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Warrington CC - 2nd XI
Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI
Sat 3 Jun 13:00 - Cheshire County Cricket League - 2nd XI First Division Drawn

2nd XI hold on against top of the table Warrington

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After a winning draw last week against Bramhall Oxton 2's travelled to Warrington in good spirits in hope of putting a dent in their 100% record after a fiery away encounter last season.

The day started well when Gauny won the toss and he chose to insert the opposition who had had great success so far chasing down opposition totals. It was over to Knowles & Tollady (recently returning from a swinging weekend) to take the new ball. Early movement was evident straight from the off and second ball of the innings the warrington opener had a flash at a wide one only to see it land right in to Jack Breheny's hands. Unfortunately jack fresh from a week away with the moscow state circus performed his solo juggling act and the chance went amiss. A tight start from Tollady ramped up the pressure on the Warrington openers and ''Butterbean'' opening the batting from the other end could only chip a straight drive right back at Knowles. Unfortunately Knowles not known for his quick reactions could only palm it onto his knee and the chance again went begging. The Warrington openers seemingly on a day trip from the back pitch continued to offer chances as ‘’butterbean’’ then offered catching practice to Talbot at Mid On. What followed was possibly one of the most pathetic attempts to take a catch ever seen on a cricket field (Knowles et al, 2017) as the ball hit his chest (not a pair of hands in sight) and found its way to the Warrington turf. Finally after numerous expletives from the mouth of Knowles he took matters into his own hands and produced catch of the decade as the ball was patted back to him and in sheer disbelief managed to close the mitts just at the right time and sent the opener back to the shed. Jack Breheny had now come on at the other end and started well, tempting the batsmen into a number of loose shots that just evaded the fielders. From a precarious start with the scoreboard at 30-1 off 16 the Warrington batsman began to take the attack to Oxton and unfortunately the wheels really came off with a number of expensive overs. Suddenly out of nowhere 39 overs had passed and Warrington were 175-1 as the heavens opened and the players came off. Sat in the bar watching the opposition attempt to place a giant sheet over the wicket relegated Mike Talbots attempt at a catch to the second most pathetic thing seen all day. Once play continued The Warrington captain moved to 3 figures for one of the most undeserved hundreds in the history of this great sport. Whatever the opposite to ‘’chanceless’’ would be the best way to describe it and Warrington shortly declared on 245 leaving Oxton 51 overs to chase to the total down.

Knowles - 15-3-61-1
Tollady - 8-0-32-0
Breheny - 9-0-39-0
Andrews - 7-0-36-0
Filer E - 7-0-36-0
Talbot - 3-0-22-0

Eddie Filer & Rich Armstrong then set about chasing the total down. Warrington bowled tight lines and made it very difficult to score, mainly the aptly named opening bowler R.Swart (that's his real name). It was a fairly slow start by oxton and despite some nice shots, they greying Armstrong flashed at a woe one and was caught behind. We sadly fell well behind the required rate and even with some lusty blows from pingu Andrews after the departure of rich Armstrong it was always an uphill battle to reach the 245 required.

Tom Roden had a nervous and edgy start but kept the runs coming before he was bowled for 31. Thinking about reaching 170 for an extra batting point, the skipper played a rash shot by his standards loosing his wicket for just 4 runs bringing in Jack Breheny Who hit two 4's with a contribution of 11.

Kumar then saw out the game with opener Eddie who had been there from the start finishing on 80 after an equally poor fielding display from the home side which saw the South African escape about 5 drop catches during his innings.

It was disappointing to only take 4 points from the game having been the only team to have stopped Warrington from winning having won 6 out of 6 previously.

Oxton face a massive game to bottom of the league Stockport next week with 25 points in desperate need.

Scorecard

Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field

Warrington CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Simon Swain
Not Out
127
 
Tim Rothwell
ct. L Knowles, b. L Knowles
10
 
Tom Higham
Not Out
76
 
James Lewis
Did Not Bat
 
Robert Dempster
Did Not Bat
 
Alistair Begg
Did Not Bat
 
David Lee
Did Not Bat
 
Ryan Swart
Did Not Bat
 
Simon Hewitt
Did Not Bat
 
Chai Gadepalli
Did Not Bat
 
Phil Whelan
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
8w, 13b, 6lb, 5nb
32
Total
for 1 wickets 49 overs
245

Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Lewis Knowles
15
3
61
1
4.1
Liam Tollady
8
0
32
0
4.0
Jack Breheny
9
1
39
0
4.3
Callum Andrews
7
0
36
0
5.1
Eddie Filer
7
0
36
0
5.1
Mike Talbot
3
0
22
0
7.3

Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Eddie Filer
ct. C Gadepalli, b. D Lee
80
 
Richard Armstrong
ct. A Begg, b. S Hewitt
2
 
Callum Andrews
ct. S Hewitt, b. S Hewitt
24
 
Tom Roden
b. R Dempster
31
 
Ian Gauntlett
b. R Dempster
4
 
Jack Breheny
b. D Lee
11
 
Gunasekaran Kumar
Not Out
10
 
Edward Tilleard
Not Out
1
 
Liam Tollady
Did Not Bat
 
Mike Talbot
Did Not Bat
 
Lewis Knowles
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
3w, 6b, 4lb
13
Total
for 6 wickets 51 overs
176

Warrington CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Simon Hewitt
15
2
48
2
3.2
Ryan Swart
12
2
38
0
3.2
Phil Whelan
9
1
30
0
3.3
Chai Gadepalli
7
2
14
0
2.0
Robert Dempster
6
0
32
2
5.3
David Lee
2
1
4
2
2.0

Team selection

League round up

Other 2nd XI First Division results

Davenham CC - 2nd XI
136/5
134
Urmston CC - 2nd XI
Widnes CC - 2nd XI
149/8
150/1
Oulton Park CC - 2nd XI
Stockport CC - 2nd XI
155
263/5d
Cheadle CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI
Bramhall CC - 2nd XI
201
127

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