After a disappointing loss last week, Alderley Edge First XI gave their title chances a boost by dispensing with fourth placed Timperley in resounding fashion on Saturday at Moss Lane. In his second game as stand-in captain Charlie Reid won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. There was a tight period of play to begin the game with Alderley's potent opening attack of Hamish Winter-Irving and Richard Wilkinson restricting scoring opportunities for Timperley's top order who survived the opening 10 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Andrew Windle produced a miserly spell of seam bowling upon introduction to the attack, removing the dangerous Grant Hodnett and Tyrone Lawrence to leave Timperley at 56-3. The visitor's number 3 Abhishek Kulkarni batted through the innings to finish unbeaten on 38 but with Wilkinson and Winter-Irving operating in short bursts from the other end Kulkarni regularly lost partners, the visitors succumbing in 45 overs for a total of 118. Wilkinson finished with 4-44 and Winter-Irving 3-38 for the home side.
Alderley raced out of the blocks in reply, openers Calum Rowe and Alan Day both aggressive in punishing anything loose from Timperley's attack. The pair reached 70 before Day was stumped for 39, at which point Rowe accelerated the scoring to see Alderley home for the loss of three wickets with a superb 65 not out off just 61 balls. Cheshire seamer Jack White took 2-50 for the visitors in a losing cause.
In the Second XI fixture at Timperley, Alderley skipper Jon Usher lost the toss and was asked to bat first. Young opener George Bell responded well for the visitors compiling 42 at the top of the order with Jonny Scurrah who hit a brilliant 96 from number 3. The two propelled Alderley to a total of 204-9 off their 50 overs, Shahnawaz Khan taking 4-31 for the hosts. With the ball Alderley found the returning James Bateman in great form removing Timperley's top 4 before the score had reached 50. Bateman claimed 5-40 off 11 overs and teamed with Mark Warnes who returned 4-17 (his ten overs including 5 maidens) to roll the hosts over for 142 in the 35th over. Khan followed up his impressive spell with the ball by top scoring with 45 for Timperley.
In the Third XI fixture on Sunday, a weakened Alderley side was swept aside by Bramhall at Moss Lane. Asked to bat first, Chris Smith's side could only muster 58 which the visitors knocked off without any alarm.