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27/05/17 at home v Northwich. ACC 202/9, NCC 206/6. Lose 10 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley and Northwich fought out a thrilling game at Frodsham Road on Saturday, a game whose fortunes swung dramatically one way and another until in the final over the last twist saw the visitors run out winners.

A belting pitch housed this game and Alvanley were grateful to have first bat on it. Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles batted with caution at first against an accurate spin / seam combination operating with the new ball. Gradually they worked the ball into gaps to lift the rate and then came some crisp bounadries as drinks came with the pair still in command at 91/0.

The 28th over saw the first wicket as Charles was stumped over balancing for a typically aesthetic and hard working 40. Chris Jones looked to up the rate with a couple of fine sweeps, a theme continued briefly by Andy Bennion. The loss of these two, in the same passage of play as Rowlands saw a stark change in fortunes at 142/4. Rowlands’ 67 was excellent, full of wholesome drives and clever placement and included 9 boundaries.

Wickets continued to fall, more a case of throwing wickets away rather than demanding bowling or conditions. 148/6, 155/7 and 163/8 were well below what is expected – slapped wrists awaited the middle order. Arthur Brummitt belied his youthful age with a highly mature 21 not out, well supported by a disciplined 20 by Lee Ainswoth. At least 200 was achieved but this was 30 below par in these conditions

Northwich began confidently against probing new ball bowling from Chris Charles and Ainsworth, with Tapsfield in particularly fine form. A quick change to spin brought an instant reward as Ste Charles persuaded Cherion to find Ben Aveyard’s hands at deep square. The score moved smoothly to 70 when from nowhere, Jimmy Ecclestone executed a brilliant run out to remove Wathwickarge. Anoth hefty stand followed as Glyn Cherion joined tapsfield. Charles tried all options to part them but determined batting won this period of play. Control was never lost and the overs suddenly began to run down.

The return of Answorth and Charles swung the game round Both the mainstays were dismissed by sharp catches in the corden. A period of play followed where ball dominated bat. Evans and Walker struggled in dimming light and edges were falling just out of reach at least once an over. The corden moved ever closer and Chris Wright was rewarded with a sharp catch to snaffle Evans. 176/5 with 6 overs left!

More tight bowling brought the equation down to 13 off two and when Wright ran out Dufty, 11 was needed off the last over. Ainsworth had bowled beautifully but he was to be on the end of the final twist. Walker, until now circumspect, pressed the gamble button and struck the jackpot, nailing a 6 and two fours to win the game.

Work to do for Alvanley who welcome some key players back this coming week against Barrow in the T20 on Thursday and and Tattenhall on Saturday



20/05/17 at Barrow. BCC 176/8, ACC 80/6. Draw 7 points  [scorecard]

Alvanley travelled to Barrow in a top of the table clash on Saturday knowing a win could see them leapfrog the hosts in to top spot. In a game reduced to 37 overs per side due to early rain, Alvanley won the toss and elected to bowl first on what looked like a good Barrow wicket. After a flurry of early boundaries, Sophie Ecclestone made the breakthrough, removing Reid for 34. This brought McClements to the crease and he proceeded to play positively on his way to 54 before being removed by Michael Rowlands. The rest of the Barrow batting order played around this and after a few lusty blows near the end, they closed on 176 for 8, Sophie Ecclestone finishing with 3 for 36.

In reply, Alvanley got off to a slow start and lost Ste Charles early on. Barrow bowled accurately and with some good fielding managed to put the brakes on the Alvanley innings completely. Wickets were lost trying to increase the run rate in search of victory but the shackles couldn’t be broken. The task was too great with the reduction in overs so Simon Gee and Sam Baxter calmly batted out the remaining overs, with the innings closing on 80 for 6. Iroshan De Silva was the pick of the Barrow bowlers with 3-17 with Mike Rowlands making 24 for Alvanley. A disappointing day with the opportunity to go top of the league on the line, Alvanley will look to bounce back to winning ways when they welcome Northwich this week.


13/05/17 v Stockport. ACC 205ao, SCC 176/9. Draw 15 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley faced bogey side Stockport on Saturday on a good track at the Alv but likely to offer some assistance to the new ball bowlers. This proved to be Stockport who won the toss and asked Alvanley to have first hit. Probing new ball bowling was expertly repelled by Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles and they eased to 27 in 8 overs when surprisingly Rowlands edged behind for 17. Charles carried on with Ian McDermott to 41 before he was bowled for 19. Chris Wright joined the fray and the the 3rd wicket pair added runs carefully and with few alarms and at drinks, 90 for 2 was a good platform. Drinks brought about a refreshed bowling attach and McDermott (20), Wright (30) and Baxter (4) all fell before the score had gone much past the 100.

103 for 5 was a problem with just 18 overs to go and 200 seemingly par score. There followed a crisp stand of 79 between Si Gee and Andy Bennion. Both spotted singles and twos and put the ball over the rope regularly enough. Bennion fell for 35, just before Gee raised his bat for an important 50. The tail wagged enough to get the team past 200, with the last wicket falling in the last over at 205.

Stockport had to face some excellent new ball bowling from Chris Charles and Billy Ouzinidis. The former was so unlucky not to take at least a couple of scalps. Ouzinidis on the other hand removed both openers for a well deserved spell of 7 overs 2 for 14. Alvanley’s taller bowlers seemed to get more life and movement out of the pitch and the batsmen regularly played and missed. Ste Charles nipped in with a cracker to remove Jatoi but a stand of 73 put the game back on an even keel. The key wicket was Danny barber who had hit a run-a-ball 58 before Rowlands’ legspin trapped him in front. A strange passage followed where the game seemed to be ambling to a tame draw. Then from nowhere, a flurry of shots came and the away team strove for the win. With shot came wickets and Rowlands and Ste Charles benefitted from the field end while Lee Ainsworth was bowling a highly skillful spell at the road end. His 14 overs passed the edge of the bat with such regularity that he was almost unplayable. his two late wickets (he deserved many more) put an end to Stockport’s victory hopes and set up a tense finish as an array of slips and short legs sought the final wicket for an Alvanley win. Alas it never came and a winning draw was the reward for an excellent day’s cricket.

06/05/17 at Brooklands. ACC 117ao, BCC 118/6. Lose 4 points [scorecard]

Alvanley suffered their first defeat at the hands of Brooklands but made a good fight of the second half after an indifferent first half.

After getting their wish at the toss, Alvanley were happy to bat first on a pitch that looked like it would be slow and may break up. Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands opened up but apart from the odd play and miss, looked in good touch adding 20 for the first wicket when Charles was adjudged not to have edged the ball on to his pad and was sent on his way LBW. Rowlands suffered a similar fate given out caught behind and when Chris Wright trudged off, Alvanley were in trouble at 35 for 3. Jonno Whitley was making the game look easy with a number of fluent drives but wicket continued to fall. Gee flipped a catch to midwicket and Jones was bowled cheaply. Whitley, eased into the 20s but then got the ball of the day, as hart got one to rear at him from a length. Bennion soon followed and at 50 for 7, the game looked gone. Chris Charles was joined by Jimmy Ecclestone, both batting for the first time this season. They carefully covered the variable bound and lateral movement and gradually nudged the score up. Ecclestone got too ambitious and joined the procession of batsmen caught in the ring, but Lee Ainsworth carried on his good work in keep his captain company. Charles was in control, defending well, running cheeky singles. Ainsworth added the mightiest of sixes to edge past 100 but his soon perished, caught behind. A few lust blows from Charles took the score to 117 before he was bowled for an excellent 40 and an early tea was taken.

Brooklands came out swinging in their reply. Too ambitiously really as Charles found steep bounce and the edge found the flying Gee to complete a brilliant catch and get Alvanley rolling. The flogging continued and the score careered to 43 for 1 in the 7th over without Alvanley doing much wrong. This approach became Brooklands’ undoing as wicket began to fall. Rowlands struck with his first ball, the excellent catch completed by Ste Charles. Lee Ainsworth introduction brought speedy rewards as he sent down a series of impressive overs. This combination reduced Brooklands to 55 for 5 – game on!

A stand between Hart and Hart frustrated Alvanley for a while but half chances and near misses littered this passage of play. Eventually luck went with Alvanley as Jimmy Ecclestone found the edge. 75 for 6! AJ Hart continued to ride his luck, interspersed with some fine shots and he, in combination with the gutsy Law, nudged their way to the win. Credit to Alvanley bowlers but to win games like these, the tough chances have to be taken. Lesson learned

Stockport are next, followed by Hawk Green away in the NVKO on Sunday and Christleton in the T20 Cup on Thursday 18th


28/04/17 at home Mobberley. MCC 157ao, ACC 158/3. Win 25 points [scorecard]

Alvanley made it two out of two with a second convincing win of the season, this time cruising past Mobberley’s 157 for the loss of just 3 wickets.

The toss was again secured by Chris Charles and again he chose to bowl in cool conditions. Billy Ouzinidis swung the ball from the outset and the removed Morris’ off stump in the 3rd over to get his team off to a flyer. This brought in Aussie Nick Butters and he made his intentions clear from the outset, advancing at the bowlers and playing big shots. The second picket pair added a breezy 40 before Butters tried a bit too hard and Ouzinidis duly rearranged his stumps also.

Jimmy Ecclestone and Lee Ainsworth replaced the openers and as last week found wickets came freely! Ecclestone struck with his second ball and by the 23rd over, the visitors were reduced to 75/5 as these two tall seamers found enough swing and seam to trouble the middle order.

A troublesome stand followed but superb ground fielding, in particular led by Ste Charles and Chris Jones meant control was maintained. Ainsworth persevered to dismiss the dangerous Aqueel, well pouched by Ecclestone in the deep but the next pair took the score to 153 and respectability. Ecclestone though had other ideas and added another brace to give him for for the day. Ouzinidis grabbed a late wicket too as the innings closed at 157all out after 47 overs.

Alvanley began quickly with Ste Charles looking in top form and Mike Rowlands flogging boundaries in a hurry. He though perished at mid on for 25 and Charles soon followed adjudged caught behind for 15. Jonno Whitley and Chris Wright steadied things for while, taking the score to 74 before Wright used his leading edge to perish at mid on.

The rest was consummate and forthright! Last week’s 9 wicket man Aqueel was repelled and the rest of the attack dismantled and Whitley and Si Gee batted powerfully and skillfully to impose an unbeaten 84 stand on their opponents. Both imperious on the drive and ingenious in stealing singles, it was a pleasure to watch. Victory was realised with 19 overs and 7 wickets to spare. Gee 40 not out and Whitley 54 not can be happy with their contributions and their form.

Brooklands away next!

21/04/17 away at Christleton. CCC 212/10, ACC 214/4. Win 25 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley began the season with an emphatic 6 wicket win at neighbours Christleton. A glorious day and fabulous outfield and pitch greeted the teams and Skipper Chris Charles decided that the best course of action would be to invite the home team to bat first.

Alvanley’s opening bowlers – Charles himself and Billy Ouzinidis began well hitting good lengths and giving little away. Lively ground fielding backed the bowlers up and after 16 overs the score had limped to 26 for 0. It was a change of bowling that brought wickets. Lee Ainsworth quickly settled and looked dangerous. He bowled Wells for 11 and could have had more on another day. His frugal spell ended and Jimmy Ecclestone took his place. Bowling a full length and getting some movement off the pitch, Ecclestone tore through the middle order. He reduced the home side to 88 for 7 with cracking figures of 5 for 31 off 10 excellent overs. 3 of his victims found the bucket hands of Lee Ainsworth. Ste Charles had chipped in with a wicket, well snaffled at slip, but there was to be a dramatic twist in this innings. The lower order decided to take a chance and throw the bat. It worked the last 13 overs more than doubled the score as O’Connell, Abiden and Shazad all contributed to take the score to a par 212. Ouzinidis returned to grab two late wickets.

Alvanley needed a solid start and how the openers delivered! Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles looked well in control against the new ball and scored quickly enough to keep the rest of the team calm. The pair added an imperious 105 before Charles snicked off an 42, including 7 classy 4s. Rowlands went on to a solid 50 but fell to an otherwise fruitful hook shot for 53 soon after.

Debutant Kiwi, Jonno Whitley was joined by Chris Wright and the pair consolidated well. Whitley looks a fine player and his 17 showed plenty of promise for the season ahead. There were to be no jitters. Wright and Si Gee upped the ante and score freely to post 60 for the 3rd wicket before Gee fell for a classy 27. A few tight overs meant that the game was going to go down to the last few overs but Wright and Andy Bennion were in control. They found the boundary and scampered singles of take their team home with 3 balls and 6 wickets to spare. Wright’s 43 not out was mature and pull off crisply times shots. A fine victory then for Alvanley against a determined Christleton team, it should also be noted that the game was played in a good spirit.

Alvanley host Mobberley next week, hoping to build on this promising start.


Alvanley CC is delighted to welcome Jonno Whitly to these shores. He joins us for the Summer from New Zealand and is a middle order batsman. Also over from New Zealand is former ACC Junior Ben Aveyard, a stylish young player with bags of potential. Lee Ainsworth also rejoins after a year’s sabbatical working and another returner is Billy Ouzinidis who comes back after a year at Neston. Welcome too to Michael Weale and Mark Enwistle, both batsman joining the club for the first time.



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23/07/16 v Middlewich. MCC 129ao, ACC 133/5. Win 25 points. [scorecard]

Middlewich visited Alvanley on Saturday. Glorious weather and great batting surface made the toss decision tough for Chris Charles, but the memory of a draw at Middlewich prompted him to have a bowl first. He himself benefitted immediately, finding Gills edge to the flying Si Gee behind the stumps – brilliant catch! Boyle soon followed, held well at third slip by Ste Charles.

Middlewich consolidated well for a while moving to 43 before Fisher picked up his first wicket. The stoic Clorley soon followed, victim of a great change of pace from Sophie Ecclestone and when she induced Abbas down the pitch soon after, Gee was up to the task and stumped him in a flash 61/5. Fisher picked up his second, Haughton trapped Lbw and Middlewich were floundering. Stu Price and Kallum Boyle mixed attack with astute defence to take their team to a relatively healthy 121/6 but a brilliant stumping by Gee following the introduction of Mike Rowlands put paid to it. Chris Charles returned to rearrange Price’s stumps and Alvanley were back in control. Andy Bennion took an excellent boundary catch to remove Zimmer, again off the excellent Rowlands and then Rowlands bowled Stubbs next balls to wrap things up at a very satisfying 129. Rowlands ended 3 for 15, Charles 3 for 36, while the left arm spinners, Ecclestone and Fisher bagged 2 each.

Alvanley’s response stuttered. Rowlands feathered a catch behind but the Ste Charles – Ian McDermott partnership looked confident enough adding 25 before Charles dragged on. Sam Baxter and McDermott worked hard to take the score to 51 when the latter again dragged on and when baxter followed soon after, the nerves were jangling at 64/4. Gee looked a little unlucky to be dismissed 4 runs later and Middlewich had the tails well and truly up!

Andy Bennion and Chris Wright were the 6th wicket pair, still requiring 62 to win the game. The pair batted calmly, gradually accumulating runs. Singles were stolen and the occasional boundary found as the pair inched home. Some aggression from the away team’s attack spurred the pair on as they got the final 20 runs in a rush. Wright ended 34 not out and Bennion 26 not out in a stand of 65, the win coming with 4 overs to spare.

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16/06/16 at Barrow – rained off, 7 points

09/06/16 v Congleton. CCC 98ao, ACC 99/5. Win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley made it 2 wins on the bounce on Saturday, beating Congleton by 5 wickets with 48 overs to spare after a morning of monumental efforts to get the game played following prolonged heavy rain.

It was a surprise to start on time at 1pm and and equally surprising to be bowling on a wet wicket having lost the toss. Jimmy Ecclestone and Chris Charles opened proceedings and it wasn’t long before Ecclestone continued where he’d left off last week, rearranging Leese’s stumps for 0. He was at it again in his 3rd over persuading Scowen to sky a catch to Ainsworth who pouched it expertly at point. 20/2. Blease and Higginbottom then added an assertive 28 runs but at 48 Ecclestone produced a brute of a ball to remove the latter. Blease followed in the next over, falling to an accidental bumper from Charles and caught by Chris Jones’ elbows and chest having nailed a pull shot! 48/4.

Goode decided to take Ecclestone on and planted him for a 4 and a six before leaving a ball that seamed back to take his off stump out. Next to go was Eyre, run out by Ecclestone – it was clearly his day! He confirmed this by bowling Cardell via his helmet and having Podmore caught brilliantly behind by Chris Wright to give him great figures of 6 for 54. Chris Charles weighed in to remove Williamson and at 73 for 9, Congleton were having a bad day.  Their spirits were lifted by a stirring last wicket stand of 25, boosting the score to 98 before Rowlands struck with a brilliant caught & bowled to finish the resistance off.

In tricky conditions, Alvanley needed to get off to a good start. They did. Ian McDermott and Mike Rowlands batted really well as the ball moved around for Congleton. Dogged defence and opportunistic attack allowed them to add a valuable 51 for the first wicket before McDermott fell for an excellent 21. Jimmy Ecclestone could add to his lustre batting at 3 and when Sam Baxter and Chris Wright departed quickly, work still had to be done. Rowlands looked to be the man for the job but, belying his experience, he flogged a catch to long on, cranking up the nerve-o-meter on the balcony. It should be noted that his 35 runs were invaluable and made in tough conditions.

The new found ability to chase totals though is still in tact. Chris Jones and Andy Bennion nudged a succession of singles to calmly take their team home to 25 points. Barrow away next


02/06/16 at Upton. UCC 156ao, ACC 157/3. Win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley traveled to a wet and windy Upton on Saturday to face a team that had won 5 in a row and were sitting in second place in the league. Chris Charles won the toss and elected to bowl first but might have regretted that decision as Upton took 71 runs off the first 11 overs! Upton did at least lose Sariman in this time but Stowell-Smith was hitting the ball like a man possessed. Fortunately for Alvanley this hitting came to an end when Jimmy Ecclestone rearranged his stumps. This was to be the beginning of an impressive passage of play for Alvanley as Ecclestone and Max Tonge put the brakes on and took regular wickets.

71/1 became 98 for 6 as both bowlers hit great lengths. Smart catching backed the bowlers up as both ended their spells with great figures. Ecclestone went 4 for 29 off 15 overs, while Tonge bagged 2 for 14 off his 7.

A score of 150 looked to be decent and Upton nudged their way towards it as troublesome lower order partnerships kept them in the game. Rob Fisher made sure these didn’t develop too much with stingy figures of 1 for 14 off 8. Andy Roberts 34 not out took the home team to 154 all out. A score that will have kept both teams interested.

Alvanley opened up with Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands. The new ball zipped around for the Upton bowlers and the Alvanley lads had to work incredibly hard to stick around. They did. They saw off the first 10 overs for just 13 runs but as they got used to the conditions, so the runs began to flow. 40 runs came off the next 10 overs as Charles found fortune down the ground and through the on side. Rowlands punched well through mid off and the score kept building. The 100 came up in the 28th over and the pair kept going until 123 when Charles fell LBW for a brilliant 62.

Ecclestone came and went but Si Gee added enough runs for the 3rd wicket to calm any nerves before he was magnificently snaffled at midwicket.

Chris Wright came in with 20 needed and calmly added the needed runs with Rowlands to take Alvanley to an impressive 7 wicket win. Rowlands can be extremely satisfied with his 60 not out in almost two and a half hours of hard graft.

Alvanley are in 4th spot at the league’s half way stage.

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25/06/16 at home v Northwich. NCC 286/9, ACC 142/7. Draw 7 points. [scorecard]

Northwich won the toss and chose to bat first on a brilliant Alvanley pitch. They pretty much much smashed everything that was thrown their way right up until drinks – or rather Sam Stonely did. His 137 was quite magnificent, coming off just 73 balls and including 12 huge sixes. Alvanley had no answer and this was the building block of a massive 286/9 – the highest known 1st XI score at Alvanley. In the midst of it all there was at least some good work from the Alvanley players. Rob Fisher survived a flurry of early boundaries to recover to 5 for 56. Ste Charles also bowled six tidy overs. The declaration was delayed until 48 overs, leaving Alvanley 52 overs to respond.

A solid start from Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands was undone by Charles being found leg before and then a succession of batsmen getting in and getting out in double figures. This trend led to a disastrous situation of 75/5 off 20 overs – still a whopping 211 short! Mike Rowlands looked to be standing tall among the flurry of wicket but his efforts ended when he was bowled for a fluent 35. The instigator of the carnage was Andy Duffy who bowled a highly impressive 15 overs, 5 for 30.

Andy Bennion and Chris Charles came together to try and salvage a draw and batted for 31 overs together as Northwich tried everything to remove them. Charles finally nicked off with 9 balls remaining but Kenny Roberts and Bennion saw off the final efforts to secure the draw. Bennion ended with 33 not out and batted for 2 hours.

Not ideal but some pride was maintained in the face of some very good cricket from their opposition.

