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Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI
Widnes CC - 2nd XI
Sat 12 May 13:00 - Cheshire County Cricket League - 2nd XI First Division Start time 13:00

Nim & Perry Go Large

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A batting masterclass from the two openers saw Oxton cruise to a 10 wicket victory against Widnes

Following on from a fantastic performance in an away performance at Bowdon resulting in a comprehensive 8 wickets, the 2s faced a Widnes side at home looking to make it 2 on the trot and continue to build up some momentum. Widnes elected to bat after winning the toss, a decision that suited the Oxton skipper.

Just before moving on, update thanks to Lewis Knowles that Tranmere Won 2-1.

Opening from the box end, Steve Williams bowled well and was somewhat unfortunate to finish with only 1 wicket in his opening spell of 7 overs, as he removed Wearden LBW for 5. At the pavilion end, Sanjeev plugged away on a length producing multiple false shots and beating the bat with multiple late swinging deliveries, and deserved more from his opening spell.

Following good work from the two Oxton openers in the earlier parts of their spells, the pressure somewhat released, and Gauntlett introduced Alex McIntosh and Rhino just prior to the drinks break. Widnes reached drinks 71 for 1 after 19 overs and looked to be well set.

Drinks break normally don't work out as well, as this one did, but first ball after drinks, Rhino, known for his ability to bowl pies, and place his team mates in danger, dragged down a long hop, that nearly sent poor Alex McIntosh into the tennis courts. However, Alex, Body on the Line, Feet in the Way, McIntosh, clung on, and the well set Webb departed for a brisk 36.

What followed was 12 overs of sustained pressure as Widnes starting losing wickets whilst the score was going nowhere. Rhino struck with another of those infamous pies (steak and kidney by all accounts) as Culett was LBW and following multiple fantastic touches from Macca preventing boundaries, the Widnes skipper tried to force one too many and drove the ball to a rather accepting Steve Williams at Mid Off for 32. 71-1 at drinks became 73-3 and then 81-4. Widnes started to rebuild before Buckley chipped a skier just after drinks to the man who holds the title for Oxton's greatest moustache, one G Kumar. 107-5

Sanjeev replaced the fantastic Alex McIntosh who finished with excellent figures of 9 overs, 4 maidens 0-26. And following the revaluation of overs remaining, Steve Williams replaced Sanjeev and both continued the excellent pressure from the Box End.

What followed was a patient revival from the Widnes pair as they showed they were attempting to protect a youngish tail as they struggle with selection issues. Following Rhinos 15 overs of The Good, The Bad and the Filthy and him requiring large quantities of oxygen, Sanjeev returned and continued his excellent performance alongside new ball partner Steve.

Widnes reached 149-5 when Steve Williams deservedly gained another wicket as an inside edge flew to Nim standing up, ricocheted off his gloves and back onto the stumps with the batsman outside of his crease. Wearden stumped for 42.

That exposed a youngish tale, and left one set batsmen to steer Widnes to a total, and when Sanjeev Bowled Burns for 0 for his first second team wicket and Dean holed out to Jimmy Fraser for 30, Widnes were 154-8 and reached the 50 overs at 156-8.

In reply, Gauntlett opened with the youth and experience as Nim and Jack Perry opened up the home innings.
What ensued was a batting masterclass from the pair as quality shots were combined with lustful blows. Nim survived a close stumping and Jack received a couple of chances but remained calm and maximised his bit of luck with some glorious straight drives.
Both brought up half centuries in style and continued to press on. Jack 78* and Nim 59 steered the boys home after 29 overs with a 10 wicket win.

The 2s now sit 5th in league on 57, 23 points behind 2nd place Upton and 43 points behind leaders Cheadle. The 2s travel away to Warrington next week, hoping to make it 3 in a row.

Scorecard

Widnes CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Widnes CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Billy Webb
ct. A McIntosh, b. J Fairclough
36
 
Tim Wearden
b. S Williams
5
 
Philip Catterall
ct. S Williams, b. J Fairclough
32
 
Alex Curlett
lb. J Fairclough
1
 
James Wearden
st. N Subhedar, b. S Williams
42
 
Andrew Buckley
ct. G Kumar, b. J Fairclough
3
 
Stephen Dean
ct. J Fraser, b. S Williams
30
 
Louis Burns
b. S Rath
0
 
George Harry
Not Out
0
 
Francis Bowers
Not Out
2
 
Harry Baldwin
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
3b, 2lb
5
Total
for 8 wickets 50 overs
156

Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Steve Williams
14
2
44
3
3.1
Sanjeev Rath
12
2
35
1
2.9
Alex McIntosh
9
4
26
0
2.9
Johnathan Fairclough
15
3
46
4
3.1

Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Nim Subhedar
Not Out
59
 
Jack Perry
Not Out
78
 
Liam McNamara
Did Not Bat
 
Ian Gauntlett
Did Not Bat
 
Gunasekaran Kumar
Did Not Bat
 
Tom Roden
Did Not Bat
 
James Fraser
Did Not Bat
 
Johnathan Fairclough
Did Not Bat
 
Steve Williams
Did Not Bat
 
Sanjeev Rath
Did Not Bat
 
Alex McIntosh
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
2w, 12b, 6lb
20
Total
for 0 wickets 29 overs
157

Widnes CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Francis Bowers
10
1
41
0
4.1
Stephen Dean
6
2
16
0
2.7
Billy Webb
6
2
19
0
3.2
George Harry
2
0
24
0
12.0
Louis Burns
3
0
21
0
7.0
Harry Baldwin
2
0
18
0
9.0

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other 2nd XI First Division results

115
128
Sale CC - 2nd XI
Stockport Georgians CC - 2nd XI
164
53
Cheadle CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI
57/0
53
Bramhall CC - 2nd XI
109/4
108/9
Urmston CC - 2nd XI
141
190/8

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League table

# Team Pts
6. Warrington CC - 2nd XI 298
7. Bowdon CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI 274
8. Oxton CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI 271
9. Urmston CC - 2nd XI 261
10. Brooklands CC, Cheshire - 2nd XI 248
11. Widnes CC - 2nd XI 223
12. Tattenhall CC - 2nd XI 208

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