The poor weather severely impacted this week’s junior cricket with only one match played. The U13 side began its competitive season with a second round game in the knock-out Vitality ECB National Cup competition at home against a strong Bramhall side.
Losing the toss, AECC batted first and openers Stan Price and Alfie Usher got the innings off to a great start putting on 55 off the first 8 overs, before Alfie retired on 30. The runs continued to flow before Stan and Christian Smith were both out for 18 and Alderley then lost a further 3 quick wickets. The innings was brought back on track by an excellent unbroken 6th wicket stand between Sam Booth (29 not out) and Zac Farrer (10 not out) and Alderley ended the 20 overs with a very competitive total of 137 for 5.
The Bramhall reply never got going as Stan Price and James Waters removed their first 3 batsman with only 15 runs on the board. A good 4th wicket partnership steadied the Bramhall innings, but the run rate was always well below that required to threaten the Alderley score. Needing to accelerate the scoring proved the undoing of the Bramhall batsman as they collapsed from 56 for 3 to 62 all out in the 19th over. Alfie Usher taking 3 wickets, Zac Farrer 2, and Sevin Mithige 1, with 2 stumpings for Christian Smith.
AECC won by 75 runs.
Junior cricket continued with two U13 pre-season friendlies against Macclesfield.
In the first match AECC batted first. The innings struggled to get going with wickets falling at regular intervals. Will Burke-Jackson stabilised things, batting at 5 & top-scoring with a solid 19 before the tail wagged with the last 3 batsmen, Xander Hunter, Caolan Coulthurst and Anson Wong all reaching double figures. 102 all out, looked to be some way short of a defensible total.
The Macclesfield reply was always up with the required run-rate and whilst Alderley’s bowling restricted the flow of runs, they were unable to take enough wickets to put the visitors under pressure. Despite 2 wickets for Anson, and 1 for each of Caolan and Callum Richardson, Macclesfield reached their target with 2 overs left.
Macclesfield won by 6 wickets.
The second match saw Macclesfield win the toss and put AECC into bat. Alderley got off to a solid start with Stan Price and Alfie Usher putting on 28 for the first wicket before Stan was dismissed for 11. Alfie was joined by Christian Smith, and they accelerated the run rate, Alfie was eventually out for a well-made 28 and Christian retired on 30. The middle order then piled on the runs with good contributions from Simon Shadwell, James Waters, Angus Collins-Webb and James O’Brien taking Alderley to 139 off their 20 overs.
Macclesfield struggled from the outset of their innings and never looked likely to overhaul the Alderley total. Tight bowling and 2 early run-outs pegged Macclesfield back and only a steady 25 not out from Charlie Cresswell kept their innings going. Macclesfield finally reached 79 for 6 off their 20 overs.
Alderley Edge won by 60 runs.
Great start to the 2021 season - Alderley Edge U13 vs. Didsbury U13s - Alderley Edge won by 46 runs
AECC won the toss and elected to bat. The innings got off to a strong start with the home side reaching 85 for the loss of one wicket after 13 overs. Both Christian Smith and Stan Price retired, not out 33 and 32 respectively. The Didsbury bowlers slowed the run rate by taking 3 quick wickets, before a quick-fire 28 from Simon Shadwell took Alderley to 139 off the 20 overs.
The Didsbury reply was never up with the required run rate as Alderley’s opening bowlers took wickets at regular intervals and Simon Shadwell only conceding 3 runs off his 2 overs.
Sam Booth provided the highlight of the match when he came on to bowl late in the Didsbury innings and promptly took a hat-trick as Didsbury were bowled out for 93.