Just one game away from finals day proved to be a step too far for Alvanley who ran into a very good Neston team. Missing several key players, Alvanley will rue the short notice given to play this game, but nothiong should be taken away from Neston who were excellent in all departments.
Their 182 was 40 over par with Stokes the fulcrum of the innings stroking 55. Sophie Ecclestone, Mike Rowlands and Billy Ouzounidis had reasonable bowling returns for the Alv.
In reply the innings never got going and with nobody passing 16, Alvanley ended well short on 93/8.
The whole T20 campaign has to be judged as a great success and a platform to go a step further next year?
15/06/17 v Boughton Hall. ACC 125/9, CBHCC 118/9. Win. Through to the quarters! [scorecard]
A winner takes all group decider was at stake as Alvanley hosted Chester Boughton Hall in Group 3’s final round of games. Opponents, Boughton Hall were National T20 winners in 2015, so this was as tough an assignment as they come for Alvanley.
Alvanley chose to bat first in front a very decent crows and got off to a flyer with Andy Bennion Mike Rowland and Lee Ainsworth all hitting speedy double figures scores in the powerplay. None were able to go on and make significant scores but 54 in that powerplay represented a great start.
This was the the theme of the innings as lots of batsmen contributed but nobody went big. The glue was provided by Si Gee (21 and Jonno Whitley (19) and the coup de grace provided by Billy Ouzounidis who strode in with 1 ball to go at number 11 and hit an enormous six to boost the score to 125.
Boughton Hall go off to a flyer too with 20 coming from the first two overs. Stand up Billy Ouzounidis. He produced the ball of the day to bowled Warren Goodwin and for the rest of the powerplay, he and Ste Charles dried things up, restricting the visitors to just 34.
Mike Rowlands replaced Charles and Lee Ainsworth replaces Ouzounidis and the next passage of play was all about attrition as the bowlers gave little away and the fielding was top draw. McDermott’s tumbling catch saw off Dixon and as wickets began to tumble, so did the scoring rate. Rowlands can be delighted with 2 for 14 off his 4 overs.
The game entered the closing stages. Chris Charles stopped the prolific Ollie law, now past 50, from hitting boundaries and the game boiled up to the last over with 13 needed.
That man Ouzounidis was entrusted with the ball. If you could order the perfect over, this was it. Billy bowled two batsmen and ran another out to give Alvanley a seven run victory, without doubt the club’s finest in its 150 years+ history.
For the first time Alvanley are through to the semi finals, where they will face Neston.
10/06/17. Alvanley began their campaign with a 9 wicket win at Christleton – the 92 runs required were knocked off in just 8 overs with Mike Rowlands leading the way belting 62 not out. The second game saw a much closer game as Barrow visited Alvanley. Alvanley set 159 and Barrow got close enough to keep a sizable crowd on the edges of their seats but fell 8 runs short to set up this pivotal decider.
Should Alvanley pull off this giantkilling feat, they would be one game away from the prestigious Finals Day…..one step at a time perhaps!