The U9 side were in action against Davenham CC this week.
Alderley batted first against a strong Davenham attack with opening pair Freddie Nichols and Chace Ingoe adding 32 in their four overs. Hugo Blake followed up with a lively 20 runs, ably supported by William Shaw with some excellent running from the pair. Some fantastic bowling from Davenham towards the end of the innings limited Alderley’s ability to push on and 3 late wickets saw us finish with 261.
Davenham’s innings started brightly, adding quick runs whilst losing only 2 wickets in their first 8 overs. The middle of the innings saw Alderley fight back, taking 5 wickets in 4 overs through the bowling of Oliver Nichols (3), Chace Ingoe and Henry Fay. Sadly, it was not enough as Davenham’s final pairing hit a number of late boundaries to take the game away from us, finishing on 300.
Davenham CC won by 39 runs.
The U11 side played two CCCL games this week, winning them both.
First up against local rivals Macclesfield, AECC won the toss and asked Macclesfield to bat. Tight bowling throughout kept the opposition batters tied down and although wickets proved hard to come by, Alderley were able to restrict Macclesfield to a net score of 300 off their 20 overs. Ollie Spencer who bowled 2 maiden overs and Harry Boddy who only conceded 5 runs off his 2 overs being the pick of the bowlers.
The Alderley reply got off to a great start with Oscar Howarth leading the way with 23. Good contributions from Toby Clarke (17), Harry Hardcastle (11) and Seth Oliver-Williams (18), with ‘no outs’ ensured that the home side were able to make 145 for 5, a net score of 329, off their 20 overs.
AECC won by 29 runs.
Next up were Mobberley. AECC won the toss and batted first. The innings got off to a shaky start with runs difficult to come by and wickets falling at regular intervals. However, things changed dramatically when Seth Oliver-Williams came to the wicket. His 35 off 16 balls, together with 18 off 12 balls from Gus Murdock transformed the innings and with only 1 additional wicket being lost, Alderley closed on 152 for 5 for a net score of 332.
In reply Mobberley were quickly in trouble as the opening pair were dismissed 5 times. Runs proved increasingly difficult to come by and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. 2 wickets for each of Harry Boddy, Hugo Thompson, Gus Murdock, Tom Dyer and Ollie Spencer ensured that the home side were restricted to 72 for the loss of 13 wickets, yielding a net score of 216.
AECC won by 116 runs.
Thursday saw the U13 CCCL side taking on a strong Bowdon team in the semi-final of the ECB Vitality cup. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Alderley made a strong start, Alfie Usher retiring on 33, 20 from Stan Price and 19 from Christian Smith taking the score to 74 for the loss of only 1 wicket at a run a ball. The loss of Smith precipitated a middle order collapse as 4 wickets fell for the addition of only 10 runs. However, a quick-fire 22 of 13 balls from Max Clarke, supported by James O’Brien got the innings back on track, Alderley eventually closing on 126 for 8 off the 20 overs.
Bowdon made a steady start and although, never quite up with the required run-rate, they had plenty of wickets in-hand heading into the final 5 overs. Good knocks from Zac Thompson, Berty Richards and Leo Beesley, all of whom retired on 30, set the visitors up for what looked like a comfortable win. A run-out, quickly followed by a wicket for James O’Brien proved to be critical as the run rate slowed and Bowdon were left needing 6 off the final over to win. Stan Price was brought back on to bowl and he produced a fantastic final over taking a wicket and only conceding 3 runs as the visitors fell 2 runs short. A fantastic game of cricket.
AECC won by 2 runs.
The U13 sides played in 3 games this week and won them all.
The U13 CCCL side made the trip to the Wirral to face Neston for the first of the league play-off fixtures. AECC won the toss and batted. After a shaky start runs flowed with Alderley scoring at 10 an over as Christian Smith (34 retired off 20) and Simon Shadwell (31 retired off 14) took the Neston attack apart. Scoring slowed in the second half of the innings, but solid contributions from Max Clarke (23), Zac Farrer (13), Charlie Kaye (11 no) and Sam Booth (14 no) saw the total reach 156 for 4 at the end of 20 overs.
The Neston innings never got going and despite a good 30 from opener Adita Iyer, with only other batter getting into doubles figures, they were never threatening the Alderley total. James Waters (2 for 7) took 2 early wickets, before Alfie Usher (3 for 10) and Sevin Mithige (3 for 11) wrapped up the innings inside 17 overs. Neston 69 all out.
AECC won by 87 runs.
On the same evening the U13 SMCL team took on Lindow at Moss Lane. Batting first, Lindow scored 130 for 7 off their 20 overs with Harry Bolton (35, retired) and Theo Lingard (33, retired) the main contributors. Wickets were shared across the Alderley bowlers with 1 each for James O’Brien, Caolan Coulthurst, Oscar Howarth and Toby Clarke and 2 for Ghazi Abbas.
