Training is at Alvanley CC on Friday evenings at 6.15pm
A new Alvanley CC clothing range from Adidas has been launched – clothing can be ordered from the online shop.
Alvanley has changed the way you pay for your cricket. From this April parents will be asked to pay £30 with a further £30 in July. This includes a new Adidas club shirt
07/06/16. Not such a good night tonight for the U13’s in the national cup @ Warrington as we came up against a very strong Warrington side. Warrington won the toss and bowled first. They bowled a very consistent / tricky line and length, throughout the 20 overs, giving very little for the ACC batters to go after.
05/06/16. NCJCA Cup game – a Win for ACC. Alvanley won the toss and bowled first.
25/05/16 After an abandoned game last Friday, the 13s game out on top in their Nation KO round 2 replay at Lymm. ACC 106 / 4 off 15 overs, Lymm OP 79 / 5 off 15 overs. Warrington await in Round 3.
15/05/16 v Frodsham
08/05/16 – v Barnton
9/08/15 Kingsley 113-8 (25 overs) Alvanley 114-2 (20 overs) – Won by 8 wickets
Kingsley won the toss and batted first on a 22 yard wicket (mix up by the KCC groundsman). Isaac and Freddie smashed the opening bowling around as they did at ACC earlier in the season but after both retired the Kingsley batting didn’t offer much challenge to our bowling. All 10 outfielders bowled with Archie and Morgan picking up 3 cheap wickets each and Harry and Sam Martin once apiece.
Our ground fielding was terrific with slides and dives aplenty. Special mention to one piece of boundary teamwork by Liam and Owen, it was like watching the pros. Liam chased down the hill, dived and flicked the ball back for Owen to return the ball over the stumps.
After much debate George opened with our regular number one, Morgan. A steady start moved the board to 50 in the ninth over when Morgan was bowled for 15. Harry chipped one back to the bowler and was gone for 5. Charlie and George took the score up to 93 before George retired (27). Charlie reached his 25 to level the scores and Owen (6*) and Sam M (0*) watchfully saw the side home with 5 overs to spare.
13/07/15 NCJCA U13 cup Semi-final Alvanley 110-8 (20overs) Davenham 104-9 (20 overs)
This was an epic tussle, in which the upper hand switched from one side to the other, over by over, ending in Stygian gloom at ACC on Monday night.
After a day spent anxiously watching the weather it was a relief to get underway on time with the full 40 overs to bowl. Alvanley won the toss and elected to bat, looking to make the most of the fading daylight.
Morgan and Louis faced up to the impressive Davenham openers, Garner quick, O’Sullivan shaping the ball away at a lively pace. But quick isn’t always effective and the scoreboard ticked over with byes, wides and no-balls prevailing. Louis took a beamer in the midriff but was soon back on his feet. He missed a good one from O’Sullivan and was bowled for 5 with the score on 19 (Morgan was on 2 at this stage!). George was bamboozled by O’Sullivan’s gratuitous swing and was bowled first ball, ending with both feet pointing at the bowler. Harry survived the hat-trick ball. But perished soon afterwards pinned in front as he walked across his stumps for 2. Charlie had a brain freeze, stepping across his stumps and letting the ball hit his back leg in front of middle stump, offering no shot.
Crisis – 40 for 4. Archie strode in and smacked a four. Morgan followed the lead and thumped successive sixes into the fence. Archie then joined in, hitting a brace of fours. Runs flowed, the score motored up to 75. The momentum was with the Alv, the field scattered. Morgan couldn’t keep a cut shot down, the catch was dropped by short third man, but in the confusion Archie was slow coming for the single and was run out for 12. This brought Robert to the crease. He did what Robert does so well. Pushing the ball into spaces and running. He was particularly effective against the short ball. He and Morgan moved the score up to 99 at the start of the 18th over. Garner returned for his last over and bowled Robert (7) and Ted (first ball). Owen saw Morgan to his 50 in the 19th over before being caught behind. Joe helped Morgan take the score up to 110 at the end of innings. A par score we felt, good bowling and fielding would be required to keep Davenham below 110.
Morgan’s innings (52*) – He batted through the 20 overs hitting 5×4 and 2×6. Whilst scratchy at first he started moving his feet really well, playing front foot shots as well as his trademark cuts and glances. This was a really mature innings, without which we would not have raised a competitive total.
