Sunday 18th June: Heaton Mersey U15 62/2 (12.0) beat Langley 58 all out (16.3) – Cheshire league: Plate (Scorecard)
Our most complete performance in the field saw us bowl out our opponents in the 17th over, restricting them to just 58. There was some excellent bowling from our attack, with Flynn and Ryan picking up a couple of wickets each, and a really sharp run-out from Abdul.
The only thing that could stop us was the weather; however, the gods were smiling on us and the rain stayed away long enough for us to knock off the required runs, finishing with a six from Hunain to win it in the 12th over.
Sunday 25th June: Heaton Mersey U15 129 all out (17.4) lost to Pott Shrigley U15 140/5 (20) by 11 runs – High Peak league: Championship (Scorecard)
It was frustrating not to win this game, but there were some good individual performances to be proud of. In particular, there were two retirements with the bat, which built us a great platform, but we just couldn’t see it home. There were a couple of wickets for Ryan, who was left stranded with the bat at the end. Man of the match for me was Abubakar, with an unbeaten retirement and some good death bowling to repair some of the earlier damage. On to the next one.
Sunday 2nd July: Bramhall U15 91/3 (20) lost to Heaton Mersey U15 104/7 (20) by 13 runs – Cheshire league: Plate (Scorecard)
Victory over Bramhall was ground out in an attritional game which reflected the drizzly weather. Our top five batsmen all got themselves into double figures without anyone really kicking on the deliver a big score. Unlike most of our games this season, boundaries were scarce, in part due to some excellent field positioning by their umpire / captain…
Defending a total of 104 was going to require some tight bowling, and fortunately we delivered with the ball. We got few wickets but there was some great economy, with 9 of our players getting a bowl. Luke and Shayan were just about the pick of the attack, leaving Bramhall 10 runs short of the target.
Wednesday 5th July: South West Manchester U15 117/5 (18.2) beat Heaton Mersey U15 11/3 (20) by 5 wickets – High Peak league: Championship (Scorecard)
It was a good game last night at SWMC, despite the defeat, with some squad rotation and all 11 contributing well. Sharp fielding and some decent bowling by the opposition restricted us to 113, which was probably 20 short of what we'd hoped for on a big pitch. There were decent knocks from James (28), Harry (23), Will (34) and Ryan (13 not out). However, a few too many wides, no-balls and a couple of misfields helped South West Manchester knock off the required runs in the 19th over. There were wickets for James, Ahmed, Ryan and Joe.
Sunday 9th July: Heaton Mersey 80/1 (17.1) beat Timperley 78 all out (19.3) by 9 wickets – Cheshire league: Plate (Scorecard)
It was a great performance from the lads as we demolished Timperley. We were fantastic with the ball in hand, restricting the opposition to less than 80. Ryan took out their openers with the ball before clinging on to two great catches, neither which were as good as Harry’s one-handed take behind the stumps.
Flynn then took three wickets to leave them really struggling before Irfan wrapped up the tail. With a low target, our openers set about getting the game finished early, with all four striking at over 100, and Luke and Hunain hitting some massive sixes. Let’s have the same again next week, please.