Oakmere 2nd XI, 210 for 4 in 45 overs, drew with Runcorn 2nd XI, 183 for 7 in 45 overs
Having missed out last week due to the Manchester weather, the 2s carried their form from the Lymm game into their match with Runcorn. Jonesy having lost the toss (again) we were asked to bat (again).
Peter Lee carried on where he’d left off against Lymm, but slower, batting through for 60 not out. Ciaran, Yoz, Jonesy and Nick all got starts but didn’t manage to push on. MS Doddy however provided the acceleration later in the innings, racing to 58 in 51 balls and dominating an unbroken partnership of 98 with Pete that took us to 210 for 4 in the 45 overs. The total was boosted by Runcorn contributing 34 extras as opener Conway had a meltdown day (2 wides and 14 from no balls in his 6 overs), the experienced Colin Lloyd showed how to do it, picking up an economical 2 for 35 in 12.
Dangerous & Matt were out of luck in their opening spells with the ball and the opening partnership of 63 between Scowcroft (26) and Bowen (33) was only broken by the introduction of Ciaran and a good catch by Pete. Then MS took the first of his 2 catches off Cush and both openers had gone at the same score. This brought together Watt and Ruane who threatened to take the game away from us with a partnership of 89 in 14 overs with Watt (67 off 45 balls) hitting the ball to all parts. The loss of Ruane (25) to MS’s second catch provided the breakthrough, but at 152 for 3 with 10 overs left, Runcorn were well in touch.
The return of Dave and Matt to the attack, bowling quickly in the gathering gloom changed the picture as Watt was cleaned up in Dave’s first over. Runcorn’s attempt to chase down the total was reduced to settling for maximum batting points by second spells of 2 for 16 (2 for 37 overall) from Dave and 1 for 13 (1 for 37 overall) from Matt, with MS chipping in with a run out (eventually completed by Pete, who also picked up another good catch) as they finished on 183 for 7.
Points: Oakmere 14, Runcorn 6.