18/06/16 at Mobberley. ACC 199/9, MCC 174ao. Win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley returned to winning ways on Saturday with a thrilling 25 run win over Mobberley after a month of frustrations.

A very wet pitch emerged from the covers and Mobberley asked Alvanley to bat first. Another new pairing of Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands opened the batting but found the going tough on a wet pitch and against decent new ball bowling. They worked hard to weather the storm and got to the 9th over when Rowlands got frustrated and chipped a catch to mid on. Jimmy Ecclestone came in at three and the 2nd wicket pair played really well, adding 56 with a gradually increasing tempo before Charles fell to a stopping ball – driving it to mid off for a satisfying 34. Ecclestone was trapped in front soon after for a pleasing 32 and when Chris Jones came and went, Alvanley had slipped from 75 for to 89 for4. Si Gee and Chris Charles did a great repair job. Gee worked singles while Charles flayed some powerful boundaries. The pair added 49 in 7 overs before Charles holed out for a sizzling 33 in 22 balls. Again, one wicket brought about another. Gee fell soon after and this time the repair task fell to Andy Bennion and Sam Baxter. They ran really well and added 39 to take the score to 178. Bennion went on to usher the tail and the result was an acceptable 199/9 in 50 overs. Bennion was out at the death for 37.

Mobberley’s opener clearly had a function to get to! They flayed sixes and fours from the outset! Chris Charles stuck to his areas though and had the overseas, Charlie Nield held at slip for a bullish 28. Spillsbury kept going, smashing his way to 61 with 3 sixes and 6 fours. Kenny Roberts came on and removed Nathan Wood and when Rob Fisher brilliantly held a catch of his own bowling to send Spillsbury packing 118/3 was not so bad! Ste Charles produced the ball of the day to make it 118 for 4 and two overs later persuaded Goodstat to hole out to Rowlands. 128/5.

Aqueel and Khan regained control for Mobberley but the spin twins were stacking up the dot balls and building pressure. The pressure persuaded Khan to pick out Bennion at long off and 4 balls later Charles took out Edwards’ leg stump. 148/7. Beresford-Ince was then brilliantly stumped off Fisher as the veteran spinner found considerable turn, leaving the last pair to find the winning 26 runs.

Aqueel burst to life but in going aerial hit a skyer up to long off. Ste Charles steadies himself and took the match winning catch to spark great celebration from the Alvanley players. Charles finished with 4 for 37 and Fisher 3 for 41 as Mobberley closed on 174 all out. A cracking game


11/06/16 v Brooklands. ACC 123ao, BCC 26/2. Abandoned. 7pts [scorecard]

Despite the incessant rain on Saturday, a decent portion of the game was completed but a tense climax was thwarted by one too many downpour.

Brooklands won first after a slightly delayed strt and predictably bowled first on a wicket that had got wet during Thursday’s cup game.

Andy Bennion and Mike Rowlands opened up and found things tough as swing seam and bounce all assisted the bowlers. Bennion was able to put some boundaries away and after 10 overs 34 for 0 was more than acceptable. He however was trapped by Jones for 23. Shortly after him Rowlands battling knock was ended by the accurate Hart. Left handers Ste Charles and Si Gee couldn’t come to terms with things and suddenly Alvanley were 42/4. Chris Jones looked up for the fight and stuck around well. At first he was helped by his captain Chris Charles (10) and then by Sam Baxter (17).

95 for 5 was a decent position on a day where everything was in the bowlers’ favour. 150 looked well on the cards but Baxter’s dismissal and a couple more loose dismissals  saw the innings fizzle out. Jimmy Ecclestone looked in good touch for his 12 but a rain break did for him. The highlight was Chris Jones 31. He guided his team to a competitive 123. Further rain reduced Brooklands’ chase to just 18 overs but they were certainly game for it. The first over disappeared for 15 and the second for 6 as the Kiwi Duke in particular looked to assault the bowling. The ball was though still moving around the the third over saw both openers on their way, caught well behind and at slip. The game would have gone to a fascinating conclusion but for the the final say by the weather.

04/06/16 at Stockport. ACC 180/9, SCC 181/3. Lose 6 points [scorecard]

An Alvanley team missing six first choice players went down fighting at Stockport, but ultimately lost by 7 wickets.

Stand in skipper Ste Charles elected to bat first and new look opening pair Arthur Brummitt and Mike Rowlands settled in against a challenging new ball attack. Rowlands went early but Charles and Brummitt dug in to take the score to 48 before both departed in quick succession for 17 and 23 respectively. This was a fine effort for the 16 year old Brummitt. Mark Szymura came in at 4 and was assured and positive. He had usefel partnerships with the middle order and kept the score moving well enough. Contributions from  Kenny Roberts, Max Tonge and Sam Baxter helped Szymura take the score to a very respectable 180/9 at tea. Szymura can be well pleased with his 44 off 55 balls.

In reply Kenny Roberts gave Alvanley real hope bagging two early scalps but the 3rd wicket partnership broke the hearts of the bowlers adding 104. This could have been a different story but a couple of dropped catches let the batsmen off the hook. Sophie Ecclestone chipped in with a wicket but Stockport came home in the 44th over with seven wickets in hand. Useful spells from Dave Summers and Max Tonge show that there is plenty of depth in this Alvanley squad who can take many positives from this defeat.

A heartbreaking defeat after dominating much of the game. After a great effort from the bowlers and a tidy fielding display Alvanley grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory by capitulating with the bat after a dominant start to the innings.

Alvanley chose to bowl first on a flat white pitch. The opposition openers came to attack but lost early wickets to Jimmy Ecclestone and Chris Charles in doing so. At 43 for 3 Alvanley were on top. A decent stand followed taking the score to 103 but spin twins Rob Fisher and Sophie Ecclestone were bringing the run rate down expertly. Pressure brought wickets and backed by great catching from Baxter and Gee in particular Alvanley had got into a great position. Fisher ended with 3 for 39 off 15 overs while Ecclestone bagged 2 for 33 of 14. A late flurry of boundaries elevated the score to 169. Jimmy Ecclestone’s fine opening spell gave him figures of 2 for 34 of 10 overs.

Alvanley’s response was initially emphatic. Andy Bennion and Mike Rowlands opened up with a positive stand of 69 in 12 overs before Bennion miscued for a run a ball 33. Rowlands and Ste Charles took the score to 90 for 1 and their team looked set fair to ease home. Fine bowling from Astbury though turned the game on its head. He took four quick wickets and the returning Joseph three of his own to leave Alvanley reeling on 137/7. The game then ebbed and flowed but the returning Abbas bowled perfectly at the tail. A series of yorkers did the job to leave Alvanley heartbreakingly 7 runs short. Chris Jones was last man out for a plucky 26.

More steal required in the batting.

26/05/16 at Middlewich League T20. ACC 102ao, MCC 67/8. Win [scorecard]

A damp, turning pitch made run scoring difficult in this 2nd of three T20 round robin game. Alvanley batted first and lost regular wickets as they struggled with the conditions. Only Mike Rowlands reached double figures (19) but 8s and 9s from most of the lower order got Alvanley to a respectable 102, given the conditions.

The bowlers were excellent, backed up by a complete fielding performance. Ste Charles’ 2 for 10 and Mike Rowalnds’ 2 for 7 topped the stats but the return to action of ‘prodigal son’ Lee Ainsworth is a great boost for the club. He grabbed two for 18. Middlewich finished 67 for 8.

Alvanley face Davenham in a fortnight at the Alv to complete the round robin.

22/05/16 v Oxton, Cheshire Cup. OCC 157/5, ACC 123ao.

Oxton won this Cheshire Cup encounter by 34 runs after rain had cut the game to 25 overs per side.

Alvanley chose to bowl on a drying wicket but had a few pros to knock over in an impressive Oxton top order. Fernando indeed perished in the first over, first ball as Chris Charles snicked him off to Sam Baxter at 2nd slip. A stand of 78 then followed as Worcestershire’s Choudry  and Patel bedded in. They never really got away as once Mike Rowlands removed Patel, the game looked considerably trickier. The remainder of the batsmen struggled to get going as Rowlands, and then a combination of Sophie Ecclestone (1 for 13 in 5 overs) and Ste Charles kept the lid on. A few late blows boosted the score to 157 – probably around par.

Alvanley got off to a flyer taking 27 off the first 2 overs and 36 off the first 4. This came at a cost as both openers fell in succession, trying to take the game away from Oxton. From hereon there was a bit of a procession as Choudry found turn aplents. 57 looked like the end but a couple of stands between Jimmy Ecclestone and Ian Charles, then Chris Fletcher (15 not out) and Sophie Ecclestone, gave the home team some hope. Alas this was a false hope and the 10th wicket fell with ACC 34 runs short. Jimmy Ecclestones knock off 35 was of high quality and will hopefully kick start his season.

21/05/16 at Widnes. WCC 71/8. Match abandoned. [scorecard]

A brilliant bowling and fielding display was left unrewarded as the game at Widnes was abandoned at 6pm.

Alvanley chose to bowl first in a game reduced to 39 overs and were soon on the move as the excellent Chris Charles found Kirby’s edge. Andy Bennion did the rest at 1st slip. At the other end Jimmy Ecclestone took the new ball and did so with aplomb, keeping this tight whilst threatening the outside edge regularly enough. At 37 for 1 in 19 overs, Widnes were finding it hard to break the shackles. The change from seam to spin at both ends didn’t help the hope team. The scoring opportunities were still scant and the added threat of turn and bounce soon had the batsmen coming and going.

The master – Rob Fisher had the ball on a string, beating both edges of a succession of bats. At the other end, the apprentice – Sophie Ecllestone was gaining bounce and turn and soon had her first scalp as she teased Moore out of his crease. ste Charles did the rest with quick glovework. Sam Baxter’s sharp pick up and throw accounted for Ughardr and then it was Fishers turn to get some wickets. He sent 3 on their way thanks to sharp catches from Ste Charles, Chris Wright and himself. 56 for 7.

Sophie Ecclestone then tempted her second stumping victim down the pitch and at 71 for 8 with just 4 overs to go the game was firmly in Alvanley’s grasp. Rain prompted an early tea and with the ground struggling to cope, much mopping up was needed, which Widnes did enthusiastically to their credit.

The umpired then decided that a rule existed that meant the game had to contain 60 overs and abandoned the game at 6pm. This error will need further consideration. There was plenty of time for a result to be found.

Fisher ended with 3 for 19, Sophie Ecclestone 2 for 22, in what was an all-round excellent fielding and bowling display.

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14/05/16 v Lindow. ACC 154/9, LCC 156/6. Lose, 6 points [scorecard]kindly sponsored by Leadership Support for Schools

Alvanley’s first poor performance of the season left them with their first defeat against a spirited Lindow XI.

Batting first on a bouncy pitch, Alvanley lost Jimmy Ecclestone early to an excellent slip catch. Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles went about a rebuild but Charles clothed a pull shot and when Chris Wright followed him back to the pavilion, Alvanley were under the cosh at 34 for 3. Sio Gee has felt good this season but has found ways of getting out. Again hew looked in fine fettle and he, in tandem with Rowlands began to take charge. The score looked promising at 83/3 but less so at 83 for 4. Rowlands had done the hard work getting to an excellent 46 but rather gave it away, top edging a sweep. Gee followed soon after for a welcome 39.

The rest of the inning went nowhere fast! Ian McDermott glued things together with a gritty 23 not out but nobody else (unusually) contributed. The innings fizzled out at 154 for 9. 40 short of par at least.

Chris Charles sparkled (as ever) with the new ball but lacked luck as he beat both edges time and again. He finally did for the obdurate O’Brien, expertly taken at 2nd slip by Sam Baxter. Rob Fisher came on early from the field end and soon removed Robinson and Taylor with some wiley left arm spin. Lindow were getting stuck also and a further Fisher victim left the visitors 64 for 4 of 27 overs. Venables looked unsure at first, but decided that attack would be his best option, launching 3 big sixes to turn the game in Lindow’s favour. A further twist came when the excellent Rowlands broke the 5th wicket stand by removing both partners. With 30 needed it was anyone’s game but the lower order were up to the task and Lindow ran in by 4 wickets in the end. Rowlands ended 2 for 34 while Fisher grabbed 3 for 31

The batters need to return to their higher standards at Widnes on Saturday, as Alvanley strive to break back into the top two.


07/05/16 at Middlewich. ACC 245/5, MCC 150/8. Draw 14 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley’s excellent start to the season continued with a dominant performance at Middlewich which saw them emerge 14-5 from a winning draw.

Middlewich invited Alvanley to bat first on what looked a flat slow track. Jimmy Ecclestone fell early to the seaming new ball and it was to prove a stuggle for the top order as the bowlers found enough movement to keep their tails up. Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles fought hard and and advanced the score to 52 before Charles edges behind When Rowlands fell just before drinks at 72 for 3, the game was well in the balance, with Middlewich’s slower bowlers maintaining good control. Rowlands should though be applauded for a patient and skillful 45. Si Gee and Ian McDermott followed soon after drinks and Alvanley were in trouble at 84 for 5 with just 22 overs left.

Chris Wright looked in tip top form and when he was joined by Andy Bennion the tempo lifted as cheeky singles were taken aplenty. They managed to score consistently at around 5 an over and were looking at setting around 190 as they both closed in on 50s. Wright’s second 50 of the season came off 57 balls and Bennion’s off 70.

The last 5 overs arrived with the score on 181 and suddenly the pair changed gear. They flayed the bowling to all parts adding 69 runs in those final 5 overs. Bennion charged to an imperious 99 not out (5 sixes) while Wright can be well satisfied with 62 not out. The pair added 161 unbeaten runs in 22 overs to take the score to an improbable 245/5.

Kenny Roberts got Alvanley’s bowling effort off to a great start bowling Webber and Boyle in his first two sets of six. Chris Charles was miserly and unfortunate at the other end and gave way early to spinner Rob Fisher as spin seemed to be the way forward. Fisher struck soon after and sent down five maidens to boot to start his spell. 36 for 3 became 64 for 4 as Fisher again rattled the pads in front of the stumps. Overs were running out though. Middlewich were showing plenty of fight and were proving hard to dislodge. Ste Charles got rid of the obdurate Parry and with hope fading Chris Charles returned to inject some hope with two quick wickets. Another Fisher scalp set up a tense finish but despite huge efforts from the Alvanley team a draw ensued as Middlewich closed on 150 for 8. 14 points for Alvanley will soften the disappointment. Fisher topped the stats with 3 for 29 off 15 testing overs.

Toft next on Thursday in the Cup and then Lindow visit Alvanley on Saturday

30/04/16. v Barrow is kindly sponsored by Leadership Support for Schools. ACC 163/8, BCC 102ao [scorecard]

Two games and two convincing wins for Alvanley as they share top spot with Widnes following their second 25 point haul.

Barrow won the toss and chose to bowl on a remarkably dry pitch considering the rain. The outfield however was a different story and run scoring was going to prove to be very difficult. Will Speakman was undone by the swinging ball in the 3rd over but a solid platform was then built as Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles dug in until the 14th over when Charles tried to break the shackles but picked out mid off. 19/2

Last week’s top scorer Chris Wright joined Rowlands and the pair added 34 before Rowlands vigil ended for 20 off 84 balls. 52 for 3 off 29 overs spelled trouble but Alvanley do bat deep. Gee followed a run later, adjudged LBW so Andy Bennion joined Wright. The pair immediately looked to score rather than survive and took the score to 73 when Wright perished on the edge for another well compiled inning of 34. 73/5.

Then came the match changing stand. Sam Baxter joined Bennion and the pair pushed the field back with aggressive intent and then expertly ran ones and two to post 54 in 11 overs. Baxter fell for 17 and with 5 overs left the score still looked precarious at 127/7. Bennion and Charles stepped on the accelerator, both hitting huge sixes and boosting the score to 163 – a very decent score considering the slow outfield. Bennion ended on 52 not out of just 54 balls.

Barrow’s reply began with runs leaking at Roberts’ end as he struggling to find his line at first. At the other end Chris Charles was extracting bounce, swing and seam movement that eluded most of the other bowlers. His outstanding opening spell accounted for De Silva for 0, well held at second slip by Baxter. 31 were then added by Reid and McClements before the latter inside edged to the waiting Gee. Barclay soon followed, giving Charles a third scalp caught & bowled. Better was to come as Reid edged Charles to his brother Steve at 3rd slip and at 45 for 4, barrow were in trouble. Charles then grabbed his ‘5-for’ with a beauty of an inducker. Rob Fisher was growing into his spell at the other end and a wicked arm ball trapped Hughes in front at 53/6. He then found Morrison’s edge, the catch very well taken by keeper Gee. Some resistance then followed by Harrison-Hooton and Dwyer until the former edged Fisher into Bennion’s hands at slip. Allen didn’t read Rowlands’ googly and wandered out of his ground, Gee did pick it though and took a wonderful stumping – the ball had traveled between pads and stumps!

Mal Barrow and Lee Dwyer looked like they might just pull off a draw, taking the game to the 48th over but the returning Roberts find his line and the edge of Dwyer’s bat to the grateful Gee (4th victim for him) to complete the win. Chris Charles ended with a superb 5 for 21 off 13 overs, Fisher 3 for 19 of 15 overs and Mike Rowlands 1 for 6 off 5.

A gritty performance from Alvanley with a large number of players contributing. Middlewich next

23/04/16 at Congleton. ACC 228/9, CCC 109ao. Win 25 points [scorecard]

A cracking start to the season for Alvanley saw them run out winners by a huge 119 run margin at Congleton.

Chris Charles won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry pitch under blue skies. Mike Rowlands and Will Speakman opened up and had to endure some seam movement with the new ball. This early seam movement in fact accounted for both of them as Rowlands nicked to the keeper and Speakman was bowled after looking in crisp form. 14 for 2.

Chris Wright joined Ste Charles to make his Alvanley debut and was away immediately with a four. This was a sign of things to come as Charles nudged singles while Wright played an array of shots. He raced to a 41-ball 50 with deft cuts and powerful clips to leg. The pair went past a century stand at better than a run a ball as Congleton tried a range of bowling options. Charles playing exquisite shots as always nailed down a fifty too and the pair looked to be taking the away team to a monstrous score before Wright holed out at deep extra for a wonder debut 74. This included 5 sixes. This 3rd wicket pair added 129 and were to be reunited soon after as Charles missed a turning ball. Indeed the turning ball became an influential feature of the game from hereon. Alvanley lost a clutch of wickets to Copeland and were flirting with parity at 160 for 7 off 34 overs.

Chris Jones, in at 7 was joined by his captain and the pair began to rebuild. The skipper was in fine touch, playing Copeland with ease in striking 24 in 21 balls. The pair took the score to 194, but crucially there was still 10 overs left when Charles holed out. Andy Martin was up for some diligent blocking, taking the innings to the 46th over, when he was yorked, it was left to Jones and Kenny Roberts to get the team to 50 overs. They did it by taking a single of nearly every ball – highly intelligent batting. Roberts ended 13 not out and Jones a highly valuable 27no. 228 was a very decent score.

Congleton began their reply well, posting 37 for the first wicket but never really scoring quickly enough to alarm Alvanley. Chris Charles ended this stand by removing Leese with a snorter and followed up by rearranging Aussie Scowan’s timbers soon after. The early introduction of Rowlands was a masterstroke. He struck early and was bowling with great control to intelligent fields. 56 for 3 became 57 for 4 as Charles set a trap for Goode which he obligingly complied with – brother Steve taking a crisp catch. Andy Martin weighed in with two valuable scalps – bowling accurately for his 2 for 13. With Rowlands grabbing another the scene was set for Ste Charles to finish the job. His 3.4 overs saw him trap 3 for 11 and next Saturday he will get the chance to complete a hatrick as he bowled Copeland first ball to complete the rout with 10 overs and 119 runs to spare.

Rowlands ended with 2 for 29 off 15 frugal overs and Chris Charles 3 for 26 of his 12.

Barrow next at Alvanley on Saturday while Corwen visit on Sunday in the Village KO.

21/01/15 – Village KO draw 2016

NVKO Draw 16


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The 2016 1st XI T20 draw has been made!!! ACC will host Davenham and Toft with the other game – a trip to MIddlewich. Bring it on!!!


19/09/15 – Awards!!

Captain Chris Charles awarded the 2015 trophies on an evening where the 1sts could be pleased with their incredible revival in the 2nd half of the season.

The batting award was shared by Mike Rowlands for his 671 league runs and Andy Bennion for his 558 runs. The bowling award went to Ste Charles who began the season as the ‘keeper! His 24 wickets came at an average of just 16.

The captain’s award went to Si Gee for his 494 runs and a highly successful return to ‘keeping after many years’ break. 1st teamer Kenny Roberts was awarded the prestigious Clubman of the Year for his efforts to get the club drinking on Saturday nights and his many successful barbecues.

