheshire Alliance league last year. A bright sunny day that still threatened to become overcast and rainy saw Ashley stand in skipper Dave Rice win the toss and invited Alderley Park to make first use of an excellent looking wicket that was both firm and dry.

 

Both Woods and Tyms opened the innings with two maidens each before Tyms served up a juicy full toss that Neve hit straight to Holte at mid on, who held a simple catch. McKeever followed soon after caught at the wicket by debutant keeper Cannon off the Woods. This brought Wilkinson and APCC captain Farmer to the crease who played and missed several times before3 slicing the first of several drives through slips and the point area particularly off Woods. The pace attack tired as both batsmen assumed control with Farmer in particular looking strong through both covers and midwicket. Rice turned to Holte and Lewis to bring a breakthrough and importantly control the fast scoring batsmen whose stroke play was at times excellent. Only after they had put on over a hundred did Holte (1-36) bring the partnership to an end trapping Wilkinson LBW for 55 with the score on 125-3 whilst continuing to bowl well within himself due to injury. At the other end Lewis (2-48) toiled away with good variation to make a vital breakthrough bowling a key spell, removing the excellent Farmer after Kevin Coates provided a champagne moment running in from wide long off and diving full length to take a stunning one handed catch only a foot from the deck. Ashley had worked hard chasing leather but finally removed Alderley’s danger men at 165-4. Only Griggs (28) gave any resistance with a watchful 28 as Ashley ripped through the remainder of the batting line up. Liam O’Doherty and Bobby Cannon combined to complete a difficult run out whilst Tyms went solo hitting the one stump he could see from 20 yards at extra cover. Both were as a result of a tight spell from Ciaran O’Doherty and the returning Tyms (2-33). Woods (3-35) returned for the final over to clam the last two wickets, via a stunning catch over his shoulder at mid off from Tyms and clean bowling the last man off the last ball of the innings. For Alderley Park to close on 202 all out from a position where Ashley were staring down the barrel of 250 plus was a good performance on what was a small and quick scoring ground.

 

Ashley’s reply began in slow motion following a miserly opening spell from Parry and Butterworth, with Liam O’Doherty (45*) and Lewis watchful of the moving ball and waiting for the bad balls. After puncturing the field with two quality drives Lewis was bowled by the excellent Parry bring Cannon (13) to the crease who played with authority before poor shot selection resulted in his demise to the flighted off spin of Losse. Coates (9) too played with confidence, perhaps too much as he was caught and bowled by Griggs going for an pull shot which in April is not always the best idea. After looking comfortable at the crease Khan played a kamikaze shot that he will surely regret, charging down the wicket to Griggs and was embarrassingly bowled whilst being in closer proximity to the bowler than his wicket. Hatchel smashed his first two balls for 6 and four, before being trapped in his crease soon after to the left arm round Losse (4-32). Tyms became Losse’s 2nd successive victim when he prodded at his first ball and was caught at the wicket. This brought the left-handed Rice to the crease with Losse on a hat trick. The neutral umpire somehow adjudged Rice to be out LBW with him well down the track and apparently beyond protection from the laws of cricket. With light quickly deteriorating and dark clouds gathering Ciaran O’Doherty struggled to see the ball before being dismissed by Jones in a wicket maiden. The obdurate O’Doherty and Holte then showed the makers name to the bowlers for a couple of overs before the rain came down effectively ending the game with 11 overs remaining. The captain shook hands on a rain affected draw with Ashley closing on a disappointing 102-8. Ashley captain Dave Rice, whilst unhappy with some of the shot selection when batting, was encouraged by a good display in the field and the excellent team spirit and commitment.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

B.McKeever

ct. Cannon

Woods

9

2.

G. Neve

ct. Holte

Tyms

0

3.

P. Wilkinson

LBW

Holte

55

4.

R. Farmer

ct. Coates

Lewis

71

5.

C. Griggs

Run Out

(L. O’Doherty

28

6.

D. Adams

Bowled

Lewis

6

7.

T. Parry

Run Out

(Tyms)

9

8.

P. Butterworth

LBW

Tyms

1

9.

N. Jones

ct. Tyms

Woods

9

10.

S. Parrish

Bowled

Woods

8

11.

M. Losse

NOT

OUT

0

 

 

 

Extras

6

 

 

 

Total

202

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

D. Woods

8

2

35

3

G. Tyms

10

3

33

2

N. Holte

10

2

36

1

K. Coates

3

0

26

0

W. Lewis

9

0

48

2

C. O’Doherty

5

0

19

0

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

L. O’Doherty

NOT

OUT

45

2.

W. Lewis

Bowled

Parry

10

3.

B. Cannon

ct. McKeever

Losse

13

4.

K. Coates

ct & Bowled

Griggs

9

5.

J. Khan

Bowled

Griggs

8

6.

D. Hatchell

LBW

Losse

11

7.

G. Tyms

ct. Parrish

Losse

0

8.

D. Rice

LBW

Losse

0

9.

C. O’Doherty

Bowled

Jones

2

10.

N. Holte

NOT

OUT

 

11.

D. Woods

DID NOT

BAT

 

 

 

 

Extras

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

T. Parry

10

5

18

1

P. Butterworth

6

2

17

0

M. Losse

10

2

32

4

C. Griggs

5

1

27

2

N. Jones

2

1

1

1

R. Farmer

1

0

5

0

 

 

Result: Rain affected draw;. Alderley Park 9 pts, Ashley 5 pts.