Audlem travelled to local rivals Sandbach for an important fixture at the top of the table. Knowing they have to win all three remaining fixtures to ensure promotion skipper Chris Shenton won the toss and elected to field.
20 overs in and this looked a bad decision! Despite a wicket a piece for opening bowlers Mcilveen and Swift young left hand opener Ben Collett was in imperious form. With the help of fellow youngster Tilly Kesteven Sandbach moved to 84 for 2 at the drinks break with a 200 plus total looking possible.
It was the introduction of spin twins Parkinson and Humphries that changed the course of the game though. Humphries removed Collett for an exceptional 57 and, that was one of three victims to the veteran left armer. At the other end par time off spinner Parkinson grabbed four for 24. Only two other Sandbach batsman made double figures and ex Audlem player Stu Elkes was eventually left stranded. Sandbach all out for 132.
Audlem knew it would be a difficult chase on a slow turning track against the young Sandbach spinners. Despite a good start from Butler (22) and Rothwell (18) wickets fell at regular intervals. It was left to the returning Tom Measures to to keep the Audlem ship afloat. A calm, composed 46 not out saw Audlem home with three overs to spare and five wickets in hand.
All at Audlem would like to thank Sandbach and especially their skipper Laurence Bowyer for all their support on what was a difficult day for everyone. It was a wonderful game played in great spirit.
Audlem travel to Betley next week to face the newly crowned league winners trying to cement that second promotion spot.