Alderley’s reply got off to a great start as both openers, Callum Ricardson and Angus Collins-Webb retired on 30. James O’Brien (26 no) and Oscar Howarth (21 no) then put together an unbroken partnership to see Alderley home with 2 overs spare. AECC finishing on 131 for 1.
AECC won by 9 wickets.
Sunday saw the U13 CHPL team visiting Langley. Winning the toss, AECC batted first and got off to a quick start. With Angus Collins-Webb (25), Max Clarke (28) and Sevin Mithige (28) all retiring and good contributions from Callum Richardson (17) and Caolan Coulthurst (14) saw Alderley compile an imposing 147 for 3 off their 20 overs.
Despite a good knock from Hayden Oliver, Alderley’s bowlers were on top through out and restricted scoring opportunities to a minimum for the home side. Langley eventually being dismissed for 108 with 2 wickets a piece for Arthur Scrase, Xander Hunter and Angus Collins-Webb and 1 each for Max Clarke, Ted Black and Sevin Mithige.
AECC won by 39 runs.
The U15 SML team continued its season with a trip to near neighbours Lindow on Monday evening.
Alderley won the toss and put the home side into bat. The Lindow batters were immediately under pressure as Alderley’s opening bowlers removed the first 3 with less than 30 on the board. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Matt Murthy (3 for 7) and Max Wilson (2 for 4) doing most of the damage. Five other bowlers each took a wicket as Lindow were bowled out for 87 in the 19th over.
The Alderley opening pair of Dan Woolf and Christian Smith began brightly. Runs coming at a brisk rate well above that required. The Lindow bowlers were never able to get a foothold in the game as the opening pair put on 86 for the first wicket in only 8 overs before Dan retired on 40 not out. Christian was left 33 not out as Ollie Farrer came in to hit the winning boundary.
AECC won by 10 wickets.
Sunday’s U15 match saw Bramhall visit Moss Lane for a CCL fixture. AECC batted first and despite losing a couple of early wickets, Christian Smith and Alfie Usher moved the score along quickly, Smith eventually retiring on 35 off 22 balls and Usher retiring on 38. Quick runs from the lower order allowing Alderley to close on 125 for 6 off the 20 overs.
The Bramhall reply got off to a good start, but Charlie Platt coming on first change produced a devastating spell of bowling taking 3 for 9 off 3 overs, to reduce Bramhall to 37 for 4 with half the overs completed. Bramhall were never able to recover as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals; Max Wilson (2 for 10), Sam Booth (2 for 7) and Matt Murthy (1 for 4) wrapped up the innings. Bramhall all out for 76.
AECC won by 49 runs.
The U13 sides had another mixed week winning one and losing one match.
The U13 SM team faced Cheadle in what turned out to be a very one-sided affair. Having won the toss and elected to bat, two early run-outs saw Alderley slump to 20 for 4, before James O’Brien steadied the innings with a solid 25. However, once James had retired the innings quickly subsided with a third run-out contributing to the loss of the remaining 5 wickets, with the side all out for 58.
This target never looked competitive and Cheadle cruised to an easy win losing only 2 wickets in the chase.
Cheadle won by 8 wickets.
The side returned to winning ways as they took on Stockport Georgians in the quarter-final of the Vitality ECB National cup competition. Alderley won the toss and elected to bat. Runs flowed from the start. A solid 30 not out from Alfie Usher provided the base as the top order all scored quickly, highlighted by a fantastic innings of 35 of only 13 balls from Simon Shadwell. The innings closed on 147 for the loss of 4 wickets.
The Stockport Georgians’ batters struggled to get anywhere near the required run rate and despite moving to 65 for the loss of only 1 wicket, the visitors were always under pressure for runs. A flurry of 4 quick wickets reduced Stockport to 69 for 5 at the end of the 16th over, at which point the game was effectively over. The Stockport reply eventually getting to 91 in their 20 overs. The pick of the Alderley bowlers was Sevin Mithige with 2 for 8 off his 2 overs.
AECC won by 56 runs.
The weather finally relented and the U15 season finally got underway this week with two games; one in the SM league away at Hale Barns and a home game in the CC league against Toft.
The match against Hale Barns saw Alderley bat first. Despite the loss of an early wicket the innings got off to an excellent start with Dan Woolf and Arthur Scrase scoring freely. The unfortunate run-out of Dan for a well-made 28, followed shortly by Arthur for 18, precipitated a mid-order collapse with two further wickets falling in quick succession. However, an excellent partnership of 54 for the 6th wicket between James Waters, 24, and Simon Shadwell 45 not out, got the innings back on track. Alderley reaching 161 for 6 off the 20 overs.
Tight bowling throughout kept the Hale Barns reply under control. Whilst wickets proved hard to come by, the Alderley total never looked under threat. Hale Barns eventually reaching 106 for 4 off their 20 overs.