12/09/15 at Upton. ACC 185/8, UCC 115ao. Win 25 points.  [scorecard]

Last week’s defeat seemed to galvanise the ‘Alv’ for one last push in the final game of the season at Upton. A scruffy, damp pitch emerged as the covers came off and Upton had no qualms in putting Alvanley into bat. They had instant success as Andy Bennion slapped a drive to point with just 2 on the board. Ste Charles added good runs alongside Mike Rowlands as the 2nd wicket took Alvanley to 37 before he spooned a ball that stopped staight up in the air. Another left-hander, Si Gee strode out and after some early reconnaissance he looked as comfortable as Rowlands and soon the drives flowed and the field pushed back to the fence.

The 100 came up in the 30th over with Rowlands yet again going past 50. The resolve to carry on to a big score was evident and he dug in for the long haul. Gee was becoming increasingly expansive with some precision drives rocketing to the rope. He too passed 50 but was castled soon after with the team on 156 and the partnership up to 119 – a season high for the team. When Rowlands followed 10 runs later all momentum had been lost. The inability of the new batsmen to score was a clear indicator of the quality of the stand. Rowlands 88 off 130 balls was full of classy strokes but riddled with determination. a joy to watch. Bits and bobs from the lower order saw Alvanley to 185 for 8 – surely a winning score?

Upton saw things differently. The openers came out and looked a million dollars! Cowderoy in particular looked to put most balls to the boundary in a rapid stand of 43 in 8 overs before Charles strangled Williams to Gee. Joe Hornby’s introduction bore fruit as he ended Cant’s day with a cracking yorker. Dangerman Corderoy was next. In attempting a second run, a sharp piece of work between Ste Charles and Andy Bennion saw him run out to leave Upton reeling at 59 for 3. Charles was rewarded for his accuracy in removing Ingram and moments later Hornby had a second scalp, trapping Warburton in front. 60 for 5. The Smiths tried to make a difference, playing some crisp shots and making Charles think twice about over-attacking but a cracking sequence of overs from Rob Fisher and Kenny Roberts dried the scoring up completely. The pressure told and Fisher Bowled Matt Smith and moments later Roberts rapped Stowell-Smith on the pads bang in front of the stumps.

Could the tailenders survive 24 over for the draw? No. Ste Charles replaced Roberts and in 2 overs took the two remaining scalps, the second being a particularly sharp stumping by Gee.

Fisher, Chris Charles, Ste Charles and Hornby all ended with a brace of wickets as Upton fell for 115.

Season analysis and report will appear here

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05/09/15 at Bredbury. ACC 163ao, BCC 164/8. Lose 7 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley travelled to Bredbury on Saturday and lost by the narrow margin of two wickets on a day where fortunes swung dramatically several times.

Alvanley chose to bat first on a poor low bouncing pitch. After losing Chris Jones early, left handers Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles made light of the conditions and played positively to post a partnership of 49. Rowlands having got the innings underway with a six, played one shot to many and holed out for an attractive 32. Si Gee came and went quickly, victim of a ball that kept low and when Will Speakman was bowled two overs later a healthy position had diminished to 65 for 4. Andy Bennion joined Charles and the ship steadied for a while until Charles, having played beautifully, got himself stumped for 37. Brother Chris followed for 0 and when Bennion fell for 18, the innings was imploding at 97 for 7.

8th and 10th wicket partnerships were Alvanley’s saviour. Ed Speakman and Joe Hornby added 23 for the 8th wicket and then a last wicket stand between Billy Ouzinidis and the rather ill Kenny Roberts added a raucous 37 to boost the score to a par 163 all out. The last 4 batters all scored in the teens.

Alvanley knew that early wickets were needed as Bredbury’s strengths lie with with their openers. This did not happen, Keyworth and Carr both played with abandon and flogged the ball to the boundary at will. 86 were added in just 16 overs before the introduction of Joe Hornby stemmed the flow. He bowled his first 5 overs for just 2 runs and took the crucial wicket of Keyworth. In his 7th and last over he bowled Garner to end his spell with 2 for 6. Chris Charles replaced him and carried on the good work bowling Carr and when Rowlands trapped Bailly in front, Bredbury were reeling at 101 for 5 having been 100 for 1. Rowlands caught and bowled Nuttall at 112 and then Charles bowled Barlow next over to take the score to 113 for 7. Bredbury still had their overseas at the crease. Barrand had been biding his time but with partners disappearing, he changed tack and went for his shots. A series of sixes took his team to the brink and after a few late scares Bredbury edged home with just two wickets to spare.

Charles ended with 3 for 39 and Hornby 3 for 13.

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29/08/15 v Congleton. CCC180ao, ACC 181/6. Win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley’s terrific second half of the season continued on Saturday with a cracking performance against Congleton which secured County League status for 2016, moved them above their visitors and now has them hunting a mid table spot in the remaining two weeks.


As usual, Chris Charles lost the toss and the bowlers were given first use of a pristine Alvanley pitch that was to offer pace and bounce. Charles himself was convinced of a caught behind first ball of the day but he didn’t have to wait long to have Blease on his his way, caught crisply by brother Steve at short leg. The score went to 41 without further loss but the frustration of batsmen playing and missing led to Charles replacing himself with fit again Joe Hornby. He found the edge of Baxendale’s bat and Andy Bennion took a rasping left hander at slip to complete the job. Aussie Max O’Sullivan was trapped in front by Kenny Roberts to make it 50 for 3 – a very acceptable start for Alvanley. Higginbotham and Woodall took the score on to 104 but the scoring rate stayed well in Alvanley’s control as the spinners came into play. Mike Rowlands broke the stand, trapping Woodall in front but another potentially dangerous stand began to develop as Eyre showed good intent as Higginbotham anchored the innings.

Rowlands accuracy and field placings built up enough pressure to tempt Eyre down the pitch and Si Gee was able to to execute a brisk stumping. 140 for 5. Booth didn’t last long, edging the returning Chris Charles to Gee but Cardell batting at 9 swung the inning back to Congleton with a dashing 20 off just 10 balls. Alvanley kept their nerve and the removal of the stoic Higginbotham meant that the total wold always be below 200. Rowlands mopped up the tail and dismissed the visitors for a below par 180. He returned terrific figures of 5 for 40 off 13.2 wily overs. Charles ended with 3 for 43.

In the absence of Jimmy Ecclestone, Andy Bennion was promoted to open with Mike Rowlands. The pair met the new ball with aggression to post 27 in 5 overs before Rowlands played around a full ball to get cleaned up. Bennion continued to attack and in partnership with Ste Charles, quickly took the game away from Congleton. Charles looked in great touch and at one point took four boundaries in 5 balls off Cardell. The pair added 96 in just 16 overs before Charles was strangled down the leg side for 28. Bennion was in irrepressible mood, attacking all the bowlers and in striking 15 fours and a six, careered to 83 before dragging onto his stumps with the score on 134. His knock came off just 73 balls. Alvanley still had 47 runs to find and when Will Speakman fell to the armball, left handers Gee and Jones were under pressure. Gee played fluently in stroking 23 but his dismissal, caught at slip, followed two balls later by Ed Speakman gave Congleton plenty of hope. Chris Charles joined Jones and the pair dug in and worked the singles. With 11 needed Jones broke the shackles and launched a six into the pavilion and he nudged the remaining runs more calmly to the delight of a decent throng of spectators.

22/08/15 at Northwich. ACC 176/7, NCC 78ao. Win 25 [scorecard]

Another thumping win on the road for Alvanley, this time by 98 runs, takes them tantalizingly close to safety but also hauls in a couple of teams above, giving some hope for a mid table finish with three games to go.

Alvanley were surprised to be asked to bat first on a pitch that looked like it would deteriorate. Jimmy Ecclestone and Mike Rowlands looked solid at the top but found little value for their shots as the outfield remained slow after morning rain. This led to impatience from Ecclestone and he trudged off LBW in the 6th over. Ste Charles gave the innings an air of fluency, driving delightfully as Rowlands dug in for the long haul. They took the score to 44 when Charles managed to scoop the ball to slip of the persistent Ishanka. Rowlands was then joined by Si Gee and as usual, Gee looked in great touch. Rowlands struggled for timing, where Gee was putting bad balls away with ease, the pair though, crucially, stuck around and rotated the strike to take the score to 121 when Rowlands was run out for a gritty 37. This base, with 9 overs to go was ideal for an assault. The middle order couldn’t find Gee’s fluency but scampered runs and occasional boundaries – notably big sixes from Chris Charles and Billy Ouzinidis allowed Alvanley to score an imposing 176 for 7. Gee was there at the end for a brilliant 65no, an innings full of succulent drives, dogged determination and a wealth of skill.

Northwich came out swinging after tea, and missing. A lot of activity resulted in very few runs being scored and in the 5th over Charles removed both Ishanka and Cherion. 10 for 2. The prize wicket of Stoneley came from his first ball – Ouzinidis finding his edge, with Gee taking a low catch. More good news followed next over as Charles grabbed his 3rd. Gee took his 3rd catch to send Plant on his way and 11 for 4 with the spinners yet to bowl looked very good for Alvanley. A stand of 44 followed but it was fraught with danger as Rowlands’ leg spin was looking highly likely to dupe either of the batsmen. It was the introduction of Rob Fisher that put an end to this stand. He found turn and consequently the edge of Indwin Chrerion’s bat and a tumbling Mike Rowlands did the rest at point. Fisher then tempted Gittens out of his crease only to be stumped by 5 yards by the excellent Gee. Fisher then proved too much for the rest of the batsmen, beating the bat regularly he ended with figures of 9 overs, 7 maidens, 5 for 11! Kenny Roberts weighed in with a wicket of his own and at 78 the innings closed with 17 overs of slack.

A great all-round performance by Alvanley who have looked quite a force in the second half of the season. Congleton next.

15/08/15 v Mobberley. MCC 248/5, ACC 184ao. Lose, 5 points [scorecard]

For the first time in two months, Alvanley performed below par, allowing Mobberly to win by 62 runs.

Alvanley chose to buck the recent trend and bowl first, a decision that looked like it might pay dividends as Chris Charles found bounce and movement with the new ball. Unfortunately, unlike recent weeks, he couldn’t find any consistence from the other end and so his early scalp was the only reward until after drinks. Indeed it took 31 overs for the second wicket to fall although some control had been established as Mobberly were restrict to 106 in that time. The second wicket came from a brilliant run out by Ste Charles. His thoughtful offspin brought further reward at 129, tempting Aussie Nield to hole out to an excellent catch by Ouzinidis. The anchor of the innings was ex Lancs batsman Nathan Wood and the score stretched to 186 before Kenny Roberts got him mis-hooking to the diving Si Gee. Only one more wicket fell and this allowed the batsmen to take chances. The last 10 overs went for 80 runs and the final total of 248 was around 30 more than Alvanley would have liked.

Alvanley began positively with James Ecclestone and Mike Rowlands timing the ball well but all too often hitting the fielders. Rowlands fell at 35 in the 8th over, perhaps playing a shot too far? Ecclestone soon followed tamely driving to mid on but calmer times were ahead as Gee and Ste Charles added an aesthetic 50 runs. The game turned on its head when Charles was adjudged leg before after looking booked in for the day. His 35 hinted at a significant score, but it wasn’t to be.  Si Gee (24) looked in control until he chopped on to his poles and when Hornby stepped across his stumps, Alvanley were struggling at 124/5 in 32 overs.

Andy Bennion took the attack back to the bowlers, smashing 26 in just 12 balls and with Will Speakman (30) looking in fine touch the other end, the win looked back on. The pair fell in quick succession though, both bowled by the excellent Nield and the rest of the inning fell away rather quickly. A disappointing 184 all out in 41 overs is a wake up call after a run of fine performances. Much work is still left in the season to firstly ensure safety but also to reign in the teams just above them. That starts on Saturday when they visit Northwich.

08/08/15 at Brooklands. ACC 188ao, BCC 63ao. Win 25 [scorecard]

Another great performance by Alvanley saw them to a 125 run victory at Brooklands and in doing so made it 4 wins out of the last 5 games.

A dusty crumbly surface gave Skipper Chris Charles no option other than to bat first and with Jimmy Ecclestone away, a chance opened up for Joe Hornby to have a bat first alongside Mike Rowlands. Straight away there was uneven bounce but the pair looked for the bad ball in positive fashion and raced to 37 off just 7 overs before Hornby played an ill-advised sweep and was sent on his way. Mike Rowlands followed 10 runs later for a crisp 25 and with the score on 54 Ste Charles and Will Speakman followed the openers off to leave Alvanley in trouble. Left handers Si Gee and Chris Jones added 19 and looked secure until Jones was unlucky to be adjudged LBW. 73/5.

With spin operating at both ends, Si Gee and Andy Bennion set about rebuilding. With the ball turning, both batsmen were watchful and generally stayed back. Gee looked more fluent, driving with power and poise, while Bennion looked to nudge singles. The stand grew and as it did so the shots became more assertive. Bennion went to a 93 ball 50 with a booming six and two balls later Gee was able to raise his bat, reaching his half century in 81 balls. The stand of 97 came to end when Bennion ran himself out for 56 and Gee soon followed going for quick runs. 171/7. The tail added valuable runs to allow the team to finish on 188 all out off the last ball. This represented an imposing score on a crumbling pitch.

Billy Ouzinidis and Chris Charles took the cherry for Alvanley and soon made inroads, Charles bowling Wood with a big inswinger and then trapping Madden in front to a ball that kept low. After beating the edge several times, Ouzinidis finally picked up Bagshaw and his figures of 1 for 21 again do him no justice. 27 for 3 was extended to 46 for 3 but the introduction of Kenny Roberts soon snuffed this partnership, removing both batsmen within two overs. The carnage had begun. This was the start of a sequence of 6 wicket maidens as Roberts and Ste Charles turned the screw. Some great catch from Charles and Speakman back the bowlers up but the quality of the bowling was top draw. Roberts ended with 4 for 13 while Ste Charles bagged 3 wickets for 1 run in 4 overs!

A couple of smotes and a few extras boosted the score to 63 before Roberts ended the innings and Alvanley celebrated a great performance and 25 points.

01/08/15 v Widnes. ACC 185ao, WCC 182ao. Win 25 points. [scorecard]

Well if you were not watching this game, ask yourself ‘why not!?’ It had everything including an incredible finish, resulting in back to back wins for Alvanley.

In the absence of Chris Charles, brother Steve took the reigns and showed his elder brother how to toss a coin. Having won the toss Steve chose to bat on a dry wicket with a hint of green. In Aussie John Menzies, Widnes have one of the leagues best bolers, so this was a bold move and when Jimmy Ecclestone was bowled neck and crop in the fourth over, followed by Mike rowlands in the 10th and Charles himself in the 11th, at 33 for 3, Alvanley were behind the 8-ball. Will Speakman soon followed caught behind and when Singh was introduced and immeditaely found spin, Widnes were riding high.

Left handers Si Gee and Chris Jones steadied the ship adding 35 in 9 overs before Gee was bowled by a ball that pitched leg stump and hit off for a solid 21. 75/5. Andy Bennion came in at 7 and looked sharp from the outset clipping well through the leg side. He and Jones looked to be positive and added 48 runs in 11 overs before Jones fell to the extra bounce of McCoy. Ed Speakman joined Bennion and again the pair looked to be assertive and took the score from 123 to 157 before Bennion snicked Singh to slip for a run-a-ball 46. Speakman smashed the returning Mezies for a 4 and a six before pulling straight up in the air looking for a third boundary. Kenny Roberts came and went quickly and in a flash the last pair were at the crease with 8 overs to go. Billy Ouzinidis and Ian Charles played sensibly, using up the overs and nudging the score to a competitive 185 at tea.

Roberts and Ouzinidis took the new ball and found some lateral movement after tea. Roberts found the edge of Byrne’s bat in the first over to get the ball rolling and in the fourth over Ouzinidis, bowling aggressively, hurried Moore into a mistimed hook and Jones took an excellent running catch. In Ouzinidis’s next over the scenario was repeated. He bowled a short ball and McCoy obliged in splicing the ball straight up in the air. 25/3.

A period of calm ensued with the openers replaced by Ecclestone and Charles – both happy to sit in on a good length and build some pressure. Catterall and Hewitt put a stand of 80 together and were just starting to find some momentum when leg spinner Mike Rowlands found the outside edge, Ian Charles did the rest at point. 105/4 after 34 overs.

A pacy stand then followed, seeming to take the game Widnes’s way. 33 was added in a flash with Burns adding 31 of them in fine style, before Rowlands drew a mistimed drive from Hewitt, Ouzinidis taking a great catch at cover. Ecclestone’s reintroduction stemmed the runs and when he bowled Burns, Alvanley were back in the game at 154/6.  Four overs later Ecclestone dismissed Moore and next ball he ran out Cain with a brilliant piece of fielding off his own bowling. A great stop was followed with a backhand flick to knock the bails off. 176/8 – 10 needed off 10 balls.  The rest of the overs was tidy and 8 were now needed off the 50th overs to bowled by Rowlands. He lured Menzies down the track first ball and Gee completed a sharp stumping. Singles came off the next three balls including a tough missed chance by Bennion at slip and with two balls left 4 were needed. Singh stepped back and cracked a square cut down towards deep point, Kenny Roberts sprinted round and picked up, he threw the most sublime throw over the stumps in to Gee’s gloves and Singh was gone by a yard. More jubilant scenes followed and a valuable 25 points were secured. Credit to Widnes for their part in a terrific, positive game of cricket. Rowlands ended with 3 for 31 off 10.5 excellent overs.


25/07/15 at Bollington. ACC 217/8, BCC 141ao. Win 25 points. [scorecard]

A magnificent 76 run win for Alvanley at high flying Bollington has put some breathing space between them and the drop zone and gives them a haul of 62 points from the last three games.

A large crowd and a hard green wicket greeted the teams and Alvanley were asked to bat first. Opening pair Jimmy Ecclestone and Mike Rowlands had to contend with a seaming new ball and with plenty of bounce for the bowlers, life was tough at the top. Ecclestone looked most at ease, accumulating busily before driving too uppishly on 14. Rowlands was finding batting tough but was up for the fight. He and Ste Charles added 53 for the 2nd wicket before Charles fell for 21 with the score at 70 for 2 with drinks approaching.

Si Gee, promoted to 4, assessed the bowling and the pitch watchfully as his partner went to yet another half century. Rowlands has been in terrific form but he will as frustrated as anyone at getting out just after he had raised his bat. 97/3. Gee, looking to play positively began to unfurl his range of shots and put on valuable stands of 44 and 42 with Will Speakman and Andy Bennion who both played second fiddle to the left hander. Gee opened his shoulders with a six into the noisy Western Terrace and an unbelievable hit over cover to clear the ropes at the longest boundary. The 50 overs closed at 217 for 8 – a decent score on a pitch offering seam and bounce. Gee was run out off the penultimate ball for a magnificent 92-ball 81.

Bollington have a strong batting line and a top 4 as good as any in the league. Early inroads needed then! Billy Ouzinidis bowled with pace and extracted bounce to have the openers in trouble. He will reflect on a number of edges that flew for four and two dropped catches that gave him no reward for some very decent bowling.

At the other end, Ste Charles grabbed a sharp gully chance off his brother Chris to remove the best of the lot – Rick Hough. Half chances went begging as the home team nervously got to 50 for 1 but when Charles removed Barrass for a flirty 39, Alvanley were in the hunt. Jimmy Ecclestone replaced Ouzinidis and embaraked on the most remarkable spell. His worst ball encouraged the dangerous Mallie to hit a short ball to Chris Jones at square leg and in the next over he yorked Henshall – 72 for 4.

Ste Charles off spin then accounted for the big hitting Imran, held at slip by Bennion. 72 for 5! When Ecclestone found the edge of Patterson’s bat in the next over, again clutched at slip by Bennion, Bolly had slipped from 72 for 2 to 72 for 6!! A further 9 runs were added before the Ecclestone / Bennion combination accounted for Jahangir and a further 9 runs later another edge found the flying Bennion to give him his 4th slip catch and Ecclestone his first 5 wicket haul for the 1st XI. 92/8.

Ecclestone wasn’t finished. A well judged catch by Ouzinidis gave him his 6th wicket at 110 for 9 but the the next 11 overs the last pair gave Alvanley some nervous moments, adding 31 runs and taking the game into the last 10 overs. An inspired bowling change saw Ecclestone removed (11 overs 6 for 28) and Kenny Roberts introduced. He persuaded McGernan to drive the ball straight to Captain Chris Charles at Gully to spark wild celebrations. 141 all out!

What a fantastic game of cricket!

Both teams contributed to a fabulous game of cricket played on a brilliant surface in fine weather and in a great spirit. Warrington won the toss and asked Alvanley to bat first but were soon on the defensive as Mike Rowlands and Jimmy Ecclestone looked in fine touch against the new ball – 27 runs came from the first 4 overs.

