Audlem hosted Audley on Saturday in their 3rd fixture of the season.
The toss was won by the away captain who asked Chris Shenton's men to bat 1st.
Without the in form Dan Butler and other potential opener Andy Rothwell, Callum Mcilveen was promoted up the order to open the batting with Skipper Shenton. Shenton departed for 7 with the score on 26. New recruit Irfan Sheik joined Mcilveen and the pair put on 30 before Sheik was out caught to the 1st ball of Lucy Shentons spell. The introduction of her and Owen Beswick slowe scoring down and brought the score to 65-2 at drinks.
Mcilveen signalled his intent of upping the rate after the break by hitting the 1st ball of the 21st over for 6. He was soon dismissed by the ever accurate Shenton by the ball of the day, one that swung in and nipped away clipping the top of the off stump. dismissing him for a well constructed 36. When she dismissed Tom Measures for 18 Shenton's figures of 3-15 from her 8 overs were congratulated by her team mates.
As Audlem tried to up the rate wickets began to fall regularly and 90-4 quickly became 114-7. A big hitting partnership between Dave Parkinson and Ron Paul raced the score to 137-7. Some good running and 26 from Paul got the Audlem score to 159-9 at the close of the innings.
As they went out to bowl the Audlem team knew they'd have to bowl and field well to be able to defend this score.
Swift, who turned 30 on the day, and Mcilveen started with the new ball and kept things tight for the 1st 10 overs but with no wickets, the score being 19-0. openers Birkin and Nield then started to enjoy the bowling of Paul and Humphries a bit more with Birkin playing the aggressor. When he fell for 31 to the bowling of Paul the away team were in the ascendancy. A couple more quick wickets pegged Audley back to 64-3 and the game was in the balance again. This however brought Ben Forster to the crease. He firmly put his foot down and started to find the boundary.
With the score at 115-5, Shenton turned back to the new ball partnership of Mcilveen and Swift. Mcilveen quickly removed Forster for 42 and then in his next over claimed 2 more scalps, leaving Audley reeling at124-8. This quickly became 124 all out with Swift removing the final two batters with the 1st 2 balls of the next over.
Mcilveen, Swift and Humphries all claimed 3 wickets in what was a hard fought victory. Audlem travel to Oakamoor this Saturday to face table topping Cheadle 3s.
Audlem's original opponents, Fenns Bank had to cry off early in the week due to members of their team being season ticket holders at Wrexham FC who had an important game on the day. An alternative game was hastily arranged against Alvanley CC from near Frodsham.
Alvanley decided to bat on a pleasant sunny afternoon with a decent firm track and fast outfield on offer and had ideas of a large total. That idea was soon put to bed by some accurate bowling and tight fielding by the Audlem lads who soon had their visitors in all kinds of trouble. They managed to claw their way to 95 all out but left 9 of their overs unused. The pick of the bowlers on the day was Irfan Shaik who claimed 4 wickets for 24 runs in his 7 overs. Irfan is a member of the Saturday X1 and has been selected solely for his batting in the league team this season so took the opportunity to display his talents with the ball to the watching Saturday skipper.
The meagre total proved to be well under par with the home team knocking off the runs with ease in only 22 overs although managing to lose 6 wickets in the process. Next Sunday Audlem are at home again with Malpas CC the visitors with a 1.00pm start
John Wainwright ( Audlem Cricket Club )