1st XI win at Kerridge off last ball
With the last ball of the match Kerridge required 3 runs to beat Audlem with one wicket remaining, but Audlem held their nerve and the last man was run out after the ball had hit the stumps via the wicket-keeper's pads as Kerridge attempted to scramble the winning runs.
This followed earlier drama as skipper Chris Shenton had to retire hurt with a bruised finger, came back later to complete a fighting half-century, only to be hit on the finger again and finally having to retire hurt with 52 not out. Audlem eventually made 213-4 with contributions from Tom Measures (39), Gareth Pritchard (28 not out), Andrew Capper (23) and Paul Dean (20).
Lyndon Woodcock took 6-73 for Audlem as Kerridge were reduced to 210-9 in reply and then capped a fine performance by running out the last batsman to win the match.
Although Audlem 1st now have a healthy lead at the top of division 3, the bad news is that Chris Shenton is probably out of action for two or three weeks and the next two matches are against the sides lying second and third in the division.
2nd XI earn useful draw at Styal.
A tactical battle was the order of the day as Audlem 2nds travelled to Styal for a top of the table clash and came away with a hard earned draw as their reward. Captain John Wainwright won the toss and decided to insert the opposition on what looked a green top bowler friendly wicket. Some 42 overs later as Styal posted 202 for 7 declared he was able to reflect on his decision during a quieter than usual tea interval. Ever reliable Roy Wild bowled manfully against some fine batting from the home side to finish with figures of 6 for 81 off 21 overs, as batsman Brian Middleton played a delightful innings of 82 well supported by a belligerent 44 from Bradley Sloan who must have to inform the nearby air traffic controllers before his entrance to the arena.
Set a large total to chase, the batting this week had much more discipline as all the early batsmen grafted for runs to gain valuable points in the promotion push. A fine innings from Leo North who finished unbeaten on 55 was the mainstay of Audlem's reply as they closed on 158 for 6 off 48 overs.
Audlem gained 7 points for their efforts to keep their promotion push on track. Next week the second XI travel to the scenic ground of Langley near Macclesfield.
Links for full results and tables
audlem.play-cricket.com for full results
cheshireca.play-cricket.com for tables
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