Forties Focus - Issue 3
A HANGOVER from heavy rain earlier in the week left many grounds sodden and only five games were played in the opening programme of OVER FORTIES fixtures on Wednesday, May 2.
There was no play at all in the West Division, including the Caldy v Weaverham fixture which had already been postponed until Tuesday, May 15 by mutual agreement.
So not a ball was bowled in Irby v Tattenhall Wreckers; Oxton v Neston and Upton v Chester Blazers’ games.
The situation was not much better in the newly-enlarged South-East zone although new boys Hyde registered a nine wickets victory against Bramhall in the only game played. Bramhall were restricted to 108-7, old favourite Stuart Stoneman top-scoring with 31. To which an ominously strong-looking Hyde batting line up replied with 112-1, Craig Young (33), Jason Whittaker (30) and David Mayne (30) all making their mark.
There was consolation for some in the cancellation of Poynton Legends v Offerton as many players got to Edgeley Park in time to see Stockport County’s National league play-off against Chorley. Unfortunately for them, County lost 1-0.
Starts were not possible in Alderley Edge Wizards v Macclesfield and Woodley v Bredbury Saints games.
There was better fortune for Central Division players with three of the four games played The match off was that of 2017 champions Grappenhall visit to Mobberley,
Warrington won by five wickets at Ashley, after restricting their hosts to a modest 93 (Lloyd 30, Blakey a best of day 6-30); Warrington 95-5 (Higham 30).
Mr. Blakey thus wins the first Forties’ first Player of the Week accolade.
Highest team total was posted by Davenham Dodgers, with 172-3 at the expense of Timperley at Butcher’s Stile. New skipper Simon Freedman scored 33, Phil Sharples, 31 and Dam Murphy 30. Timperley replied with 141, Steve Beech 33 and Jason Coad 30, while Mike Couris took 3-31.
Toft beat Ashton on Mersey Vikings by 10 wickets at Booth’s Park after dismissing their visitors for 61, Jim Bishop 3-10. New skipper Simon Hardstaff, 27, led the host’s reply.
In the North-East Division, Urmston Tigers rattled up 140-6 at home to Bowdon Vale Vikings, Stuart Higginbottom and Chris Turner both scoring 30. Vale replied with 113-7, Gareth Roberts 35.
There was a tight finish to the derby clash between Brooklands and Sale Silverbacks. The home side could not have fancied their chances after being held to 89-9 from a reduced 18 overs innings. Sale were then dismissed for 78, losing by 11 runs.
Bowdon v Whalley Rangers and Cheadle Hulme v Cheadle never got started.