The pair looked in little trouble adding 60 for the first wicket until Ecclestone picked out a fielder with a lofted drive when he looked set for a long stint. His 30 came off 37 balls. Ste Charles joined Rowlands and kept the board ticking over – both players running well and putting the bad balls away. At 124 Rowlands, having just brought up yet another 50, again failed to go on and found the tall Green at full stretch at extra cover. Chris Charles joined his brother to add a quick 25 before Steve fell agonisingly one short of 50 and when Chris fell next ball, a rebuild was required at 152/4. Si Gee and Andy Bennion did so adding 33 for the 5th wicket. Bennion went for 19 to the returning Green and Gee went in the 190s trying to put Green out of the ground but finding long on instead for 25. With a long batting line up Alvanley would have liked 240+ but with wickets falling regularly 215 for 9 was a reasonable effort.

Alvanley began the 2nd half well removing Heaney – bowled by Chris Charles for 5, but the next hour was dominated by the bat at Clutterbuck and Green enjoyed the seam bowling on this belting pitch. 100 for 1.

Ste Charles has had some great spells this season and his introduction had an immediate effect, teasing a caught & bowled out of Green. When brother Chris ran out Rudd soon after Alvanley had their tails up. Another Ste Charles caught & bowled accounted for Clutterbuck and in a flash Warrington had two new batsmen at the crease with the score precariously poised at 115/4. Hughes and Fleetwood dug in for a while but a brilliant Ste Charles catch off Rowlands ended Hughes day and with Fleetwood living dangerously, Alvanley again felt ahead of the game. The ‘Charles show’ continued as Chris held a running catch off his brother to remove Fleetwood. 149/6. Nathan Green and Brad MacIntosh counter attacked to take the score on to 184 but this ended when Ste Charles produced a beauty to bowl him for 27. Scholes soon followed, gobbled up at slip by Bennion and when Cadepalli picked out the diving Ecclestone at mid on, to give Ste Charles his 5th scalp, Warrington were on the brink at 194 for 9. Green began to attack, supported bravely by the injured Agar, batting at 11. Gradually they whittled the target down and needed 2 from the last over. Sadly for Alvanley the winning runs came with 4 balls to spare to end an epic game. Ste Charles ended with brilliant figures of 5 for 41 off 16 skillful overs.

Much credit should go to Alvanley who fought bravely down to the wire. The defeat gave a reasonable points haul of 12 and eased Alvanley further away from the drop zone. Bollington next.

11/07/15 at Irby. ICC 91ao, ACC 93/1. Win 25. [scorecard]

A win!!!

Alvanley at last secured a league win, the first of the 2015 season, by a huge margin of 9 wickets, surely an indication that there are better things to come.

The headline acts with the ball were captain Chris Charles who’s 5 for 30 came off a marathon 19 over spell and 16 year old Sophie Ecclestone who grabbed 3 for 15 on her 1st XI league debut.

Irby won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat first on a patchy wicket and with weather due in at tea time. The first few overs from Joe Hornby and Chris Charles were lethal, the ball flying through head height to Si Gee behind the stumps with exaggerated sideways movement to boot. It was Hornby who struck first hitting Smith on the Gloves and Charles taking the easiest of catches running in from slip. Charles himself struck next, again finding bounce as Gee took an excellent catch behind. Irby limped to 24 before Charles removed Newman and Overend – both bowled and with the ball beating the bat more often than not, Alvanley smelled blood.

Mike Newman and Simon Renshaw stuck around for a while but the introduction of Billy Ouzinidis did for Renshaw brilliantly caught one handed by the flying Bennion at slip. Szymura soon got in on the act at 2nd slip taking a cracker to remove Newman off Charles. 58/6.

Sophie Ecclestone, playing against Australia B next week for England Academy was introduced for her first County League bowl. And what a start! She grabbed 3 wickets for just 15 runs in a great display of left arm spin bowling. The coup de grace was left to captain Charles who completed his 5 wicket haul to end proceedings at 91 all out.

Mike Rowlands and Andy Bennion, aware that rain was approaching set about the chase positively. Rowlands looked in great touch, making a mockery of the difficult surface to plunder 33 of 34 balls. He added 48 for the first wicket before playing a shot too many. Ste Charles joined Bennion and the pair tucked in to the seam bowling whilst playing the spin watchfully. They took their team home in the 21st over to ensure a 25 – 0 point margin. Charles ended 21 not out and Bennion 33 not out.

04/07/15 v Stockport. ACC 115ao, SCC 119/7. Lose, 5 points. [scorecard]

A day where the ball dominated the bat was testament to some impressive bowling from both teams on a pitch that offered occasional spin and seam and generous bounce.

Alvanley were asked to bat first but conditions were to the liking of left armers Dunley and Eley. Both found swing and seam movement with the new ball and within minutes of the start Szymura, Ste Charles and Jones were all back in the shed have been undone by top quality bowling. Chris Charles joined Mike Rowlands and the pair took the score to 40 before Rowlands nicked Eley’s 4th wicket to the keeper. Jimmy Ecclestone stuck around with his captain for a while and the pair looked secure without ever breaking the shackles. When Charles knicked off for a restrained 29, the repair work began yet again. Andy Bennion and Ecclestone reigned themselves in, looking to take the team closer to 50 overs but the introduction of Porter’s offspin did for the younger batsman who was bowled for a gutsy 17. Fisher came and went in similar fashion and when Bennion was given out for an unusually slow 16, a total under 100 looked likely. Ouzinidis soon followed and so it was left the last pair of Kenny Roberts and Max Tonge to boost the total. They took the score to 115 before Roberts fell for 20 to the returning Eley.

Stockport smashed 9 off the first 3 balls but were 9/1 after 4 balls as Roberts fine run out ended Khan’s day. The score went to 38 for 1 but catches were crucially spilled and decisions fell Stockport’s way until Chris Charles eventually got his reward as Facer edged to the flying Ste Charles at second slip. Another partnership developed but again, half chances came and went and confident appeal were ignored. At 94 for 2 Billy Ouzinidis joined Max Tonge in the attack. Ouzinis ran in with his usual enthusiasm and induced atop edge from Barber, the catch taken well on the run by Roberts. Two overs later he found the edge to Bennion with the gloves on and the home team sniffed blood. Tonge produced a beauty to remove Kiwi Pricemoor and at 105 for 5, two new batsmen were at the crease. Ouzinis then grabbed his 3rd to bowl Knott and next over Tonge found Edwards’ edge to Bennion’s grateful gloves. 110/7.

It took a couple of risky blows from that man Eley to take the visitors home in what proved to be yet another exciting game of cricket, which yet again, fell the way of Alvanley’s opponents.

Alvanley will reflect on some crucial decision and some dropped catches but also on the great bowling effort from Fisher, Tonge and Ouzinidis.

27/06/15 v Upton. ACC 234/8, UCC 238/6. Lose 10 points [scorecard]

Alvanley have been involved in a few exciting games lately and this latest encounter with Upton was no different.

Alvanley won the toss and chose to bat on a hard true Alvanley pitch. Restored to the first team, Mark Szymura gave his team a positive and secure start scoring 22 in an opening stand of 40 with Mike Rowlands. Szymura’s dismissal seemed harsh but this brought Ste Charles to the crease and the pair of left handers looked in full control, taking the score to 92 in the 18th over when Rowlands surprised everyone by tamely chipping to mid on for an attractive 42. Chris Jones came and went but Alvanley were still in control and Chris Charles joined his younger brother. The pair took the score on to 149 before Ste was bowled just 5 short of a half century. Captain Chris took centre stage for the rest of the innings, moving through the gears and dominating a series of useful partnerships. He eventually fell for a superb 71 in just 79 ball including a brace of big sixes. Alvanley closed on a decent 234/8.

The target was stiff but the pitch was great for batting and the outfield quick. Upton got off to a great start. Cowderoy chanced his arm, while Williams turned the strike over. Cowderoy had a few let offs but should be given credit for his approach as he charged to a run-a-ball 94.  141 was reached without a wicket falling and seam bowling was abandoned after just 14 overs. The breakthough came from the 3rd spinner used – Mike Rowlands. His leg spin deceived Williams and soon after Stowell-Smith to give Alvanley hope at 1551/2. When he also snared Cowderoy at 156, the momentum was swing the way of the home team. A series of near misses followed as the 4th wicket pair struggled against Rob Fisher and Mike Rowlands and at 182 Cant fell to the accurate Fisher. The dangerous Smith followed one run later, finally falling for Rowlands’ trap and with 51 still needed a win was in the offing. Further hope fell Alvanley’s way as Kenny Roberts’ brilliant run out added to Upton’s woes. 35 needed. Upton bat deep and Warburton and Roberts dug in. Warburton was crucially dropped on 13 and despite some huge appeals for leg before, the pair survived to take the game into the last over. Warburton smote the winning boundary with 4 balls remaining to end a memorable game. Rowlands ended with 4 for 81.

20/06/15 v Bredbury. BCC 214ao, ACC 134ao. Lose 5 points  [scorecard]

A below par performance and an inspired performance from the visitors combined to afford Alvanley a defeat they could ill afford.

A toss went Chris Charles way but statistics and situations pointed towards fielding first. This unfortunately results in the bowlers using a wet ball for most of the innings but credit to the Bredbury batsmen who played with energy and were full of shots. 70 for 0 was largely due to the bludgeoning Keyworth but two quick wickets for Roberts and Ste Charles turned the momentum briefly Alvanley’s way. Unfortunately, an old foe, Major Khan strode in for his first game of the season and hurled his bat ferociously at everything bowled at him. Whilst he flayed boundaries, wickets began to fall at the other end, mainly to Charles’ superb off spin. However the damage was done by Keyworth (80) and Khan (55) and Bredbury had managed 214 in the allocation. Credit to Roberts for his 3 wickets but plaudits to Charles. Amidst the chaos he bowled immaculately to snare a personal best 6 for 44 over 16 top overs.

Alvanley lost Will Speakman early but for a while all seemed well as Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands progressed steadily to 62 before Charles tried a pull too many. Jimmy Ecclestone joined Rowlands and was able to shake his hand as the gritty opener passed 50 yet again. At 94 for 2 Rowlands was adjudged Leg before and from hereon in the batsmen struggled. The drying pitch began to take some turn and Barlow became rather tricky. He bagged 5 for 22 as the middle order fell away and any thoughts of a draw disappeared as Chris Charles became another leg before victim and Alvanley were licking their wounds at 134 all out.

13/06/15 at Congleton. ACC 156ao, CCC 156ao. Tie 16 points [scorecard]

What a game!

An at times bizarre, tense, hard fought game with the craziest of climaxes was fought out to a tie at a drizzly Congleton, with both teams taking 16 points from a tied game.

Alvanley, missing a number of players including captain and and vice captain, won the toss and risked batting first on a very green wicket. Mike Rowalnds edged behind early on and despite a rush of 4s, so too did Will Speakman – 21/2 after 4. Jimmy Ecclestone and Si Gee both fell trying to survive a moving ball in bowler friendly conditions. Chris Jones and Ed Speakman coped better taking the score to 87 before Speakman injudiciously slapped one to cover for 16. Joe Hornby scored 14 before suffering a similar fate but at least saw the team past 100. When Jones fell for a lively 40, which at the final reckoning was a match defining knock, Alvanley were in trouble at 113 for 7.

Veterans Andy Bennion and Rob Fisher came out in unfamiliar and circumspect fashion and slowly built a partnership before Bennion on 18 smashed one to cover. Ken Roberts and Billy Ouzinidis soon followed and in 32 overs Alvanley had fallen for 156 with Fisher stranded on 21. 156 all was not a bad score on this wicket but it left the home team with 62 overs to get them.

Some scampered singles were interspersed with huge appeals, dropped catches and gathering darkness. With the scored level, Speakman steamed in and rearranged Copeland’s timbers to snatch the most dramatic of ties. He ended with 2 for 9, Roberts 2 for 22 but the hero of the day was Rob Fisher. His 4 for 22 of 24 marathon overs allowed the seamers to attack from one end. Brilliant stuff from the veteran.

A great game with a great finish played in great spirit.

11/06/15 at Christleton in the T20. ACC 169/8, CCC 136ao.  [scorecard]

For the 4th year in a row Alvanley have managed to take a scalp from the divisions above them in this competition, this 34 run win at Christleton being the latest.

Stand in skipper Andy Bennion showed his full time skipper how to win a toss and batted first on a dry flay pitch. He and Mike Rowlands made first use of the pitch but Rowlands, Arthur Brummitt and Chris Jones all fell before the score reached 15. Bennion was joined by young Joe Horby and the pair played positively in taking the score to 68 before Bennion was run out backing up for 35. Hornby was in fine form and with Pickersgill giving him the strike he began to open his shoulders. He hit an incredible seven sixes as he strode past 50 driving the ball well past the football pitch on several occasions. He finally fell for 78 and took his team to an imposing 169 for 8.

The response began well with Kenny Roberts taking an early scalp, Even better was to follow as Roberts induced an uppish drive from Kiwi star Renwick and the flying Ouzinisis did the rest at Mid off. Christleton kept playing their shots but tight bowling from Ecclestone, Ouzinidis and Rowlands kept the rate in check. The coup de gras was supplied by Fisher. Switching ends he grabbed 4 late wickets, 3 stumped by Fletcher and included a hatrick, with the last wicket coming caught smartly by Rowlands at Gully via Fletcher’s boot! It should also be noted that veteran keeper Chris Fletcher executed 4 stumpings.

Lovely ground, rasping weather, a great pitch and excellent hospitality was topped off by a fine win for the Alv.


Roberts and Hornby starred in this 34 run win for the Alv

07/06/15 v Ashton on Mersey (Cheshire Shield). AOMCC 192/9, ACC 193/1. [scorecard]

Alvanley booked their place in the next round of the Cheshire Shield with a thumping 9 wicket win over Ashton on Mersey. Joe Hornby bowled a superb new ball spell of 7 overs 2 for 5 to leave the visitors reeling. Billy Ouzinidis picked up a wicket with his first ball and Skipper Chris Charles weighed in with 2 of his own. 60 for 5 of 27 overs however was as bad as it got as the visitors finally realised they were playing on a road of a wicket. The Aussie took centre stage as this point and blasted a powerful century taking his team to a respectable but below par 192/9.

Joe Hornby - 5 overs 2 for 5

Joe Hornby – 5 overs 2 for 5

Mike Rowlands and Andy Bennion blasted a century stand in just 11 overs before Bennion fell for 53. Rowlands went on to an unbeaten 86no with Ste Charles ended 52 no. This 9 wicket win was completed in just 28 overs.

Ashley or Hale Barns away next

06/06/15 v Northwich. ACC 256/7, NCC 226/8. Draw 14 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley and Northwich played out a brilliant game of cricket a superb Alvanley wicket, with Alvanley coming out with a winning draw.

Yet again, Chris Charles lost the toss (that’s 7 losses from 8) and Northwich invited Alvanley to bat. Will Speakman started brightly pulling and driving confidently allowing Alvanley to fly to 31 in just 4 overs before drying a drive too many. Ste Charles joined Mike Rowlands who was looking in fine fettle and scoring freely as the new ball came on to the bat nicely. This allowed Charles to bed in. The pair soon settled and took singles particularly well. The pair took the partnership into the 70s and the score past 100 before Charles offered a caught and bowled for a pleasing 36. Si Gee joined Rowlands and was able to offer a handshake as the opener passed 50 yet again. Drives and singles collect off the legs both featured heavily in the knock. This 50 though, like the other was short lived as he fell soon after.

As is his way, the promoted Andy Bennion came in a threw the bat. 3 towering sixes featured in a 24-ball 37 that took the score away from Northwich. He, Gee and Chris Charles all fell in the late 100s but there was more to come. Chris Jones and Joe Hornby kept the pace going with a scintillating stand. Hornby belied his 16 years to smash two massive 6s on his way to a speedy 22 while Jones place the ball expertly to race to a 25-ball 30 not out. 256/7 was the final tally on a pitch where most predicted a par score of 240.

Northwich lost the early wicket of Gittens, snicking off to Chris Charles, but Stonely at the other end was on fire. He thumped the ball to all parts racing to 50 in just 30 balls – the chase was on! Charles reacted well by switching himself to the road end and asking brother Steve to bowl some off spin. Release from keeping duties, his spin has been excellent this season and he soon induced an edge from a flashing drive from Stonely. Bennion did the rest, flying to his right to take an excellent slip catch. Chrsi Charles then produced a jaffer to remove Sri Lankan Ishanka and at 67 for 3, Alvanley were on top. The returning Hornby removed Plant and the game was moving on at 88 for 4.

Mark Walker was joined at the crease by Glynod Cherion and this 6th wicket pair battled hard against some probing bowling. They stuck around and gradually built a dangerous partnership. All the time though the rate was creeping up and a situation came about that suited Kenny Roberts down to the ground. Bowl at the stumps was the demand from the skipper. Roberts began by yorking Walker for 55. He then inviting big hitter Yearsly and Sefton to take on the boundary riders. Will Speakman was up to the task, taking two very good catches and within a flash, Roberts had three scalps.

Cherion kept the chase going, passing 50 and working hard to take his team close. With three overs to go though he called the chase off. Ironically this is where he looked bost vulnerable, twice looking like he would be walking off after some confident appeals. he survived and so did his team.

This brilliant game of cricket ended with Northwich closing at 226/8 and the draw gave Alvanley a healthy 14 points. Roberts ended with 3 for 41 and the Charles brothers both took two wickets from their excellent spells.

30/05/15 at Mobberley. ACC 151/5, MCC 157/4. Lose. [scorecard]

Alvanley’s poor start to the season continued on Saturday with a 6 wicket loss at Mobberley. Sympathy should go the Alvanley though after losing yet another toss and being asked to bat on a sopping wet track. Much credit should go to Mike Rowlands (21) and Will Speakman (14) for their determination to stay at the crease in extremely difficult conditions, having to cope with sideways movement and vertical variation. They both fell LBW with the score on 38 after 22 overs. Further losses were sustained as Ste Charles was bowled by a snorter and Chris Jones nicked behind. Jimmy Ecclestone stuck around for a while but at 57 off 33 overs perished trying to up the rate.

Si Gee had been bedding in and was joined at the crease by Andy Bennion. Bennion immediately played a series of crisp shots and the pair stole singles well. They added 44 in 12 overs before the final assault. In the last 6 overs they blasted 59 mixing power with clever placement. Their unbeaten stand of 92 elevated the score to a very competitive 151/5 at tea. Gee ended with 37 not out whilst Bennion struck 62 not out of just 54 balls. There were signs though of the wicket drying and becalming.

Mobberley came out swinging after tea but soon lost Beresford-Ince to Ecclestone. At 30 for 1 a crucial moment came and went as Aussie Nield skied a chance. It went to ground alas and for the rest of the innings he dominated Alvanley’s attack. A frugal spells from Chris Charles and skillful performance From Rob Fisher were the highlights of the second innings as the other bowlers struggled to hit consistent areas. There were moments where the threat of Fisher might have given Alvanley the edge but Nield stuck a series of furious blows. He hit 8 massive sixes in a brilliant display of batting. His decisive 88 bot out took the game away from Alvanley and condemned them to a 3rd loss of the season.

Better catching and improved consistency with ball are needed for Alvanley turn their fortunes around. Northwich next

28/05/15 at Chester BH (T20). ACC 122/6, CBHCC 123/1

A fighting 54 from Mike Rowlands and impish 20 not out from Joe Hornby nudged Alvanley to 122 for 6 at National T20 champs Chester. Joe also claimed the scalp of Warren Goodwin but assured half centuries from Dixon and Law saw Chester home at a canter.

24/05/15 v Urmston (Cheshire Cup). ACC 148ao, UCC 149/5

23/05/15 v Brooklands. BCC 230/6, ACC 188/9. Draw 6 points [scorecard]

Stunning weather, a stunning setting and an equally stunning pitch set the scene for this first meeting of these teams in the County league for 17 years. Brooklands won the toss and chose to bat first and struggled initially as Chris Charles and Joe Hornby found bounce and a little swing. Just 11 runs came from the first 9 overs as the ball beat the bat regularly. Charles will feel particularly aggrieved not to have found the edge but had to settle for some miserly figures. The changes of bowling from either end saw some good deliveries sent down from Roberts and Ecclestone but a four ball per over allowed the visitors to up the rate. Rowlands and Fisher were the next pair to try their luck. The spinners combined well to re-establish some pressure and at 106 after 30 overs the home side were happy with their work. Crucially a couple of catches were spilled and wickets in hand was to prove critical as the batsmen were able to take risks in the last 20. Rob Fisher’s  1 for 60 in this context was therefore excellent and spells a return to form for the ex-Cheshire man.

Parmakelis and Hart were able to add some maximums to the total in the final flourish and a decent 230 for 6 was posted. This was considered by most to be around par.

