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Senior's Roundup - 2024 Season - Week 6

Senior's Roundup - 2024 Season - Week 6

Mike Dodd5 Jun - 16:04
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Another week in the books!

Week 6 of the 2024 season saw our first double header for the Men's Saturday sides and fixtures for the Women's 1st XI and Men's 3rd XI on Sunday.

Oakmere Men's 1st XI (82 ao) vs Christleton 1st XI (118 ao) - Christleton won by 36 runs

At Overdale Lane on Saturday, the Men's 1st XI hosted Christleton with the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat. Matt Worsdale got Oakmere off to a fantastic start, taking two wickets in two balls in the sixth over and taking a further wicket in his next over to leave Christleton 17/3. Worsdale bowled his 10 overs unchanged, finishing his spell with 3/9 including 6 maidens and just 4 runs off the bat. Benedict Verma's (2/23) introduction to the attack saw two further wickets fall before Ethan Yeo picked up his first as Christleton found themselves 74/6. A seventh wicket rally saw the score move past the century mark but James Hodkinson made the breakthrough with the score on 111. Yeo (2/27) and Hodkinson (3/19 from 10 overs) cleaned up the lower order as Christleton were all out for 118.

It was not a good day for Oakmere for the bat, falling to 14/6 early on. Matt Worsdale (32) and Craig Phelan rallied to take the score from 48/8 towards the 100 mark, but both fell with the score on 82 to see Christleton take the victory.

Christleton 2nd XI (75 ao) vs Oakmere Men's 2nd XI (266/7) - Oakmere won by 191 runs

In the reverse fixture at Christleton, Oakmere were asked to bat first after losing the toss. Despite the early loss of Jack Mackin, Nathan Gee and Dave Purcell took the attack to the Christleton bowlers, taking advantage of any loose deliveries with aplomb. The pair put on 120 runs together in 20 overs before Purcell fell for a well made 38. Gee continued, hitting some enormous sixes before being dismissed for 85 attempting a reverse sweep. His dismissal brought Ian Eaton to the crease who batted in typical elegant fashion as Harry Poole (8), Paul Guilford (21) and Mike Dodd (14) all came and went. Eaton made 60 before being dismissed trying to push the score on further towards the end of the innings. Dan Faulkner (7*) and Matt Howard (5*) added further runs as Oakmere closed on an imposing 266/7.

Momentum was with Oakmere and an early wicket for Matt Howard boosted that further. The second wicket partnership fought hard against testing opening spells from Howard and Ethan Mackin, but this was broken with the score on 32 with an excellent diving catch from Jack Mackin off brother Ethan's bowling. Howard (3/21) found the edge twice before Mackin (2/31) got a further wicket to leave Christleton 49/5. Oakmere turned to spin in Harry Poole and Sean McDonnell and both shared the remainder of the wickets finishing with 3/15 and 2/6 respectively as Christleton were all out for 75.

Oakmere Women's 1st XI (73 ao) vs Didsbury 1st XI (132 ao) - Didsbury won by 59 runs

The Women's 1st XI hosted reigning champions Didsbury on Sunday, with the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat. Didsbury's openers got off to a good start but Sarah Worsdale (1/28) and Nat Lyons (1/28) struck in quick succession to reduce Didsbury to 29/2. The third wicket stand took the score past 50 before sisters Amy (3/30) and Becky Jones (3/19) ripped through the middle order before Kerry Hartnett (1/2) and Sophie Connor (1/17) finished things off with the Didsbury score on 132.

Oakmere struggled to get going with the bat against some tidy Didsbury bowling. At 20/4 early on, Leah Holland (12) batted patiently before being adjudged LBW with the score on 35. Kerry Hartnett (14) and Nat Lyons (8) formed a nice partnership which was threatening to really get going before Lyons was unfortunate to pick out a fielder with a strong pull shot. With the required run rate rising, Oakmere attempted to get back in it, but it was to no avail as they were bowled out for 73.

Congleton 4th XI (157 ao) vs Oakmere Men's 3rd XI (161/7) - Oakmere won by 3 wickets

The Men's 3rd XI travelled to Congleton on Sunday afternoon, winning the toss and electing to field. Tight bowling by the opening pair of Mathew Giles and Tom Court (5 overs for 0 runs) saw the home team at 16/2 by the end of the 10th over courtesy of a double wicket maiden for Mathew Giles. Percy Bratherton and Cameron Giles (1/35) took over bowling duties, with Jimmy Sidebottom taking a stumping off Cameron to make the breakthrough at 46/3. Sidebottom (0/14) swapped the gloves for the ball, bowling a tidy spell in partnership with George Warburton (1/26) who took his maiden senior wicket to break the fourth wicket partnership on 64/4. A near 50 run fifth wicket partnership was broken by the returning Mathew Giles (3/39) before Aaron Court brought himself into the attack, taking 3/12 in 5 overs to reduce the home side to 144/8. Percy (1/15 from 6 overs) returned to the attack to take his first senior wicket and Ian Bett (1/1) closed things out in the final over with the score on 157.

Oakmere came out to bat with Hamish Warburton and Cameron Giles at the helm, having a steady start until Hamish fell for 4, bringing Aaron to the crease. Aaron and Cameron started to build a partnership before Cameron was bowled for 16. Will Hardie (5), Ian (0) and George (1) all came and went, leaving Oakmere in trouble at 62/5. Adrian Watts joined Aaron at the crease and did a sterling job of supporting Aaron whilst he built his innings further. Adrian was next to fall for 1, but by this time the scored had risen to 121. Jimmy was run out for 0 with the score on 137/7 but Aaron remained and was supported to the end by Percy, with Aaron sealing the victory in the 38th over with a boundary to finish on an excellent unbeaten 116.

This was another great performance from the Men's 3rd XI with seniors and juniors combining well and supporting one another. George and Percy's maiden senior wickets will stand them in good stead for the future, but the highlight was seeing Aaron captain the side and bring up his second century for the club, with his personal best 116*.

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