AECC won by 55 runs.
Sunday’s match saw Toft visit Moss Lane for a CCL fixture. Toft batted first and were soon in trouble as Charlie Platt and Max Wilson each took a wicket to reduce the visitors to 14 for 2. As Alderley continued to rotate the bowlers, wickets continued to fall until a partnership of 60 between George Galvin and Jasper Hines stabilised the innings. Toft finally closing on 104 for 5 off the twenty overs. Simon Shadwell the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 7 off his 2 overs.
The Alderley reply got off to a fast start with Laurie Lee taking 14 off the first over. However, it didn’t last as Lee was out for 18. Alfie Usher and Christian Smith then put together a partnership of 50 in quick time, before Smith was out for 25. Usher continued to anchor the innings and despite the loss of a couple of quick wickets, and Usher being dismissed for 34 with 8 further runs required, Alderley cruised to a 5 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.
AECC won by 5 wickets.
The U13 HP side finally got their season started with a game away at Prestbury.
A young AECC side, with 5 from our U11 squad playing, batted first. Alfie Usher, James Waters and Zach Farrer all retired having reached 25+ together with solid contributions of 17 from Xander Hunter and 14 not out from Dan Thomas resulted in Alderley scoring 140 for 6 off our 20 overs.
Alderley’s bowling attack, with the U11s leading the way, never let the Prestbury batters settle and wickets fell at regular intervals. Opening the bowling, Oscar Howarth set the tone by taking a wicket in his second over and, coming on first change, Toby Clarke took a wicket with his first ball. Further wickets fell to Gus Murdock and Harry Boddy, before Zach Farrer (2) and Alfie Usher (3) cleaned up the tail, with Prestbury all out for 76.
AECC won by 64 runs.
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.
The U13 Cheshire County League had a mixed week winning two and losing one match.
First up were our local rivals Macclesfield in our first CCL game of the season. Alderley won the toss and asked Macclesfield to bat. Tight bowling from Alderley’s front line bowlers had Macclesfield in some trouble at 45 for 4 at the end of the 13th over. However a excellent 5th wicket stand saw 60 runs scored off the next 6 overs and the Macclesfield innings closed on 111 for 5 of the 20 overs. Simon Shadwell was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 16 off his 4 overs.
Alderley’s reply got off to a terrible start with both openers out before the score had reached double figures. Christian Smith then took the attack to the opposition plundering 35 off 15 balls, including 4 sixes, before retiring with the score on 52 for 2 off 5 overs. At this point the home side looked to be well in control, before a batting collapse saw the remaining 7 wickets fall for the addition of only 22 runs.
Macclesfield won by 37 runs.
The side returned to winning ways the following evening as they took on Lindow in the third round of the Vitality ECB National cup competition. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. However they were soon in trouble as Sam Booth and Simon Shadwell reduced Lindow to 19 for 3. Despite a spirited 22 from Harry Bolton, Lindow continued to struggle with wickets falling at regular intervals. Zac Farrer with 3 wickets and Alfie Usher and Angus Collins-Webb with 1 each closed out the innings with the visitors 65 for 8 at the end of their 20 overs.
65 never looking likely to be enough and despite the loss of Stan Price for 11, Alfie Usher, 24 not out and Christian Smith 21 not out saw the home side to victory, and a place in the quarter-finals, in less than half the allotted overs.
AECC won by 9 wickets.
Sunday’s match saw Bramhall visit Moss Lane for a CCL fixture. In what turned out to be almost an exact repeat of the ECB cup game two weeks previously, Alderley batted first and put together a solid score of 137 for 8 off the 20 overs. Good contributions coming from Stan Price who retired on 30, Christian Smith with a quick-fire 25, Sam Booth a patient 23 and Dan Thomas an excellent 19 towards the end of the innings.
Tight bowling from Alderley’s opening bowlers kept the scoring under control, however the Bramhall openers, with the benefit of 3 dropped catches, took their partnership to 38 before Alderley finally hung onto a chance. The loss of the first wicket triggered a major collapse as Alderley took the next 7 wickets for the addition of only 29 runs. Only Arjun Kunjoor with an excellent 30 offering any resistance as the Bramhall innings closed on 73 for 8. The pick of the bowlers was Dan Thomas with 2 for 4 off his 2 overs.
AECC won by 64 runs.
The poor weather has continued to impact this week’s junior cricket, but two matches were played.
The U9 side played their first game in the Cheshire County league at Toft. Batting first, Alderley scored 284 only losing 2 wickets in the process. Everyone contributed with the bat, but Chace Ingoe (19) and Hugo Blake (16) produced the standout performances.
In reply Toft lost wickets at regular intervals and were never threatening the Alderley total. All the bowlers bowled well to contain the Toft batters with 6 bowlers taking a wicket each as the home side innings ended on 268. A great start for the boys.
AECC won by 16 runs.