Oakmere take the 25 points with a well timed chase.
Arriving at Winnington Park, the ground looked in the great shape, and the weather was set fair, two things that haven’t often overlapped this season.
It all started so well, with Phelan winning the toss and inserting the opposition. For once, a tricky decision on what looked like, and proved to be, a tremendous track to bat on.
The two Matt’s started well, Park skipper Butcher snaffled at first slip by Jones off the bowling of Norton. The Oakmere openers continued to bowl well without any further wickets falling. Evans and Daly found their feet, and then the boundaries started to flow. Oakmere had an appeal for Daly caught behind turned down and that seemed to stir the Park overseas in to action, with some lovely stroke play.
A double change saw slow bowling pair Groves and Guest introduced in to the attack and it wasn’t too long until Evans (45) holed out of Groves to long-off. The Oakmere spinners then got on top of the Park batsmen, with several overs passing with the total not really ticking along.
A quick single taken to Alex Hodges at Mid-off was the downfall of Wales with a direct hit following an accidental collision with the bowler. Henry came and went for 6, stumped off the bowling of Guest, and John Bradley bowled for 1 by the same bowler. Sam Barnes and Daly then attempted to up the rate, and put some pressure on the fielders. Banners was dismissed for 5, attempted a second run by Oakmere skipper Phelan.
Daly in an attempt to achieve maximum batting points found the fence on several occasions, dispatching Guest for two sixes in to the club house. The spinner got his man in the penultimate over for 84, caught onto fence again seeking another maximum.
The final over went through without much trouble, and the home side finished 173-7 from their 45 overs.
Oakmere seemed to be making light work of the chase, after twenty overs, despite losing Alex Hodges early for 8, Jones and Phelan were finding the fence with great regularity and high boundary count, with no a lot of singles being run.
Wales picked up Phelan for a well made 42, and Jones (53) followed not too long after off the bowling of Amatiello. Stubbs made a quick fire 12, and youngster McDonnell was unable to get off the mark.
Guest joined Wood with the game in the balance, 55 runs still needed with 15 overs remaining. Wood soon found his form,and the boundary, punishing on anything loose. Guest took a bit of time to find his feet, but the two rotated the strike and got the score board ticking over. A couple of big overs with boundaries from Wood, and a six from Guest meant that the visitors were able to get home with 10 balls to spare, and 5 wickets still in hand.
A really well timed chase, with contributions all the way down. 5 massive matches left with it all to play for.