Alvanley needed a solid start to build a base for an assault later in the innings. This didn’t materialise as Will Speakman, Steve Charles and Mike Rowlands (21) all fell before the end of the 12th over. There followed a ten over spell where just 3 runs were scored but at least Chris Jones and Si Gee were showing an appetite for the battle. Jones went on 42 and at this point the home side got their act together. Chris Charles injected some urgency and pulled Gee along with him. Scoring all round the wicket and running positively, the pair added 102 before a wonder catch removed the captain for 52 which included 3 big sixes. Andy Bennion joined Gee with a plan to bring the required rate down . He slammed 21 in just 10 balls and suddenly the rate was down to 6.5. His dismissal soon followed by Fisher and Ecclestone swung the game back to Brooklands and Charles decided enough was enough and with 5 overs to go the shutter were put up. Roberts had a rush of blood to leave Gee and 16 year old Joe Hornby to repel the last 3 overs, which they did expertly. ACC ended 188/9 with Gee unbeaten on an excellent 64.

Missed chances in the field and a poor start with the bat will be areas that Alvanley must address if they are to win games like this one.

16/05/15 at Widnes. ACC 180ao, WCC 169/9. Draw, 13 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley at last showed they are side to be reckoned with with a strong display at Widnes. Alvanley lost the toss for the fourth time out of five and were asked to bat first on a wicket that was only ever going to be very low. Will Speakman and Mike Rowlands had to work hard against excellent new ball bowling and looked well set until Menzies bowled Speakman for 13. Then followed a really impressive stand of 69 between Rowlands and Ste Charles. The pair saw off the openers and then settled in to a war of attrition against the spinners. Charles eventually ran out of patience for a well made 25. Andy Bennion joined Rowlands and the pair, at 89 for 2 after 31 overs had to step on the gas. Both players hit gaps well to move the score briskly on before Rowlands swung wildly to end his excellent innings of 64. Bennion quickly lost Chris Charles and Jimmy Ecclestone as they succumbed trying to be positive and when Bennion fell for 32, the lower order had work to do at 148 for 6. Ed Speakman and Mark Szymura repelled the returning Menzies and scored quickly enough to get the score to a respectable 180 all out in the last over.

Chris Charles and Joe Hornby began steadily with the ball but 20 runs were posted without alarm. There followed a mini spell of 4 overs 3 for 7 by Hornby as he suddenly found rhythm and took out 3 top players in a flash. 29 for 3 was precarious for Widnes but in Chris Kirby and veteran Phil Catterall, they had decent players at the crease. They showed character and quality in adding 80 runs. They were however coming under increasing pressure. Ste Charles removed his keeping gloves and teamed up with leg-spinner Rowlands to bowl his team back into the match. The pressure they created led to a superb run out by Kenny Roberts. Charles then had a brace of wickets and from 117 for 3, Widnes had slipped to 133/7. A Rowlands googly dazzled Myers but in Alex Hewitt Widnes had a player who was still eyeing up the win. Alvanley were convinced they had him stumped and when he went on to crack a couple of 6s, Alvanley might have wondered if the game was slipping. Charles held his nerve to remove Hewitt and with 2 overs remaining, Widnes needed 12 runs with the last pair in. Unfortunately no more wickets were to fall and Alvanley had to settle for a draw and 13 points.

This was a very decent performance and will give cause for optimism moving on to a home encounter with Brooklands.

14/05/15 v Tattenhall. T20 Cup. ACC 177/7, TCC 180/1 [scorecard]

350 runs in 39 overs provided rich entertainment on Thursday night in the first group game of this years T20 cup. Alvanley chose to bat first on a flat hard pitch but soon lost Will Speakman to Ben Gibbon, the pace of Johnson was proving to be to the liking of Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles as the score rattled to 68 in the 6 over powerplay. Rowlands in particular hitting the bowling to all parts in a savage display. With the score on 80 it was a surprise to see him beaten but he gained all the plaudits in scoring 57 in just 37 balls. Charles soon followed and a mini collapse involving Syymura, Ecclestone and Aveyard followed – 109 for 5. This brought Andy Bennion and captain Chris Charles together. They upped the tempo again and both looked in fine form. The pair hit 55 in under 5 overs to take the game back to Tattenhall. Charles fell for a 17-ball 29 that included 3 towering 6s while Bennion went on to a 32-ball 43no. Joe Hornby added a breezy 12 not out at the death to take the total to a respectable 177/7.

Tattenhall, like Alvanley began well, seizing on anything short to post 51 in their powerplay. Alvanley will reflect on a couple of half chances in an otherwise excellent fielding display that could have tipped the game their way. Wickets were not falling but the run rate ebbed and flowed. There were times when Alvanley would have felt they were ahead and other when Tattenhall would have felt in control. A big over at 72 from 8 made a real dent in the score as Sadler and Thompson went on the attack. There were other moments where hope remained – Hornby’s wonder catch off Ste Charles, being one of them, but in the end Dan Power’s power rammed the away team’s victory charge home and they won with 6 balls remaining.

Alvanley will reflect on a a mixed performance where the bowling was often too short and the batting lost some momentum in the middle. Lots of positives were taken too.

09/05/15 v Bollington. ACC 104ao, BCC 105/1. Lose. [scorecard]

A wet wicket greeted the teams after Friday’s deluge breached even the very best efforts of the Charleses, the covers and the sheets. Bollington had no hesitation in bowling having called the toss correctly.

The ball occasionally misbehaved as you would expect on a wet wicket but Will Speakman and Mike Rowlands looked in sharp touch against some probing new ball bowling. It was surprising to see them both go within 2 balls both caught in the offside ring. Some tightening up needed there. Steve Charles fell in similar manner but the calm Jimmy Ecclestone and Chris Jones looked assured against the backdrop of a worrying scoreboard. Ecclestone defended stoutly while Jones looked for the bad ball and invariably punished it. Alvanley seemed to be out of the choppiest water at 53 for 3 but Ecclestone was adjudged leg before right on the drinks to tip the scales back to Bolly.

Further support for Jones was supplied by Gee but when he tried to expand a freakish caught and bowled by Plant saw him on his way. This started an unstoppable rot. Jones, for a really well constructed 47, Bennion and Charles all soon followed. Ainsworth was trapped in front too and when Hornby unadvisedly ran past a turning ball, the game was up at 104.

Opinions varied about whether wicket calmed down after tea, if it did, it was only marginal. Chris Charles led the new ball attach well but went luckless and wicket-less.  Jahangir’s job was to run at the bowlers and attack, some bold shots were interspersed will some lucky ones, but hats off to his enterprise. He and opening partner Hough posted 60 until the excellent Rob Fisher induced a Ste Charles stumping. That was that though as overseas Mallie blasted his way to 30.

Alvanley’s effort in the field was commendable but too many easy hits were afforded to the visitors. The batsmen must also set their sights on batting for longer spells if the team are to revert back to last season’s winning ways.

Widnes next.

02/05/15 at Warrington. WCC 12/1 (7 overs), abandoned. [scorecard]

With some major players returning for Alvanley, hopes were high travelling to Warrington and with ball in hand, skipper Chris Charles looked full of confidence. He beat the bat 4 times in the first over, 3 times in his 2nd over and induced two edges, one of which was grabbed by bother Steve. His 4 overs were maidens and he looked in ominous form when the umpires rightly took the players off for rain.


To not return at some stage was poor. The ground was firm and untouched by the rain and to not play any further cricket in (at times) spitting rain goes against the spirit of the rule that was introduced to stop teams playing in heavy rain to seek an advantage. The 3rd XI game on the adjacent pitch completed their 90 overs. Oh dear

25/04/15. Alvanley v Irby. ICC 197ao, ACC 134/8. Draw 6 [scorecard]

With 9 1st XI players unavailable this game was always going to be a real test of Alvanley’s depth and resolve and so it proved. Alvanley were asked to bowl first on what proved to be a lightening fast and bouncy wicket – a real credit to the curating skills of Ian Charles.

The wicket was to the liking of openers Chris Charles and 16 year old Joe Hornby who both extracted bounce and the slightest seam movement with the new ball. Both took an early wicket as Irby battled to 26 for 2 in 14 overs. There could easily have been more wickets with big shouts and near misses aplenty. Newman and Caswell though rode the storm and gradually turned defence into attack, posting 98 for the 3rd wicket before the returning Charles removed Newman. A series of smallish stands followed but added up to getting the visitors to 197 all out at tea. Jimmy Ecclestone and the returning Joe Hornby were responsible for all the remaining wickets, both bowling well in the second half of the innings. Ecclestone ended 3 for 50 (in the week his younger sister Sophie took two against Sri Lanka ‘A’) and Hornby took his first 5 wicket haul to celebrate his call into the Cheshire Under 17s. His 2 spells were of the highest quality and he ended 5 for 45.

16 year old Joe Hornby celebrated his selection for Cheshire U17s by taking a brilliant 5 for 45

16 year old Joe Hornby celebrated his selection for Cheshire U17s by taking a brilliant 5 for 45

The Irby new ball attack were probing but 28 was posted by Rowlands and Ste Charles before the former was judged to be LBW. Charles fell 4 overs later to leave the home team 45/2. Ecclestone and Chris Jones consolidated, taking the score comfortably to 71 before both played poor and out-of-context shots to change the complexion of the match. Chris Charles and Andy Martin added 16 before Martin lost patience and so the skipper was joined by Andy Bennion. The pair added 30 but could not up the rate against accurate bowling and deep set fields. Both perished trying. 9th wicket pair Ian Charles and Dave Jones had a survival job to do. With the two opening bowlers back in tandem, they had 9 overs to survive in very poor light. They did so expertly and with no alarms. Alvanley were disappointed not to chase the target but with so many changes to the team, a draw is not a bad outcome.

18/04/15. Alvanley at Stockport. ACC 110 all out, SCC 112/2. Stockport win. [scorecard]

After last weeks encouraging friendly win at Middlewich, the wind was taken from Alvanley’s sails in the season’s first league game at Stockport on Saturday. Alvanley were asked to bat first on a typical April green wicket. Stockport’s Mark Ely was soon causing problems finding late movement and some variable bounce with the new ball. He had Will Speakman trapped LBW in his first over and soon after Steve Charles was bowled by the same bowler. Jon Suckley has no answer either, edging to the keeper and at 31 for 3 batting was proving to be a struggle.

Having battled hard for 20 Mike Rowlands followed his team-mates back to the shed and Captain Chris Charles had no answer to a nip-backer from Tom Kidd. 45/5.There followed a brief spell of Alvanley ascendancy as Andy Bennion and Chris Jones fought back taking the score to 76 before Bennion chopped on for a belligerent 29. Jones fought on but suffered a similar fate as the timbers were breached once more. Another promising partnership between Jimmy Ecclestone and Rob Fisher was thwarted by Fisher chopping on and the innings soon folded as Ed Speakman was trapped in front and Joe Hornby was run out. Ecclestone had looked untroubled and it was a shame to see him left high and dry.

110 all out was obviously below par but with a variable wicket, there was a sniff of a chance for Alvanley. Hornby removed Barber early on and there followed a number of half chances, loud appeals and scares but Kiwi Price-Moor and Tom Kidd rode their luck and played some meaty shots to take their team past 50. The return to bowling action for Rob Fisher was a big plus for Alvanley. He got no help from the pitch but was deadly accurate with a wicket and just 12 runs coming from his first 5 overs. The inevitable was just round the corner though and the job was finished with some big shots from Kidd and Facer to take Stockport to a deserved win.The game did have a number of positives for Alvanley but they will know that batting just 26 overs was where the game was lost.

Better things to come this Saturday as Irby provide the opposition in Alvanley’s first home game of the season.


11/04/15. at Middlewich (Friendly). MCC 204/6, ACC 260/5. Alvanley win

An excellent Middlewich pitch and decent opposition were on show for Alvanley’s only friendly before next week’s league action. Middlewich made first use of the pitch from which Mike Roberts and Joe Hornby found occasional movement in probing new ball spells. Roberts will consider himself unlucky not to bag a scalp in his 6 overs for just 10 runs. The frugal work was continued by Billy Ouzoudukis on debut and after 14 overs just 36 runs had been scored. Further decent bowling spells from spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Mike Rowlands kept the rate in check as the Middlewich tried to up the pace. Ecclestone in particular was quite superb. Her 7 over spell yielded just 11 runs and bagged her first 1st XI wicket. The home team had a good base at 70/1 and began to kick on as the bowlers rotated. Suckley’s fine spell went unrewarded as the bat swung harder and Middlewich at last found some momentum with 15 overs to go. Cornford, Du Toit and Clorley all threatened 50s as the rate climbed. Bowling under pressure Hornby and Ouzoudukis stood up well to the barrage, picking up wickets and restricting the Div 1 team to a below par 204.

Will Speakman and Mike Rowlands made batting look easy, coasting to 34 before the latter fell for 24. Speakman was joined by brother Ed and the apir added 53 in 10 overs before Ed swung a nick to the keeper. Suckley came and went but young Ben Aveyard played an important role alongside Speakman to take the team to 138 before the senior player retired on 53. Chris Jones had a brief stay and when Aveyard went for a admirable and composed 28, Alvanley had plenty to do at 153 for 5. Andys Martin (19) and Bennion (29) made light of the target, coasting home with 4 overs to spare.


04/04/15 Monday’s 1st XI friendly at Oulton Park has fallen victim to the weather. There will be a nets session running instead.


05/03/15 – Cheshire Cup!! The draw is out and Alvanley are pitched against Urmston in Round 2. The game will be at Alvanley on May 10th. The winners will be at home to Premier League Cheadle.

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22/01/15  – Village KO draw has been made. A first round bye puts Alvanley up against Barrow in Round 2. If successful at Barrow, the next round would be at Birchvale, Prestbury or Hawk Green.


18/12/14 – 1st XI friendly set for Saturday 11th April, away at Middlewich CC.

16/11/14 – 1st XI League fixtures are out!!! Tricky trip to Stockport is first up on April 18th. The last game is away at Upton. All kick offs to be 12.30pm.

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15/11/14 – T20 KO News…….  Alvanley 1sts have been drawn with Christleton (away), Tattenhall (Home) and Boughton Hall (away) in the 2015 group stages.

13/09/14 v Warrington. WCC 191ao, ACC 193/5. Win 25 [scorecard]

Alvanley had set themselves a target of top four at the start of the season and they wrapped that target up by a whopping 54 points after soundly beating Warrington on Saturday. In fact alvanley only ended 12 points behind Stockport in 3rd. It has been a fine season. 

Warrington were asked to bat first on a hard quick pitch at ACC. They went off like a house on fire with a shot a ball being played, until keeper Steve Charles ran out Clutterblack with a brilliant direct hit. No further alarms came for Warrington despite a probing opening spell from Lee Ainsworth. At 55 for 1, it was captain Chris Charles who grabbed the next wicket, inducing an edge behind. When he bowled the dangerous Heaney with a beauty soon after, Alvanley would have been satisfied with 59 for 3. 

The 4th wicket yielded 56 runs as opener Kirby was joined by Aussie Adams. They counter-attacked well but were kept in check by 7 mature overs from 16 year old Joe Hornby and the wily leg-spin of Mike Rowlands. It was Rowlands’ googly that ended the partnership and soon after he induced a loft shot from Heaphy – Jon Suckley taking an awkward catch at mid-wicket. 137/5.

Jon Suckley, soon after being floored by a vicious drive into the privates was pressed into action with the cricket ball and his miserly seam soon brought rewards, removing Chadderton and MacIntosh cheaply. 150/7. Kirby was still there, passing 50 and showing that sound technique and patience worked on this wonderful pitch. A troublesome 8th wicket partnership ended with another Rowlands googly  and soon after Ainsworth returned to end the innings at a below par 191. Rowlands ended with 3 for 34 off 13 excellent overs

Alvanley’s openers – that man Rowlands and Will Speakman rattled along, showing a particular appetite for the pacy Adams. Rowlands played some outstanding shots but none better that a flat pull shot of the Aussie that went almost for 6. His 38 was classy, entertaining and deflating for the opposition. Ste Charles came and went quickly, perhaps unluckily and at 73 for 2, Alvanley were reminded that much work lay ahead. With the slow bowlers taking over the run rate dropped and when on 43, Speakman tried and failed to breach the ring and was caught. An excellent knock from Speakman, confirming a return to form. 90/3.

Si Gee and Jon Suckley are a very handy 4th wicket pair and so they proved. Their well paced stand of 76 put the game beyond their visitors. Gee paced his innings perfectly before perishing at mid off for a typically classy 39. Chris Jones bristled with positivity but tried a shot too many so it was left to Andy Bennion and Jon Suckley to see the team over the line. Suckley had displayed all his quality and fighting spirit and passed 50 to take the team to the brink. He then smashed Adams for a 6 and a four to win the game with 5 wickets and 16 balls to spare.

This was a well judged chase by Alvanley and they can look forward to even better times next season with a young squad and a hunger for even better times.

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06/09/14 – Northwich v Alvanley. NCC 182/9, ACC 183/7. ACC win 25 points [scorecard]

Alvanley’s determination to hone in on the pre-season target of 4th spot showed through in a hard fought win at Northwich. Alvanley chose to bowl first and were faced with a very aggressive start by the home team as Burns ran down the wicket to every ball. Ken Roberts bowled the more placid Gittens but is would be the 13th over until the next scalp. Ainsworth at last getting reward, finding the alert Chris Charles, placed very close at 2nd slip. Walker and Burns carried on building and at 82 had established a base for a decent total. After a frugal spell from young Joe Hornby, Chris Charles removed Walker with his first ball – brother Steve taking an exceptional catch behind. 82/3
Charles then sat in from one end while Jon Suckley, then Mike Rowlands took the road end. Suckley proved particularly hard to score off but the wicket came from the other end as Charles found the knack of ending bothersome partnerships. The bowling was backed up with a decent fielding display – Ainsworth taking a sharp catch and exacting a crucial run out, while Ste Charles had a brave display behind the stumps as the ball was invariably coming through on the bounce. Charles ended with 4 for 45 as the hosts finished with 182. A decent score boosted by the late hitting by Sefton.
Alvanley went off like a train – or rather Mike Rowlands did! He clattered 37 out of 42 for the first wicket before eventually being adjudged leg before. A mini-collapse saw the team go from 42 to 48 with Will Speakman and Ste Charles joining Rowlands in the shed.
Jon Suckley joined Si Gee for another one-sided partnership. Suckley dug in at a crucial time while Gee looked a million dollars and kept the board ticking. Suckley’s 70 minute 9 runs was an essential part of partnership of 43 that steadied the ship. The next partnership (42) – Gee and Andy Hayhurst turned the screw tighter before the latter missed an off cutter by the excellent Sam Shepherd for 19.
Andy Bennion ensured that the draw would not feature, hitting a breezy 23 and taking the team to within 16 runs of the win. When he and then Gee fell in succession, their were a few nerves in the ACC camp. Gee’s 64 was of the highest quality. Well paced and the ball well placed, he was the picture of serenity yet clinical in putting opportunities away. With the nerves jangling, Kenny Roberts and Skipper Charles were tasked with finishing the job. Roberts made quick work of it, flicking a six and slashing a four to seal 4th spot.
This was a particularly decent chase on a tricky pitch against one of the league’s finest bowlers.
Warrington next

30/08/14 v Weaverham. ACC 138ao, WCC 139/3. [scorecard]

Alvanley’s slim promotion hopes ended with defeat to a strong Weaverham team, who played at the top of their game and themselves gain promotion to Division 1.

Alvanley lost an important toss and were asked to bat in swinging conditions. The top order struggled against the exaggerated swing found by Kevin Douglas, but Ste Charles managed 17 while Mike Rowlands fought for 18 overs before falling for 10. Wickets clattered around the middle of the innings as the ball continued to swing but calmly carrying on amidst the carnage was Jon Suckley. He mixed judicious attack with determined defence to repel all that came his way. He lasted until the 45th over before edging a drive to point for an excellent 56. Lower order contributions from Chris Charles (21) and Ken Roberts (13no) lifted the score to 138.

Weaverham started badly as Roberts removed both openers cheaply but despite a number of good shouts and near misses, Waterhouse and Cornwall added most of the runs needed very quickly, Cornwall falling to Charles with the game all but won.

Alvanley will reflect that they did most things well but ran into a good team at the top of their game. 4th spot is still the target

23/08/14 v Heaton Mersey. HMCC 162/8, ACC 166/5, win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley kept their slim promotion hopes alive with a clinical win over Heaton Mersey on Saturday.

Stupendous work on Saturday from Ian Charles kept the wicket dry as the ground gradually disappeared under water. A 1.30 start was a great effort by him and the team.

The wicket was flat and dry and the early signs were that it would be hard work for the bowlers. 37 runs were added before Kenny Roberts removed Khan and Cheena, reward for bowling excellent lines. 16 year old Joe Hornby was given first change and how he rewarded his captain. His 2 for 17 in 7 excellent overs highlighted his potential and took his team to a strong position. Mike Rowlands’ leg spin accounted for star player Hussain, Ste Charles taking a smart catch with the gloves and at 73 for 5 Alvanley were in a great position. 

Rowlands was in fine form as his first 7 overs went for just 4 runs. The moment the 6th wicket pair tried to break his shackles a wicket fell – Bennion taking the edge at slip. The tail had no option other than attack and they did so well. Rowlands (3 for 35) and Roberts (3 for 58) kept a reasonable amount of control a midst the hitting as decent catches in the deep were held by Jon Suckley and Chris Charles but 162 was never going to be enough on this track.

