Audlem continued their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing victory over local rivals Onneley. The Cheshire outfit made the trip into Shropshire buoyed with confidence after a comprehensive win against Endon the previous week.
With skipper Chris Shenton unavailable, fellow opening batter Dan Butler took the reins. Despite losing the toss, the deputy captain's first job was to face the new ball as Sakander called correctly and inserted the visitors on a green top.
Butler and Rothwell batted beautifully, with a mix of elegant strokeplay and power hitting to get the Gorse Croft outfit off to a flyer. Onneley rang the bowling changes but there was no combination that could stop the onslaught from the Audlem opening pair. Audlem raced to 55 after the first 10 overs. Onnley's breakthrough came in the 11th over when Butler was bowled by Nusrat for 21. This brought Toraman to the crease.
Although Audlem did not know that the time, this would prove to be the beginning of the match winning partnership. Toraman's calypso swagger complimented Rothwell's powerful hitting. The pair added countless boundaries and combined to add a further 83 runs for the 2nd wicket. Toraman fell agonisingly short of what would have been a thoroughly deserved half-century but the platform was set for a big Audlem total. Rothwell was dismissed soon after for an outstanding 79 off just 74 balls. A knock that included 9 fours and 4 huge 6s.
Measures and Salisbury both added to the scoreboard. Salisbury hit a straight 6 so big it landed on the golf course car park across the road! Irfan Shaik and Dave Parkinson then joined together at the crease to push the run rate on. Shaik finished on 17 not out and Parkinson 18 not out from just 10 balls. Audlem finished on a mammoth 228-5 off their 40 overs. A fantastic batting display.
Any chance of a nervy 2nd innings were quickly evaporated thanks to the lethal new ball bowling attack of Jayan and Swift. The pair combined to blow way the Onneley top order. After just 8 overs of the Onneley innings they were staring down the barrel at 18-5. Swift had helped himself to 3 and Jayan 2. Saini Nair came into the attack and picked up a wicket in his first over a Onneley fell further behind the game at 20-6. An outstanding bit of fielding from Irfan Shaik ran out Onneley all rounder Joseph with a direct hit. At 32-7 Audlem must have thought an early beer was on the cards. Onneley skipper Sakander played freely and aggressively to counter attack the Audlem onslaught. He blasted a quick fire 39 not out to go with his 2 wickets in a fine individual performance. Unfortunately for him, he didn't find much support and Onneley were dismissed for just 77 in a little over 20 overs. Captain Butler and Sebin Sunny picked up a wicket a piece. It was then left to the returning Jayan to pick up his 3rd wicket of the match. His quick inswinger yorker destroyed the stumps and finished the game for Audlem in style.
There is little doubt who takes the player of the match award. Andrew Rothwell take a bow. A match-winning performance. 79 glorious runs, well batted!
Audlem's unbeaten start to the season will be put to the test when they welcome Cheadle to Gorse Croft. Cheadle are also unbeaten this season. Can Audlem continue their winning streak? Join us for a 1pm start on Saturday 27th May.
Audlem's Sunday team came out on the wrong side of a high scoring thriller in their home friendly with Middlewich. Audlem posted an impressive 242-7 with Parkinson top scoring with 93 not out. Middlewich chased down the total in the final over to sneak home by 4 wickets. A great game played in a great spirit against our friends at Middlewich.
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