We had a perfect start, George had the Davenham opener caught behind by Charlie from the first ball of the innings. Momentum swung to the Alv. Garner and O’Sullivan moved the score along to 24, playing George and Louis competently, but never comfortably. Then Louis pinned Garner in front. Alvanley nosed ahead again as George and Louis bowled out (1/12 and 1/11 respectively). How would our change bowlers perform? Ted generated a head of steam from the road end, charging in through the developing gloom. Perhaps the key turning point occurred in Ted’s second over when O’Sullivan was slow returning for a second run and Archie hit the stumps direct with a bullet throw from 30 yards. O’Sullivan wasn’t even in the frame. Harry bowled from the field end and slipped throughout his first over as the rain started to take effect underfoot. A quick boot change with George worked wonders. Ted (4-1-14-0) was turning the screw, bowling a maiden and creating scoreboard pressure, enough for the batsman to hit the ball straight to him and run, suicide. A quick turn and throw and Davenham lost their 4th wicket. George’s boots worked their magic as Harry picked up two wickets in two balls. Davenham were now 6 down, 50 short with 6 overs left. Alvanley were now in the driving seat.
Hudson, who had been watching the carnage at the other end now kicked in to life. 9 came off Harry’s last over. Four overs left and two new bowlers, would Archie’s risky, eggs in one basket, bowling strategy pay off? His first over went for 13. Suddenly the game was swinging to Davenham as Hudson cut loose. Robert was thrown the ball. His first over went for 5. 16 runs were required from 2 overs with Hudson on strike on 27. The force was with Davenham. But Archie bowled straight, fast and full; Hudson’s middle stump rocked back, crowd roared. The over went for 5. Robert had 11 runs to play with, he didn’t need them, a run out left Davenham requiring 7 off the last ball. Robert cleaned bowled the Davenham batsman to leave the mighty Alv victorious by 6 runs.
What a game. Two very evenly matched sides. What made the difference? Both teams were excellent in the field, chasing everything, Robert particularly. But Davenham committed three misfields which went for 4. Alvanley just one. Extras were about even (D 36, A 32), the wet ball playing a part. Our fifth bowler (Archie and Robert combined) went for 2/26 from 4 overs, Davenham’s went for 0/33 from three overs.
But Morgan’s innings was the difference, providing the backbone of the innings.
The final will be at Alvanley on the 13th September, opponents will be either Weaverham or Runcorn.
12/07/15 v Frodsham. Alvanley 170 for 2 (25 overs) Frodsham 48 (16.2overs)
After the loss of Morgan for 2, Charlie, Louis, Harry and Archie all retired. Harry achieved a fourth consecutive retirement. He has now scored 100 runs since being dismissed against Toft on the 7th of June. Louis achieved his first retirement. The top eight in the batting order have all achieved at least one retirement this season which shows the depth of talent we have. Frodsham’s bowling was wayward and this made batting difficult, although they did contribute 42 extras to the total. Connor (12*) and Owen W(6*) enjoyed a brief cameo at the close to take the Alv up to 170 for 2.
We mixed up the bowling and pulled a terrific performance out of the bag. Liam bowled 5 overs, 2 maidens, 10 runs, 4 wickets. He is now tied with Owen R for the best bowling figures of the season. Robert had a rare bowl and returned with 2 for 4. Ayden enjoyed an extended bowl to close with 1 for 11 off 4. Joe picked up another wicket, 1/15, and Morgan brought proceedings to an early close picking up the final wicket with his second ball.
Mention to the fielding. Frodsham didn’t set too many challenges but we grabbed just about everything above the grass. Morgan picked up another catch at second slip, Louis, Robert, Archie and Connor picked up one catch and Ayden two.
A nice warm up for the bigger game on Monday.
05/07/15 at Christleton. Alvanley 154 – 6 Christleton 118- 8
A glorious morning promised a runfest at Christleton. The gathered Under 13’s fan club weren’t disappointed.
Win the toss and bat is becoming the habit and Morgan and Owen took the good ship Alvanley to 41 in the 8th over before Owen got a good one and was bowled. Morgan didn’t respond quickly enough to Louis’s call and was run out for a well crafted 17. The two quick wickets could have slowed the scoring but Louis and Harry set about upping the rate until Louis got a bit greedy after hitting a two and four and holed out at long on for 12. Archie was his normal skittish self and after a few wafts he got into gear and reached 26 rapidly with 3 x 4, a 5 and a 6. Harry once again batted serenely reaching 25 without anyone really noticing hitting 3 x 4 in between his 13 singles. The fireworks were at the other end where Ted reached his first retirement of the season hitting 6 x 4 in his 28. Liam hit a nice 4 in his short innings as we closed on 154 for 6 from 25 overs.