This looked to be the case as Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands looked in complete control against the new ball. Both were quickly on to the short ball and both found singles intelligently to take Alvanley to 77 for the first wicket before Rowlands miscued to fall for a solid 35. Charles followed, nicking a cut for a cultured 39. when Will Speakman followed soon after, Alvanley at 95 for 3 were reminded that there was still work to do. Jon Suckley and Andy Bennion ran aggressively and found the boundary regularly enough to keep the rate down to 4 an over in adding 55 in 10 overs before Suckley (24) tried a big shot too many.

Bennion paced his inning expertly, opening shoulders in the 3rd last over to power the team to parity before annoyingly getting out with 1 needed! He will be well satisfied with 39 and it was nice to see skipper Chris Charles flay the winning boundary, accompanied of the field by Andy Hayhurst. The 5 wicket win keeps Alvanley securely in 4th spot, just about in touch with 2nd place with Weaverham visiting Alvanley next.

16/08/14 at Congleton. ACC 204, CCC 146ao. Win 25 [scorecard]

Alvanley’s recent streak of ‘away day’ form continued on Saturday with an excellent win at Congleton.

Alvanley chose to bat first on a firm but green and grassy pitch. This looked to be erroneous as Ian Charles and Will Speakman were back in the shed with just 8 on the board. The next hour and a half was tough going as the home bowlers found uneven bounce and plenty of sideways movement, but Si Gee and Mike Rowlands were up to the task. They fought hard and put away loose deliveries clinically. Their 109 stand was of the highest quality. It was a Gee who fell first, bowled for 47 and when Rowlands fell soon after for a gritty 54, the innings was back in the balance at 125 for 4. The Andy’s Hayhurst and Bennion briefly counter attacked to get the score quickly to 150 before Bennion holed out. Chris Charles soon followed but brief partnerships between Hayhurst  and Ed Speakman, Ben Tonge and Ken Roberts moved the score towards par. Hayhurst fell for a valuable 28, leaving the last pair of Roberts and 16 year old Joe Hornby to blast 21 and boost the total to a winning 204. Hornby smacked two huge sixes to underline his potential.

Congleton came out of the blocks quickly, deciding that attack was to be their best chance of survival. Kenny Roberts induced a top edged hook from Browe but the hard work was done by Mike Rowlands who’s running catch was as impressive as it was important. Roberts removed the dangerous Blease next ball – 17 for 2.

Ed Speakman then produced the spell of his life. Pace, bounce and sideways movement were too much for the home team as he removed the middle order clinically. His 4 wickets came in eight overs including 3 bowled. When Chris Charles took out dangerman Stretch and followed it with another, in just 15 overs, Congleton were reeling on 69/8.

There then followed an extraordinary passage of play. Congleton’s number 7, Booth found a doughty ally in Cardell, batting at number 10. Cardell blocked while Booth had the innings of his life, smashing 69 from just 60 balls. The pair added 77 and at 148, would have harboured hopes of an unlikely win. Enter Mike Rowlands. His legspin puzzled the batsmen and when Booth slashed at a turning ball, Bennion plucked the ball out of the air at slip to put Alvanley back in control. Soon after the final wicket fell. Again it was Rowlands finding the edge, this time finding Hayhurst at gully to wrap things up at 146.

Despite the brilliant 9th wicket stand, Alvanley can be well pleased with their 58 run win, on a tricky pitch, with several key players missing. 4th spot is looking a good bet. 

09/08/14 v Stockport. ACC 145ao, SCC 146/1. Lose 4 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley’s lingering promotion aspirations were well and truly snuffed out on Saturday by a strong Stockport performance that saw the visitors triumph by 9 wickets.

The damage was done with the bat. Early wickets fell as Stockport’s opening bowlers found swing and bounce with the new ball. Only Mike Rowlands (32), Will Speakman (27) and Andy Hayhurst (23) threatened to cash in on this flat wicket as the bowlers turned the screw. 89 for 3 was the high point but Tommy Facer had a golden spell. His 6 for 25 ripped the middle order out and left Alvanley well short at 145 all out.

The reply was emphatic. Mike Rowlands removed Hope but from here on the visitors batted with control to coast home by 9 wickets.

02/07/14 at Upton. ACC 119ao, UCC 117ao. Win 25. [scorecard]

An incredible game and an incredible win!
Alvanley were asked to bat first on a firm green wicket, which although showed a couple of wet patches, was in good order considering the deluge of rain at noon. Everything looked comfortable as Jon Suckley and Ste Charles eased to 18 before the former was sent back leg before. Charles followed in the next over and it was apparent that scoring runs and keeping wickets in tact were going to be hard work. Will Speakman and Mike Rowlands soon followed and at 31 for 4, Alvanley were struggling. That became 39 for 5 when Bennion miscued. Chris Jones followed soon after and a debacle looked likely at 50 for 6. Alvanley bat deep and in Si Gee and Jimmy Ecclestone they had two battlers at the crease. They added an invaluable 36 before Ecclestone was brilliantly held at gully for a hard working 20. Gee got the score 98 before unluckily falling LBW for a crucial and gutsy 36. When Ed Speakman followed at 106 there remained just the last pair to get some respectability on the scoreboard. Ian Charles dug in expertly while Kenny Roberts played a few shots. They looked well set when have taken the score to 119, Roberts ran Charles out. 119 was below par but gave Alvanley a chance if they bowled well.
Ed Speakman got things off to a great start trapping Roberts for 2. He then induced an edge to slip to remove the dangerous Ingram and when Roberts nicked Aussie Potter off 23 represented a great start. 41 runs were added for the 4th wicket and Alvanley looked in trouble. Jimmy Ecclestone began well and quickly broke this partnership finding Smiths edge. With pressure building, Suckley trapped dangerman Warburton and next over Ecclestone bowled Marsland to transform the board to 67 for 6. This bowling pair then dried things up with 10 runs coming off the next 8 overs. This pressure told as a untenable 2nd run was snuffed out by a brilliant throw by Gee.  Stowell-Smith was run out by yards. The returning Speakman took out Maguire’s middle stump – 93 for 8. tense.
All this time Gary Dixon had been anchoring things for Upton. In Dan Williams he found an ally and the 9th wicket pair added 17 before Dixon clipped Ecclestone to Gee as Ste Charles expertly shuffled his pack. 110/9!
In a moment of genius, Charles then removed the miserly Suckley and brought on leg-spinner Mike Rowlands. He began with 2 overs for 1 run and looked threatening. Scurried leg byes and odd singles though were inching Upton to victory. Intelligent captaincy allowed Rowlands to have one last crack at the final wicket with just 3 runs needed. 2nd ball of the 49th over and the edge was found. Bennion’s hands grabbed the ball at slip and the celebrations began. Jimmy Ecclestone ended with 12 overs, 3 for 18, Ed Speakman 3 for 33.
After last weeks harsh end to the game, the win seemed twice as sweet.
A great game, played in great spirit went all the way, thankfully tipped ever so slightly towards Alvanley.

26/07/14. At home v Tattenhall. TCC 273/6, ACC 180ao. [scorecard]

An ignominious day for Alvanley ended in controversy as they lost off then last ball v Tattenhall.

Tattenhall played well and dominated the day. Batting first they lost Sadler early to the excellent Ainsworth and on another day that early lost might have become three or four wickets as the edge was passed regularly by the new ball. The next wicket however was a hundred runs away as the 2nd wicket pair survived and then flourished. Half centuries for Coppack, Thompson and Gibbon took Tattenhall way past 200 and eventually to an insurmountable 273 for 6. Andy Hayhurst bowled intelligently to bag 3 for 42.

Alvanley began the response badly with Bennion falling cheaply and Suckley getting an LBW decision off his box. Will Speakman threatened briefly but the most substantial partnership came from Ste Charles and Si Gee (28) who took the score to 110 for 3 with plenty of time left. A mini collapse however took the win out of the equation and so Ben Tonge and a variety of partners (including 22 from Kenny Roberts) set out to draw the game. The last pair of Tonge and Andy Hayhurst – batting at 11 following a finger injury – looked comfortable and took the game into the last over. The cause wasn’t helped by a tight wide and a tight height no ball being given – extending the over and the chance of a wicket. The last ball arrived and Tonge fended a beamer from in front of his face to silly point. This went un-noticed and he was given out to the despair of the home team, who waited in vain for the no ball call.

This was a bitter pill to swallow for Alvanley and Tonge in particular who had battled so hard for the draw.

Ste Charles can reflect on his own personal performance with pride. His 50 was of the highest quality. Ben Tonge ended with 25.

19/07/14. Irby v Alvanley. ICC 114ao, ACC 118/5. Win 25 points [scorecard]

Alvanley returned to winning ways and closed in on the promotion spots with a convincing 5 wicket win at Irby. Without an away win since April, Alvanley chose to bowl first on a green but firm track which was in great condition given the rainy weather.
Ed Speakman removed Evans and looked dangerous finding some decent bounce early on. At the other end Kenny Roberts bowled tight lines giving little away as Irby struggled to 30 after 14 overs. Change bowlers Jon Suckley and Jimmy Ecclestone were equally difficult to score off as Skipper Chris Charles set intelligent fields. Ecclestone struck twice removing both Pedi and Newman into Bennion’s grateful hands at slip. 40 for 3 after 20 overs was a great effort from Alvanley. Now it was Suckley’s turn. He found plenty of movement and his accuracy was unerring. He removed four batsmen in an excellent 13 over spell. He enjoyed bowling in tandom with Rob Fisher. His 10 overs yielded 3 wickets for a frugal 22 runs. His last wicket spelt the end for Irby at just 114. Will Speakman pocketed two very decent catches.
Alvanley’s reply began well in testing conditions as Irby new ball pair bowled very well. Mike Rowlands and Jon Suckely posted an invaluable 47 before Rowlands betrayed his determined start to hole out in the deep for a gritty 21. Suckley soon followed for 23 and when Speakman and Bennion perished in quick succession, Alvanley were a little nervous at 71 for 4 with weather closing in. Chris Charles joined Andy Hayhurst and this pair added a breezy 33 before Charles had to retire with a bad back. Hayhurst, helped by Ben Tonge finished the job off with an assured 27 not out – not helped by a rain break with just 9 needed! He scored all of his runs square of the wicket including a joyous cut to seal the 25 points.
Tattenhall next at Alvanley.

12/07/14. Alvanley v Bredbury. ACC 222/6, BCC 206/8. Alvanley winning draw 14 points  [scorecard]

Alvanley bounced back from a couple of poor performances to secure a winning draw at home to Bredbury on Saturday. The 14 points gained bumps them back up to 4th spot and in touching distance of the promotion places.

Alvanley chose to bat first on a hard flat deck and looked secure as Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles eased their team to 30 in 8 overs. It was a surprise to see Rowlands heading back to the pavilion bowled for 15. The next 15 overs saw Charles and Will Speakman play some sensible, positive cricket. Pleasing shots were punctuated by some clever running. The pair took the score to 93 before Charles fell for an aesthetic 43 as he tried to force the field back. Si Gee was unlucky to fall LBW soon after and so Speakman and Andy Hayhurst had to steady the ship. The pair took the score to 128 when Hayhurst dabbed a ball straight to slip. With just 13 overs left some acceleration was needed if 200 was to be achieved. Andy Bennion provided just that with a breezy 38 off just 32 balls, adding 50 in 8 overs with the redoubtable Speakman. Even better was the 40 added by Speakman and captain Chris Charles. With brilliant running the stand took just 5 overs with Charles battering 32 of just 17 balls. Speakman played the perfect number 3 role, rotating the strike and holding the innings together. He can be well please with his 69 not out as his team scored a lofty 222/6 off 50 overs.

Bredbury responded well although Lee Ainsworth can consider himself unlucky to go wicket-less in his opening spell. The openers added 57 before Chris Charles nipped one away from Smith into Ben Tonge’s waiting gloves. The returning Ainsworth induced a return catch from the dangerous Carr and suddenly the game had turned Alvanley’s way.

The 3rd wicket pair dug in and for a long while looked like they were settling for the draw as Charles rotated his bowlers. At the 35 over mark, the batsmen suddenly upped the ante and went for some shots. It took some decent bowling from the returning Rob Fisher and Ste Charles to stem the tide and get the breakthroughs with a wicket apiece. 185/4.

With 35 needed off the last 5 overs with 6 wickets in hand the win looked on for Bredbury. They kept playing their shot but equally the bowlers and boundary catchers held their nerve as wickets fell in a flash. With 5 balls remaining Bredbury had crashed to 202 for 8. Fisher asked some testing questions of the penultimate pair but they stood firm to ensure the draw. An excellent game of cricket played in great spirit. Fisher took a welcome 3 for 45 and Ste Charles 3 for 32.

05/07/14 – at Poynton. ACC 139/9, PCC 140/2. Lose 2 points [scorecard]

Alvanley’s season long unbeaten run finally came to an undistinguished end on Saturday, crashing to an 8 wicket defeat at much-improved Poynton.

On a green Poynton track, Alvanley batted first but were subjected to a swinging, seaming ball from the start. Mike Rowlands went quickly, undone by a big inswinger but for the 2nd wicket Will  Speakman and Ste Charles looked in control without ever cutting loose. At 26, Charles mistimed a pull and fell for 14 and Speakman soon followed ambitiously driving at a Williams inswinger.

Jon Suckley and Andy Hayhurst tried next but Suckley, whilst looking in tip-top shape, failed to get past 10, cutting the off-spinner into the keeper’s gloves. At 56 for 4, Alvanley were struggling and the ball showed no signs of doing any less.

Andy Bennion joined Hayhurst and the experienced duo set about rebuilding. Both found scoring difficult but built a foundation adding 58 in 18 overs together. Hayhurst fell for 20 trying to clear the infield but Bennion went on to a fighting 43. The tail for once couldn’t ‘up the rate’ and a disappointing 139/9 was the result of 50 overs work.

On another day that might have been a winning score and the new ball certainly beat the bat often enough to suggest it might be. Whilst plenty of wicket taking balls were bowled there were also too many four-balls and Poynton, strengthened by the return of Paul Gould chanced there arms with some ambitious shots. Gould got away with some very certain appeals but, as last season, got away with it. He also played some fine shots and credit should go his way as he guided his team to an emphatic 8 wicket win. A wicket apiece went to Ed Speakman and skipper Chris Charles – who must feel aggrieved at his lack of luck with the ball. Jimmy Ecclestone and Mike Rowlands will also wonder how they ended the  game wicket-less after impressive spells.

Back to basics now for Alvanley who have slipped to 6th in the league. Bredbury visit Alvanley next.

Andy Hayhurst and Andy Bennion take a single at Poynton

Andy Hayhurst and Andy Bennion take a single at Poynton


28/06/14 at Warrington. WCC 184/4, ACC 113/9. Draw 3 points [scorecard]

Alvanley scraped a hard earned draw at Warrington on Saturday after a late start due to heavy rain.
Alvanley bowled first and got decent assistance from the pitch with the new ball. Ed Speakman threatened to make decent inroads, beating the bat regularly. Jimmy Ecclestone the other end also had little luck as the home team took 3 per over from their opening spells for the loss of just one wicket – to Speakman. On another day Alvanley would have been well into the middle order but a combination of determined batting and an absence of ‘lady luck’ saw the home team get to 94 before the 2nd wicket fell. Jon Suckley, Kenny Roberts and Steve Charles all went at 4 an over but the wickets were few and far between – Charles grabbing a caught bowled and Suckley an LBW and a sharp catch by Roberts at cover. That was it, just the 4 wickets fell as Warrington closed on an above par 184/4 in their 43 overs.
Alvanley lost Mike Rowlands early to the swinging new ball but the next hour was serene enough with Will Speakman and Ste Charles (30) battling well. At 46 for with 23 overs left, the game was well poised. However, both batsmen fell with an over of each other, so Suckely and Andy Bennion came together and had to consolidate. They added 30 and again were thinking of the win when, in the blink of an eye, Suckley, Chris Charles, Bennion and Ed Speakman all fell with the score in the 80s.
So the draw effort began. Kenny Roberts used up 25 balls but the glue in this effort was Andy Hayhurst. The ex-Lancs man survived a series of bouncers and showed real fighting qualities to survive 45 balls in the gloom. He was well supported for the last wicket by Ben Tonge and they walked off together knowing that despite being outplayed, at half way through the season, their team remain unbeaten.

21/06/14 at home v Neston. NCC 136/8, ACC 137/8. Win [scorecard]

Alvanley were at their ‘giant-killing’ best at home to Neston in the Red Insure T20. On a cracking pitch, Alvanley’s bowlers did a great job restricting their esteemed visitors to just 136/8. Good catching (particularly Rob Fisher’s flying effort) and disciplined bowling from all six bowlers never allowed Neston to get away. Fisher’s 4 overs for 21 was a welcome return to form, While Kenny Roberts, Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles all grabbed two wickets.
Alvanley’s reply began badly as Cheshire’s Wilkinson removed Rowlands 2nd ball. The next 8 overs were all Alvanley as Ste Charles and Andy Bennion asserted themselves. Charles played some crisp drives in his 27 while Bennion was all sixes and cheeky running in his speedy 25.
Quick wickets took Alvanley from 57/1 to 77 for 4 but the reassuring site of Jon Suckley and a long batting line up meant that Alvanley always felt in control. Suckley upped the ante with some powerful drives and was well assisted by Chris Jones and Chris Charles who scored off most balls faced. When Suckley was the 4th player adjudged LBW for a terrific 40, Alvanley still had work to do. Kenny Roberts and Rob Fisher were up to it, taking 5 off the final over and 1 off the last ball to take their team home.
21/06/14 at home v Northwich. ACC 240/7, NCC 197/8. Draw 14 points [scorecard]
Alvanley took the best part of a winning draw in this crucial top of the table clash at home v Northwich.
Choosing to bat first on a flat, fast and and bouncy wicket, Alvanley stuttered against some excellent new ball bowling from Northwich. Ste Charles and Si Gee went inside 7 overs with the score on just 14. The next few overs were pivotal as another wicket would have put the visitors well in charge. Mike Rowlands and Jon Suckley were up to the task. Initially in defence and then gradually, going through the gears they pushed their team to 50 in the 19th over as they took control back from Northwich. A steady acceleration came with the previously conservative Rowlands unfurling some sumptuous drives while Suckley was in good form in all areas. The 100 was was passed in the 29th over and the 100 partnership soon followed. The pair were parted in the 36th over, having added 120, when Rowlands finally succumbed for a classy 69.
Andy Bennion joined Suckley and he breathed some fresh air into proceedings with a whirlwind 33, adding 54 with Suckley in just 7 overs. The rest of the innings was frantic as singles were scampered and boundaries found. Jon Suckley continued his magnificent innings right to the very end. His shots off his hip were a particular feature of this faultless knock. He was able to raise his bat for a second time in bringing up his first ton for the club and walked off to a great ovation with 105 not out to his name. The team ended 240/7.
Northwich’s response began badly as Kenny Roberts removed Gittens and Twigg with the score on 36. There followed a worrying stand of 65 for the 3rd wicket, runs coming apace on this magnificent wicket. Rowlands leg-spin put an end to it as Stoneley tried a shot too many, picking out that man Suckley at mid wicket. When Cherion followed two overs later for a stylish 59, again to Rowlands, Alvanley were in the box seat at 98/4. Suckley then made it 99/5 in the 28th over and at this stage it became win or draw for Alvanley with more and more fielders appearing around the bat. Rowlands picked up his third wicket on 123 and when Ste Charles grabbed two scalps 152 for 8 was looking good for the home team. They had 11 overs to remove the last two pairs but this 9th wicket partnership were obdurate and on this track it was always going to be tough. A couple of chances were grassed and in the end Alvanley trudged off having to be content with a 14 point winning draw.
Alvanley remain 2nd with the half way mark of the season coming next week.

14/06/14 at Weaverham. WCC 250/4, ACC 160/8. Draw. [scorecard]

Alvanley managed to preserve their unbeaten record at Weaverham on Saturday after battling hard to earn a draw. The result though means that Weaverham have jumped over Alvanley to take over top spot.
A crucial toss was won by Weaverham who made first use of a pitch that usually deteriorates on a hot day. Their batsmen were soon into their stride, Nash playing extravagant shts from the outset while Woods dug in. The run rate was well managed by Ainsworth and and Charles but the elusive wicket just never came. The 100 partnership came up in the 30th over but the danger lay ahead as Weaverham’s middle order is laced with big hitters.
Mike Rowlands’ leg spin accounted for the first breakthrough as Nash fell in the deep for 73. Woods and Eaton ten stepped on the gas and added a thrilling 122 in the next 16 overs – Woods falled 3 short of a 100 – well caught in the deep off by Jon Suckley. This was the first of 3 wicket in 4 balls for Ainsworth but it was too little too late as Weaverham closed on 250/4.
The chase began well with Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands looking well set, taking the score to 43 before Rowlands played an unnecessary shot to hole out. Si Gee and Charles again did the hard work, taking the score to 71 off 21 over before Charles (25) – having looked in supreme form – committed the same sin. Gee looked in great touch, easing his way to a classy 38 but when he, Suckley and Jones all played shots they would sooner forget, the writing was on the fall for Alvanley at 103/5. Chris Charles and Jimmy Ecclestone soon followed and it was now very much a long haul for the draw for Andy Bennion and the tail. Bennion lasted an hour and 20 minutes reigning himself in. He found an equally determined ally in Ben Tonge  and this pair went almost all the way before Bennion was finally undone by the persevering Cornwall for 26. Lee Ainsworth and Tonge dug in for the last 14 balls to keep the unbeaten record in tact. Tonge ended with an admirable 18 not  out in an hour and 10 minutes.
It wasn’t pretty but Alvanley showed plenty of grit to end 160/8.

12/06/14 v Tattenhall in the Red Insure T20. ACC 149/8, TCC 151/6 (19.2) [scorecard]

It is fair to say that Alvanley’s ground was at its stunning best for this T20 Cup match – the cricket wasn’t bad either.

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Alvanley had first bat on a flat dry wicket but made a poor start. Keen-ness to cash in on the powerplay saw them lose 3 wickets for just 22 runs in those first 6 overs. Si gee and Jon Suckley began the repair job and expertly chipped away at the run rate. Their 92 run partnership was just the job and it was a fluke that ended it with Sadler catching a Suckley drilled drive in his armpit for 37! gee went on to dominate and ended with a brilliant 72 not out off just 45 balls. 149 was considered below par but defendable.

Tattenhall’s powerplay was much the better. Despite Ainsworth picking up Coppack, the remainder of the powerplay went awry. 55 posted in 6 overs put the visitors ahead. Captain Charles turned the spin twins Mike Rowlands and brother Steve. They sent down 8 overs for 35 and at 92 for 5 after 14 overs, Alvanley were back in front. 3 excellent run outs featured in that passage of play.

The difference between winning and losing was Dan Power. The Kiwi controlled his and his team’s innings brilliantly. His 98 not was a model of how to play T20. He eased the winning boundary to deep square in the last over to end a great game, played in good spirit.

07/06/14 at Heaton Mersey. Cancelled due to rain. 7 points

31/05/14 at home v Congleton. CCC 113ao, ACC 114/1. Win 25 points [scorecard]

Alvanley maintained their position at the top of the league with a thumping win at home to Congleton on Saturday. Chris Charles won the toss and bowled first on a track that had dried remarkably well given the rain during the week.
Kenny Roberts made the early breakthrough with a wicked away-swinger. Ben Tonge taking a smart low catch behind the stumps. Chris Charles will wonder how he remained wicket-less the other end as he passed the edge many times in a searching seven over spell. It was the early introduction of Jon Suckley which drew the next wicket. He produced a beauty to remove Blease. The next hour though belonged to Jimmy Ecclestone. His accuracy and movement induced four batsmen into edging behind – two to Chris Charles at slip and two to the outstanding Tonge, who’s keeping was sharp and clinical. Suddenly Congleton were 63 for 6.
Suckley was difficult to get away at the other end and his reward would follow. 3 further wickets for him plunged the visitors into further trouble at 78 for 9. 
Some spirited hitting from the last pair propelled Congleton to 113 before the returning Roberts bowled Copeland. Ecclestone ended with 4 for 14 off his 7 overs while Suckley’s 13 overs produced 4 for 40. Ben Tonge took 5 excellent catches.
Alvanley’s reply began positively with Mike Rowlands and Ste Charles putting any loose balls away. Rowlands was unlucky to be dismissed for 14 with the score on 36.
From hereon Charles and Si Gee dominated the bowlers. Gee placed the ball well and ran positively, while Charles played some sumptuous drives and pulls. The pairs added 81 unbeaten runs to cruise home with 40 overs to spare. Gee ended 24 not out and Charles 75 not out of just 92 balls.
The 25 points have pushed Alvanley 9 points clear with a third of the season gone. Heaton Mersey away next.

24/05/14 at Stockport. There was plenty of competitive play, but unfortunately entirely on the snooker and pool tables. The rain simply kept falling and the excellent looking Stockport ground remained cricket-less. A shame as the two teams occupy the top spots in the league. All fixtures in Division 2 suffered the same fate.


22/05/14 – at Oulton Park in the T20. OP 219/4, ACC 189/9 [scorecard]

Over 400 runs were scored in Alvanley’s 1st T20 group match at Oulton Park, as the batsmen reigned on this tiny ground.

Oulton batted first and from the outset looked to dominate. Tom Hislop was in bombastic form thrashing an incredible 135 not out in a decent 219/4. Chris Charles was the pick of the Alvanley bowlers going for 35 from his allocation. Alvanley got off to a rasping reply, Andy Bennion took 21 off the first over and when he was out at 3.3 overs, the score had careered to 49 with his contribution an 18-ball 36. Wickets fell quickly soonafter but Steve Charles at number 6 didn’t give up the ghost and with the sky filliing in, Alvanley were 122 for 6 at 12 overs – the cut off for a game. This represented a genuine win opportunity but alas the rain stayed off and when Charles fell for an aesthetic and powerful 53, the game was up.

There was still time for 16 year old Joe Hornby to have some fun. His 31 not outof just 16 balls showed that there are plenty of talented youngsters in the ACC pipeline. ACC ended at a creditable 189/9.

17/05/14 – at home v Upton. UCC 192/8, ACC 194/5. Win 25. [scorecard]

Alvanley surged to the top of the league with a resounding 5 wicket win over Upton on Saturday. On a stunning day at Alvanley. Chris Charles won the toss and chose to bowl hoping that there might be some early help for the bowlers.

Charles himself opened up with Kenny Roberts and it was the skipper who got the early breakthrough, castling Aussie Potter with a cracking inducker. Despite a few close shaves and hearty appeals, that was the last wicket for while. There was lots of huffing and puffing but as much as the visitors tried to break free, the bowlers – Jimmy Ecclestone (7 overs for 15) and Mike Rowlands (9 overs for 31) gave very little to hit. The fielding too was frugal and full of energy. At drinks (25 overs) Alvanley were satisfied with 75 for 1. The score progressed to 98 before the returning Charles removed the obdurate Roberts. A further 47 was added by Ingram and Warburton but they were struggling for fluency as Steve Charles in particular put the shackles on. Ingram fell for a quality 77 and at this point Warburton found some momentum. This progress however was countered brilliantly by the returning Roberts whose 8 overs at the death yielded 4 wickets for just 23 runs. 192 for 8 was considered by most to be 20 short of ‘par’ on this excellent track.

Alvanley’s response began brightly with Ste Charles clipping 3 crisp boundaries before he was bowled by a beauty from Linwood. Like Upton, the 2nd partnership proved bountiful. Mike Rowlands showed his intent, crashing an early 6 into the houses, while Si Gee looked ‘up for the fight’ at the other end. The pair took the score to 102 when Rowlands (43) was surprised to be send on his way following an LBW appeal. Jon Suckley looked in fine fettle but in trying to repeat a pull, found midwicket’s grateful hands. Gee (41) followed soon after and suddenly, Upton were back in it at 114/4. 
Andy Hayhurst looked to rebuild while Chris Jones rested the initiative back with some sumptuous shots. His 23 came to an abrupt end as he called for a non-existent run and was run out.

163 for 5. Last weeks main men were now together at the crease as Andy Bennion joined Hayhurst. This pair needed to to add 30 in 7 overs to win the game. They had to work hard but managed to ease home with 8 balls to spare, Hayhurst cracking consecutive cover drives to wrap things up. He ended on 44no and Bennion 10no.

The 25 points have taken Alvanley to the top of the league, with a tricky visit to 2nd place Stockport to come next.


10/05/14 – at Tattenhall. ACC 163/5, TCC 103/5. Draw 9 points [scorecard]

Alvanley’s impressive start to the season continued at Tattenhall on Saturday although the weather finally had it’s say as the game was abandoned in the gloom, well past 8pm.
Alvanley were asked to bat first in tough batting conditions on a wet wicket. Both Ste Charles and Mike Rowlands looked comfortable but run scoring looked tough. Rowlands went first nicking Brock and with the score on just 12 in the 12th over, Charles succumbed to the pressure and picked out mid off. Si Gee got an in cutter from Power and and 22 for 3 Alvanley were floundering. Jon Suckley was joined by ex Lancashire star Andy Hayhurst and while Hayhurst dropped anchor, Suckley set about getting the board moving. The pair added 36 but when Sucked edged behind for a well made 34 Alvanley were still struggling. Jones soon followed, harshly adjudged LBW. 64 for 5 off 28 overs. 
Alvanley’s most experienced pair were now at the crease as Andy Bennion joined Hayhurst. The dug in, rotating the strike well and occasionally finding the boundary. With the 100 up in the 41st over, they gradually upped the ante. Hayhurst playing particularly well square of the wicket and Bennion placing the ball well for ones and twos. Bennion bucked this conservative trend with two enormous sixes off Power. Both batsmen passed 50 and the score went to a lofty 163/5 as the innings closed. This 98 unbeaten partnership proving invaluable. Hayhurst ended 53 not out, while Bennion finished 57 not out.
Tattenhall are a strong batting unit so much work lay ahead for the bowlers. Chris Charles put an end to Thompson uncertain innings, bowling him neck and crop, while at the other end Sadler looked impressive. At 36 he too was undone by Charles who was getting good sideways movement. A further 24 runs were added by Gibbon and Power before Jimmy Ecclestone found his range to trap Power leg before. 60/3.
Green and Gibbon tried to attack but overs continued to fly by as Ecclestone, Charles and Suckley proved increasing hard to get away.
The introduction of Ste Charles got rid of Gibbon and when Suckley removed Green, Tattenhall were teetering on 78/5. Like Alvanley, Tattenhall bat deep and the next partnership added 25 before the rain came in once more. With 61 needed of 13 overs the game was well set up with Alvanley feeling slight favorite as run scoring was a tricky proposition. This is however hypothetical as the game was declared abandoned with 8pm well passed. Chris Charles topped the bowling figures with 2 for 21 off 11 overs.
Alvanley gained 8 points on a day where most games were long abandoned and can carry confidence of an unbeaten start to the season in to next weeks home clash with Upton.

03/05/14 – Irby at home. ACC 206/9, ICC 154/6. Winning draw 13 points. [scorecard]

A thrilling 1st half to the game wasn’t matched by the second half as Alvanley dominated this home fixture with Irby but were made to settle for a winning draw as Irby dug in, responding to Alvanley’s imposing 206/9.
Alvanley’s ground looked a picture and the pitch was dry and flat. Chris Charles elected to bat first but things didn’t go to plan at initially. Mike Rowlands looked in great touch but, on 10 he scooped a pull to backward square leg to give Irby their breakthrough. Ste Charles and Jon Suckley looked in little trouble and took the score to 50 in the 17th over when Suckley missed a straight ball to fall LBW for 23. Charles went soon after, brilliantly caught and bowled for 15 and when Andy Hayhurst was bowled through the gate, suddenly the home side were teetering on 52 for 4.
Alvanley bat deep and the next pair – Chris Jones and Andy Bennion counter-attached judiciously to add 46 in 7 overs before Jones edged behind. Chris Charles and Bennion carried on attacking and took the score to 122 before Charles hit the worst ball of the day straight into midwicket’s hands. Bennion’s fate was sealed soon after, pulling uppishly for a 53-ball 47. Ainsworth went first ball to leave Alvanley in trouble once more at 134/8.
As mentioned earlier, Alvanley bat deep. Jimmy Ecclestone was joined by Kenny Roberts. They ran cheeky singles, turned 1s into 2s and Roberts in particular found the boundary often enough to put Alvanley in the ascendancy. His two 6s were sizable. Roberts left the field to a rousing reception for his 25-ball 35, after adding 60 for the 9th wicket. Ben Tonge’s urgency allowed Alvanley to cruise past 200 but the ‘glue’ in the effort was Ecclestone. His cool head and sound technique gathered him 31 not out and another rousing reception from the sizable crowd. 206 for 9 at tea.
Irby’s response began slowly as Charles and Ainsworth found bounce and swing. Ainsworth broke through first finding the shoulder of Shillingworth’s bat and then the flying right hand of Bennion at slip. 4/1. Pedi came in looking to play his shots but great field placing by Charles put an end to his innings. Ainsworth again the bowler and Ecclestone the man to take a difficult catch at deep square. 19/2. A fifty partnership then followed between the excellent Newman and partner Caswell, before Suckley induced an uppish drive to send Caswell back. 74 for 3.
It was at this point that Irby seemed to change tack and settle for the draw. Alvanley therefore had hard work to do to force a result on a flat wicket. Rowlands bowled some testing legspin but was luckless and while Charles, Suckley and Ecclestone all picked up a further wicket each, the draw became an inevitable result. With men round the bat, Alvanley settled for a winning draw as Irby closed on 154/6.
As disappointing as the end of the game was, Alvanley gathered a decent 13 points and can reflect on some excellent cricket.

27/04/14 – BSPCC 61ao, ACC 63/9. ACC win 25 points. [scorecard]

Alvanley made it two wins out of two on Saturday with a remarkable win at Bredbury.
A very wet pitch greeted the teams and like last week Chris Charles lost the toss but was happy to be bowling first. Early signs were that the batsmen were going to attack but also that pitch was going to be spicy. The first breakthrough came from a supreme piece of fielding. Not only did Mike Rowlands pull off a brilliant stop at extra cover, he then had the presence of mind to pick the ball up and aim at one stump to run out Carr. Charles followed that up with a cracking in-swinging Yorker to remove the other opener and at 12 for 2, Alvanley were in a good position. Kenny Roberts began frugally from the other end and added to Alvanleys joy in the 6th over bowling dangerous Aussie Smith for 1. He followed this with a successful LBW shout and when Charles bowled the big hitting Keyworth, Bredbury were reeling at 22/5.
The ball was increasing behaving badly with several deliveries hitting or narrowly missing the batsmens’ heads. Charles grabbed another 26/6. There followed a recovery of sorts as Rick Barlow dug in but further wicket weren’t far away. Jimmy Ecclestone’s 4 overs produced 2 wickets for just 1 run. Jon Suckley chipped in with one and the returning Charles finished things off in the 27th over with the score on just 61. Charles finished with 4 for 14.
Even 61 was going to a challenge on this wicket. 0 for 2 was a stark reminder of this as Ste Charles and Will Speakman had no answer for Ushers lateral movement. Rowlands and Suckley battled to take their team to tea with the score limping along to 12. Refreshed by the break, Bredbury’s openers were able to steam in again and soon Suckley was trudging off, again bowled by Usher. Andy Bennion came and went – victim of a scuttler and when Andy Hayhurst went to a worldly gully catch, Alvanley had reason for doubting that it was to be their day. 24/6.
Ian Charles and was trapped in front and 61 seemed light years away. Enter Chris Charles and James Ecclestone. Charles made the wicket look serene while Jimmy sat in and battled hard. Charles’s stroke-play at last got the board moving and his 25 got his team to with 12 runs until he too got a brute of a ball. Ben Tonge went the way of many – bowled Usher and with 11 needed it was down to Ecclestone and number 11 Kenny Roberts. Ecclestone carried on blocking expertly while Roberts took a risk or two. He flicked and nudged his team to 59 before a rare wild delivery from the excellent Usher went for 4 byes to trigger wild scenes of joy.
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19/04/14 – ACC 166/7, PCC 100 all out. ACC win, 25 points [scorecard]

Alvanley’s picturesque ground was bathed in sunshine for the opening round of the 2014 season, but something was missing. The opposition were stuck on the motorway and the start time came and went. When they finally arrived, 8 overs had been lost from the game and Poynton duly won the toss and elected to bowl.
Alvanley’s pitch was dry and flat – to the liking of opener Ste Charles and debutant Mike Rowlands. They both looked well organised and the occasional loose ball was dealt with effectiveley as they advanced to 37 in 14 overs before Charles laced a drive into cover’s hands for 19. Rowlands followed 5 overs later for a patient but promising 16. Will Speakman and the other debutant Jon Suckley tried to rebuild and found scoring difficult as the the Poynton openers found a good length to stop the runs. Suckley tried to break the hold by pinching a single but perished from a direct hit.
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A promising start became 67 for 4 when Andy Bennion tried to break the shackles and picked out mid off. Andy Hayhurst suffered the same fate and suddenly Alvanley were in trouble at 68 for 5 with just 14 over left.
New captain Chris Charles grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. he fluently dispatched the bowling to all parts with a class 40 off just 25 balls. All this time Will Speakman had been fighting hard and gluing the innings together. He too found some fluency and rotated the strike expertly to move to 39 before the most unlucky of run outs. 127 for 6.
Enter Lee Ainsworth. He found his timing quickly and looked in great touch adding 30 unbeaten runs in just 24 balls including a huge 6 into the nets over extra cover. 166/7 in 46 overs represented a good score for the conditions and reduced overs.
Poynton have lost some notable players over the Winter and Alvanley sniffed a win. Chris Charles was excellent with the new ball, beating the bat 2 or 3 times each over but remaining wicket-less. Lee Ainsworth was rusty but between his loose offerings were signs that a wicket was a round the corner. In fact there were two as he drew an uppish drive to Hayhurst at gully and followed it up by bowling Haresnape with a beauty soon after. 39 for 2.
Jimmy Ecclestone and Kenny Roberts replaced the openers and proved to frugal. Ecclestone’s fours overs saw him grab a wicket and concede a miserly 5 runs. Roberts found some swing and was unlucky not to get more than his 2 for 15 from 7 skillful overs. 57 for 5.
The piece de resistance was still to come. Suckley was introduced from the road end and blew the remaining Poynton batsmen away. He got the remaining 5 wicket for 28 runs with a combination of accuracy and seam movement. At the other end Rowlands’ leg spin looked a class act. His 3 overs went for just 3 runs and beat the edge at least twice per over. Poynton ended 100 all out.
A great start for Alvanley. – 25 points – but there will be tougher games to come and performance levels will need to rise if a top half finish is to be achieved.

05/04/14 – Alvanley begin the season with a friendly at Davenham, this Saturday the 12th. 1pm start

07/03/14 – ACC have been drawn away at Ashley in the National Village KO. The tie will take place on Sunday 27th April. In the event of a win, Northop Hall would visit Alvanley in Round 2. Full Draw

Jonno 225/01/14 – Alvanley are delighted to announce that Jon Suckley will join the club for the 2014 season. The right handed bat and right arm seamer joins ACC having played all his adult cricket at Malpas. Jon is the second big addition to the squad, following Mike Rowlands’ arrival in December.

25/01/14 – Alvanley 1st XI are drawn with Neston, Oulton Park and Tattenhall in the Red Insure T20. Oulton Pk away first on 22/5, followed by Tattenhall at home on 12/6,  then Neston at home on 26/6 View Page

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24/12/13 – In an effort to make everyone ‘leaner and meaner’ in 2014, an ACC Boot Camp will be starting in January. Sessions are open to all associated with ACC and will begin on Thursday 16th January. More details on the ACC Facebook page.

02/12/13 – ACC are delighted to announce that Mike Rowlands has joined the club. The left-handed bat and wrist-spin bowler has joined from Chester CO and has also played for a short time at Neston. Welcome aboard Mike!Mike agreeing terms

29/11/13 – AGM. Chris Charles is the new Alvanley Captain, his Vice is younger brother Steve.

15/11/13 – 2014 1st XI Fixtures2014 fixtures

30/09/13– Captain’s Log. “A few words as my 4 and a half year captaincy comes to an end. Firstly ‘thank yous’ To Charlesy and the lads for producing wickets that make captaincy a pleasure. Pace and bounce make for great cricket and keeps the game moving forward. Thanks to Fletch – the Chairman. He has always backed me and I appreciate the support. Thanks to Vice Chaz and unofficial Vice Shimmy – again, great support over the years.

The club has undergone a makeover, the experienced team that took the team out of the MBCCL in a blaze of glory has all but gone. The youngsters that have come through in their place have done a great job keeping the club up. Now under Chaz (or whoever) the club and individuals must be ambitious (in a measured and sustainable way) to go to the next level. Back your captains, practice regularly and hard, strive to improve, volunteer your time, thank people who run the club, keep up the club’s good name for sportsmanship……and most of all…..sing the song!!  Over and out, Skip”

29/09/13 – New opponents next year… Bredbury and Heaton Mersey join ACC from Division 1, while Upton and Northwich join from the TACS League. Northwich were promoted after original runners up – Mobberley were docked 170 points fro fielding an ineligible player.

15/09/13 – Alvanley retain their place in the County League. After four and a half years at the helm, Andy Bennion steps down as Skipper

1st XI 2013

1st XI 2013

14/09/13 – at home v Irby. ACC 184/8, ICC 185/9. ICC win off penultimate ball with the last pair in with 2 leg byes. Si Gee hit a supreme 86 for ACC. [scorecard][match report]

07/09/13 – at Bollington. ACC 166ao, BCC 167/4. Lose 5 points. [Scorecard]

31/08/13 – v Congleton. ACC 216/9, CCC 215ao. Amazing win with a ball to spare. Win 25 points.  [scorecard][match report]

24/08/13 – ACC 170/8, WCC 172/2. Lose 6 points. [scorecard][match report]

17/08/13 – v Poynton. Rain affected. PCC 217/5 in 47, ACC 156/7 in 37. Draw, 6 points  [scorecard][match report]

10/08/13 – at Warrington. ACC 186/6, WCC 187/2/ Lose 6 points.  [scorecard][match report]

03/08/13 – at home v Tattenhall. ACC 153/9, TCC 154/2. Lose, 4 points  [scorecard]

27/07/13 – at Timperley. ACC 189/8, TCC 190/5. Lose – 8 points.  [scorecard][match report]

20/07/13 – Stockport at home. ACC 167ao, SCC 168/5. Lose 6 points.  [scorecard]

13/7/13 – SGCC away. SGCC 132ao, ACC 119/8. Draw  [scorecard][match report]

6/7/13 – Davenham at home. ACC 170ao, DCC 174/8. Lose, 9 points  [scorecard]


29/6/13 – Irby CC 207/8, ACC 160ao.  [scorecard]  [match report]

22/6/13 – ACC 233/7, BCC 210ao. ACC win.  [scorecard][match report]

19/6/13 – 1st XI are at home v Bollington this Saturday. Dodgy forecast. 11.45 meet. Team: Bennion, S Charles, C Charles, Gee, Szymura, Speakman, Shewring, Weir, Ainsworth, Roberts, Tonge.

15/6/13 – heavy defeat at Congleton. CCC 245/5, ACC 68ao. [scorecard]

13/6/13 – ACC 125ao, WCC 126/5. [scorecard]

9/6/13 – Next action for the 1st XI is this Thursday at home to Widnes. 6pm start

8/6/13 – v Weaverham. WCC 255/4, ACC 119ao. Lost [scorecard][match report]

3/6/13. Village KO Semi at Tattenhall. TCC 207/9, ACC 178ao.

2/6/13. ACC 151/8, PCC 154/5 (lost in the last over). [scorecard][match report]

30/5/13 – 1st XI away at Poynton. Team TBC

30/5/13. Consecutive wins! ICC Red Insure T20 – 109/7, ACC 111/2 [scorecard][match report]. Red Insure T20 Group 6 table

28/5/13 – 1st XI travel to Irby this Thursday in the Red Insure T20. Team TBA

25/5/13 – WCC 100ao, ACC 102/3. Win 25 points. [scorecard][match report]

25/5/13. ACC 1sts at home v Warrington. Bennion, S Charles, C Jones, C Charles, Shewring, Fisher, Roberts, Ainsworth, Weir, Gee, Tonge. 11.45 meet

20/5/13 – Village KO – Following B&TCC withdrawal, ACC now face Tattenhall on Sunday June 2nd.

20/5/13 – next up for ACC is Warrington at home this Saturday.

18/5/13 – at Tattenhall. TCC 216/7, ACC 85ao. [scorecard][match report]

16/5/13 – Red Insure T20 v Oxton. OCC 180/5, ACC 165/7. Great effort against a Prem team. [scorecard][match report]

13/5/13. Next for the 1st XI: Thursday T20 at home v Oxton, Saturday at Tattenhall, Sunday at home v Birchvale in the National Village KO.

11/5/13 – ACC 157ao, TCC 159/2. Lose 4pts. [scorecard][match report]

7/5/13 – team for Saturday. Bennion, S Charles, Pickersgill, Hayhurst, Jones, Shewring, C Charles, Ainsworth, I Charles, Weir, Fletcher. 11.45 meet. Jones on ground, Weir on bar, Lee on tea and Chas on pre-match.

4/5/13 – ACC 82ao, SCC 83/1. Lose. Oh dear  [scorecard][match report]

1/5/13 – 1st XI for visit to Stockport. (unchanged for 3 games) Bennion (c), S Charles, Szymura, Speakman, Jones, Shewring, C Charles, Ainsworth, Fisher, Weir, Tonge (wk). 11am meet at ACC or 12 at SCC.

27/4/13 – SGCC 170/6, ACC 171/9. Win 25. Nerveshredding! [scorecard][match report]

The hail couldn't prevent the ACC winning on Saturday.

The hail couldn’t prevent the ACC winning on Saturday.



24/4/13 – AC 1st XI to play at home v Stockport Georgians: Bennion (c), S Charles, Szymura, Speakman, Jones, Shewring, C Charles, Ainsworth, Fisher, Weir, Tonge (wk). 11.45 meet. Desmond on Ground. Jonesy on Teas. Ste on Bar duty.

20/4/13 – DCC 157ao, ACC 156 ao – lose 6pts[scorecard][match report]

17/4/13 – Team for Saturday at Davenham: Bennion (c), S Charles, Szymura, Speakman, Jones, Shewring, C Charles, Ainsworth, Fisher, Weir, Tonge (wk). 11.30 depart from ACC or 12noon at DCC.

13/4/13 – CHCC 160/6, ACC 70/3 (abandoned). Andy Martin (2 for 24 and Ste Charles 33 were the top performer in a cold wet but very worthwhile friendly at Division 1 Cheadle Hulme.[scorecard][report]

8/4/13 – PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY HAS CHANGED AGAIN. 1st XI now playing at Cheadle Hulme. 1pm start

21/2/13 – Pre-season Friendly has changed. The OPCC game is off. We now face Malpas away on Saturday 13th. 12 noon start.

21/2/13 – 1st XI T20 dates: 16/5/13 is Oxton (h), 30/5/13 is Irby (a) and 13/6/13 is Widnes (h). See more on Play-Cricket

21/2/13 – Need to top up your ACC kit / leisurewear for the season?? CLICK for kit

18/2/13 – Winter Training has been cancelled at John Deanes and (weather dependent  will now take place at ACC at 10.30am on Sunday mornings.

5/2/13Village KO Draw 2013

2/2/13: Red Insure T20 Cup Groupings (subject to conf)

Group 1: NANTWICH, Oulton Park, Middlewich, Congleton

Group 2: Hyde, Bredbury, Cheadle, Stockport Georgians

Group 3: CHESTER, Grappenhall, Davenham, Warrington

Group 4: MACCLESFIELD, Toft, Bollington, Bramhall

Group 5: MARPLE, Bowdon, Heaton Mersey, Timperley.

Group 6: OXTON, Widnes, Alvanley, Irby

Group 7: ALDERLEY EDGE, Sale, Poynton, Brooklands.

Group 8: DIDSBURY, Urmston, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport

Group 9: NESTON, Christleton, Weaverhan, Tattenhall

13/1/13 – Lee Dixon to coach adult teams from early July. training night has been switched to Wednesdays in 2013. Lee has been booked to run sessions throughout April, May and June. We have also left some budget for one-to-one or small group sessions – so shout up if you want to book a session with Lee

News feed 2012

26/12/12 – League Fixtures for 2013 season – click here

23/12/12 – AGM. Andy Bennion re-elected for a further year as captain. Chris Charles becomes Vice

15/10/12 – Oulton Park confirmed as Pre-season friendly opponents in April

21/09/12 – Stats 2012 –

1st XI 2012

1st XI 2012

20/09/12 – Final League Table 2012

20/09/12 Coming soon…. THE BALL 29th September, League Dinner, 5th October, ACC Race Night 23rd November

15/9/12 at Stockport. SCC 58ao. ACC 59/1. Win 25 [scorecard] The song………was sung. Lots of times in all sorts of places. Loudly

8/9/12 at home v Warrington. WCC 216/5, ACC 217/5. Win 25 [scorecard]

1/9/12 at Middlewich. MCC 227/9, ACC 203ao. Lose 8 [scorecard]

25/8/12 at home v Poynton. PCC 172ao, ACC 86ao. Lose 4 [scorecard]

18/8/12 at Upton. ACC 125/8, UCC 126/4. Lose 1 [scorecard]

11/8/12 at home v Stockport Georgians. ACC 142/8, SGCC 97/9. Draw 8. [scorecard]

4/8/12 at Timperley. ACC 99ao, TCC 100/5. Lose 2. [scorecard]

28/7/12 v Congleton. CCC 134ao, ACC 138/3. Win 25 [scorecard]

21/7/12 at Cheadle. ACC 125ao, CCC 126/8 – lose 3 [scorecard]

14/7/12 at home v Tattenhall. Draw. TCC 221/7, ACC 191/7 [scorecard]

10/7/12 at Christleton in the T20 Plate Q/F

7/7/12 at Malpas. ACC 142/5 (35), MCC 143/6. Lose 10 points [scorecard]

30/6/12 at home v Stockport. ACC 138/9 (40 overs) SCC 139/4. Lost [scorecard]

23/6/12 at Warrington. WCC 96ao, ACC 57ao. Lose [scorecard]

20/6/12 v Widnes T20 KO Plate. ACC 158/7, WCC 136/3. Win [scorecard] 

16/6/12 v Middlewich. ACC 118ao, MCC 90/9. Draw 6 [scorecard]

9/6/12 at Poynton. Cancelled 7 points

2/6/12. at home v Upton. ACC 207/6, UCC 101ao. Win 25. [scorecard]

26/5/12. ACC 1st XI at Stockport Georgians. ACC 160ao, SGCC 161/4. Lose. [scorecard]

24/5/12 ACC now face Widnes in the T20 Plate. Date TBC

23/5/12 at home v Oxton in the Red Insure T20KO OCC 131ao, ACC 113/6. [scorecard]

19/5/12 v Timperley. TCC 234/9, ACC 80ao. Lose [scorecard]

18/5/12 – CLUB BBQ

12/5/12 – at Congleton – ACC 80ao, CCC 84/4. Lose [scorecard]

6/5/12 at Birchvale & Thornset in the National Village KO is OFF they withdrew, so next round is 20th May v Hawarden Park. Venue TBA

5/5/12 – at home v Cheadle. ACC 159ao, CCC 160/6. Lose [scorecard]

28/4/12 – at Tattenhall CC. TCC 137ao, ACC 117ao. Lose 4 [scorecard]

21/4/12 – 1st XI at home v Malpas. MCC 72ao, ACC 73/3. Win 25 poits [scorecard]

15/4/12 – OPCC 178ao, ACC 180/8. Alvanley win

6/4/12 – Oxton (T20 KO) is now set for Weds 23rd May, 6.30pm, at ACC.

28/3/12 – Outdoor nets have started – every Tuesday from 6pm

17/2/12 – Village KO Draw. 6/5/11 away at Birchvale and Thornset. Winner will be at home to Hawarden Park in the area 1/4 finals on 20/5/12.

15/1/12 – FRIENDLY news – Oulton Park away on Sunday 15th April

12/1/12 – Sponsors for 2012 – “Belly Full – Caribbean Cafe Bar” – chester

AGM – 1st XI Captain will once again be Andy Bennion

2012 County League fixtures. Malpas at home on 21/4/11, followed by Tatters away on the 28th.

County League 1st XI T20 Cup Draw 2012 – Oxton at home.

Winter nets begin at Kings School Chester, Sunday 29/1/12, 4pm til 6pm

2011 as it happened….

Final Table 2011

1st XI 2011

1st XI 2011

14/11/11 – League stats show that after a terrific year for the team, a number of individuals were able to show off some impressive stats:

  •    Mark Szymura 8th in league batting averages
  •    Mark Szymura 3rd and Andy Bennion 4th in most league runs scored
  •    Rob Fisher 2nd and Dave Shewring 11th in bowling averages
  •    Rob Fisher 2nd and Dave Shewring 5th in most wickets
  •    Andy Bennion top of the outfield catches
  •    Chris Fletcher 2nd in w/k stats

21/10/11 – MBCCL League Dinner

7/10/11 – Midweek League Dinner

24/9/11 – Club dinner at the Goshawk 6pm – See Shimmy for details

17/9/11 – at home v Weaverham. ACC 224/8, WCC 220/7 – draw 16 – UNBEATEN SEASON, LEAGUE RECORD POINTS [scorecard]

10/9/11 at Runcorn. RCC 125 ao, ACC 126/5. Win 25. Champions [scorecard]

3/9/11 at home v Birkenhead Pk. ACC 211/3, BHPCC 176/8. Draw 16 [scorecard]


27/8/11 at home v Ashley. Alv 149/9, Ash 88 all out [scorecard]

20/8/11 at Ashton OM Alvanley 187/4 dec, AOM 158 all out. Win 25 [scorecard]

13/8/11 at home v Trafford Alvanley 205/2dec, TMVCC 91ao. 25 points [scorecard]

6/8/11 at Davenham. Davenham 174 all out, ACC 154/7 – draw 10 points [scorecard]

30/7/11 v Oakmere. ACC 213/8, OCC 149 all out – win 25 [scorecard]

23/7/11 at Hale Barns. HBCC 224/7, ACC 174/8 – Draw 11 [scorecard]

16/7/11 v Northwich. NCC 176/4, ACC 176/9 – tie 18 [scorecard]

9th July at Prestbury. PCC 142/6, ACC 146/4. Win 25 [scorecard]

Sat 2nd July at Weaverham. WCC 173ao, ACC 113/9 – draw 8 [scorecard]

Sat 25th June at home v Runcorn – RCC 157/10, ACC 158/4 – win 25 [scorecard]

Thurs 23rd June – Weaverham at home in the T20KO – lost WCC 143/5, ACC 125/8

Sat 18th June at Birkenhead Park. BHPCC 85ao, ACC 88/8. Win 25 [scorecard]

Sat 11th June away at Ashley. Alv 171/9, Ash 171/8 – tie [scorecard]

Friday 10th June – Club BBQ – featuring the u13s QF of the Cheshire Cup v Alderley Edge

Thur 9th June – T20KO at home v Barrow – win – conceded

Sat 4th June at home v AOM – AOM 147/9, ACC 149/4 – win 25 [scorecard]

Sat 28 May : Trafford away. TCC 104ao, ACC 109/2 – win 25 [scorecard]

Thur 26th May at Groves CC (1st XO 2020KO). ACC 174/7, GCC 122/8 – win. Barrow at home next round

Sat 21st May at home v Davenham – DCC 179ao, ACC 180/2 – win 25 [scorecard]

Friday 20th – BBQ

Sat 14th May at Oakmere – ACC 155/9, OCC 144/10 – win 25 and TOP OF THE LEAGUE [scorecard]

Sat 7th May at home v Hale Barns – ACC 185ao, HBCC 139/8 – draw 16 [scorecard]

Sat 30th April at Northwich – ACC 161/9, NCC 113ao – win 25 [scorecard]

Sat 23rd April at home v Prestbury. Szymua Ton. ACC 242/4, PCC 139ao – 25 points [scorecard]

Sun 17th April : 1st XI friendly – at Aigburth. Alv 245/4, Aig 80ao

Outdoor nets are every Tuesday from 6pm

Winter nets start at EPIC (Ellesmere Port) 3 til 5 on Sundays from 23/1/11

3/12/10 – Andy Bennion re-elected Captain for 2011

Cup draw !!!! – Groves away on 26/5/11

Prestbury at Home is the first league match

New GM kit available – click here

AGM on 6/11/10, 7.30

2010 as it happened

Final 2010 Table

1st XI 2010

1st XI 2010

1st XI finish 3rd with 410 points, just missing out on promotion, as Malpas secured the points required in their last over!!

18/9/10 at Northwich. ACC 142/9, NCC 107ao – win 25

11/9/10 at Oakmere ACC 183/4dec, OCC 169ao – win 25

4/9/10 – Weaverham at home – ACC 203/5dec, WCC 136/7 – draw 16

28/8/10 at Mere. ACC 199/8, MCC 80ao – win 25

21/8/10 at home v Winnington Pk. WPCC 71ao, ACC 72/3 – win 25

14/8/10 at TMV. TMV 118ao, ACC 124/3. Win 20

7/8/10 at home Ashley -Alv 198/9, Ash 66ao win 25

31/7/10 at Hale Barns. ACC 120/7, HBCC 121/3 – lost

24/7/10 – v Stockport. ACC 200/7, SCC 201/6 – last ball! 13 points

22/7/10 at Northwich T20KO SF – lose

17/7/10 at Davenham ACC 198/7, DCC 114ao – win 25

10/7/10 – at home v Malpas. ACC 211/9, MCC 214/6 – lose13

8/7/10 2020 QF at home v Weaverham. WCC 135/4, ACC 136/7 win

3/7/10 v Northwich. ACC 167/6, NCC 166ao – Win 25

26/6/10 v Oakmere. ACC 173/7, OCC 136ao. Win 25

Thursday 24/6/10 v Kingsley. ACC 208/3, KCC 123/8 – win

19/6/10 at Weaverham. WCC 151/8, ACC 129ao. Lose 6

12/6/10 at home v Mere ACC 228/9, MCC 165/8 – draw 16

10/6/10 at Runcorn in the T20 – won. RCC 119/8, ACC 120/4

5/6/10 at Winnington. WP 197/5, Acc 96ao. lose

29/5/10 – at home v Trafford – TMVCC 158/5, ACC 162/7 – win 25

22/5/10 at Ashley. ACC 163/8, Ashley 122ao – win 25

15/5/10 at home to Hale Barns. HBCC 179/6, The Weebles 183/4 – win 25 points

8/5/10 at Stockport. SCC 254/3, ACC 130ao. Lose 4

1/5/10 ACC V Davenham. DCC 133ao, ACC 137/8 – win 25 points. Into 2nd place !!

25/4/10 Malpas v Alvanley. Lost – ACC 191/8, MCC 197/9 – 15 points

1st game of 2010 was a friendly at Chester BH – ACC 237/3, CBH 170/9

AGM News…..Andy Bennion installed as 1st XI Captain for 2010

Match fees increased to £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors

Alvanley have entered a Northwich based indoor league over the Winter – matches began in January

As 2009 happened

Final 2009 Table

1st XI 2009

1st XI 2009

Sat 12th Sept at Barrow – won – BCC 152/10, ACC 154/3

20/20 Final!!! at Barnton CC v Stockport – ACC 199/3, SCC 131. ACC WIN!!!


ACC 1st XI 09 scorecard

2020team T20 Cup Winners 2009
BR. Mike Roberts (sc) Chris Fletcher, Rob Fisher, Mark Szymura, Ian Charles, Chris Charles, Marcus Gilbert
FR. Ed Speakman, Ben Pearce, Ste Charles, Andy Bennion, Dave Shewring, Pete Pearce

Sat 12th Sept at home v Mere. Lost ACC 108, Mere 109/5

Sat 5th Sept – away at Ashley, OFF

Sat 29th August – at home v Hale Barns : Winning draw – 16 points to 8. ACC 170/8, HBCC 125/8

Sat 22nd August Davenham away – lost – ACC 124/10, DCC 125/5

Sat 5th August at home Ashton OM -win – AOM 151/10, ACC 154/8

Sat 8th August – away at Trafford MV – draw – TMVCC 176/9, ACC 145/8

Thurs – 6th Aug 20/20 SF at Prestbury – WON!!! PCC 140/5, ACC 144/9

Sat 1st Aug – at home v Northwich – draw – NCC 138/10, ACC 94/8

Sat 25th July at Winnington Park team lose – ACC 162/8. WPCC 163/7

Saturday 18th July away at Congleton. Outstanding winning draw – ACC 158/9, CCC 108/8

Saturday 11th July at home v Malpas – ACC win – ACC 184/7, MCC 55ao

Thurs 9th July – QF 20/20 at home v Barnton – won ACC 148/5, BCC 132/6 –

Saturday 4th July – Barrow at home Alvanley win ; Barrow 80/10, ACC 81/2 :

Saturday 27th June at Mere : Alvanley lost – ACC 127/9, Mere 128/3

Mark Szymura resigns the 1st XI captaincy

Thursday 25th June – 20/20 KO v Weaverham at ACC – Alvanley Win – WCC 95/8, ACC 99/7

Saturday 20th June v Ashley – Alvanley win – Alv 179/9, Ashley 138/10

Saturday 134th June at Hale Barns. Alvanley win – HB 173/ao, ACC 177/8

Thursday ACC at home v Runcorn in League 20/20 – Alvanley win – Alv 141/9, Runcorn 98/8

Saturday 6th June v Davenham- match abandoned due to rain

Saturday 30th May ACC v Ashton OM – lost – Ashton 97/10, Alvanley 92/10

Tuesday 26th v Wirral 20/20 Alvanley 138/4, Wirral 108/5

23rd May v Trafford – Trafford 154/9, ACC 103/10 – lose

16th May 1st XI away at Northwich (drawn No 165/7 ACC 86/8)

9/5/09 v Winnington Pk. – win WP114 for 9 Alv 118 for 2

2/5/09 v Congleton – win Alv 191/5 / Cong 176/10

25/4/09 v Malpas – drew at Malpas 223/10 / ACC 209/5

Friendly – Sunday 19th April v Boughton Hall – lost 259 / 253/5