Sam Gittins, Wow! first ball of the Christleton innings – middle stump rocked back. Second ball? Caught behind by Louis. 2 for 0. Ted opened up from the other end and cleaned out their number 4. The score was 6 for 3 after two overs. Everyone then bowled as we tried in involve the whole team in the win. Morgan snatched a good catch at second slip off Ted . Joe Willets picked up his first wicket and Archie induced a played-on dismissal late in the innings but the real stars with the ball were Sam (4-1-12-3) and Ted (4-1-9-3).
Man of the Match – Ted Carter
28/6/15 Alvanley 188/2 Appleton 112 all out. Alvanley win by 74 runs.
To start this a report a massive thank you to the people who cut marked and covered the wicket on Saturday evening.
After negotiating the toss (we wanted to bat, they wanted to bowl). Morgan and Charlie started what was a fantastic display of controlled strokeplay, excellent running and hard hitting from the Alv top order. After seeing the score to 60 both openers retired, 28 and 25 respectively. This was a first retirement for Charlie. His ability to pick off the short stuff and hit it through gully / backward point was a great example of low risk batting. George and Harry picked up where they left off against Davenham last week with quick singles interspersed with well selected boundaries. Both retired, 25 and 27. After Archie had a brain freeze against a very slow bowler and was dismissed for 4, Robert came and hit his first two balls for 6 and 4 over and through point before going to a 15 ball retirement. Owen was bowled for 12 going for a big off the last ball of the innings as the Alv racked up a massive 188 for 2.
The big total gave licence to play a few tunes with the bowling. But we opened up, as always with Ted “Magna” Carter who obliged with a wicket maiden. Charlie handed keeping duties to George and he shared the new ball. Picking up a wicket too.
Connor, Owen W and Ayden all had a go from the road end. Ayden picked up his first wicket when Owen W picked up a neat catch at backward point. Morgan, Owen R and Harry all got into the wickets from the field end before Robert dismissed the big hitting White, Charlie doing the honours at mid on pouching a comfortable catch.
Overall, a step change in performance after the disappointment at Weaverham and easy win at Toft.
EBI? Not much.
23/06/15 NCJCA cup Quarter Final Toft 48 all out, Alvanley 48-5
A sunny evening on the outskirts of Knutsford welcomed the U13s of Toft and Alvanley. Even the construction of the marquee for the Toft summer ball did not disturb the concentration of Louis Clark as he demolished the Toft top order, claiming the first three wickets in space of the first two overs. George couldn’t quite get his radar going but he eventually disturbed the furniture twice to reduce Toft to 36 for 6 after 8 overs. Louis finished with 4-12 and George 2-16. BUT only 16 of those runs came off the bat, the rest were wides.
Ted and Morgan picked up a wicket apiece in what became a procession. The Toft opener Kenyon could only stand and watch as he ran out of partners ending 20 not out.
Special mention to Joe Willets for some great ground fielding finished off with a neat stop and over the top of the stumps return to Owen R to effect a run out.
Archie and Morgan couldn’t contain their attacking instincts to finish the game quickly and both perished playing unwise shots for 10 and 7 respectively. A mix and match of the middle order didn’t work, with Robert, Joe and Sam quickly following the openers. George and Owen saw the ship home in 13 overs for an early bedtime.
Next cup tie is a home semi-final versus our old friends Kingsley or Davenham.
WWW? – hitting the stumps 7 times.
EBI??? – Extras were Toft’s highest scorer with 22, including 18 wides. Straight and full boys, straight and full. A more conservative approach to knocking off a low total, don’t give the opposition even a sniff of a collapse.
21/06/15 Weaverham 133/6 Alvanley 132/5 – lost by 4 wickets
A breezy morning with a good looking track, lightning outfield and short boundaries. Won the toss and batted, good start needed. Morgan and Louis took the score to 32 in the sixth over before Louis was bowled for 15, Morgan followed shortly afterwards, run out for 17. George and Harry then mixed aggression with great running to until both reached the 25 and retire mark. This was Harry’s first retirement. Archie came in and smashed a four and a six on his way to 15. Owen pulled his second ball ferociously to square leg for a certain boundary until the Weaverham skipper stuck out an Inspector Gadget right arm and the ball stuck. Much to the fielder’s surprise.
This was the the turning point as from 127/2 in the 20th over the innings stuttered to 132/5 at the close. Disappointing as we looked on course to beat last weeks 155. Would 132 be enough?
Despite Ted clean bowling the Weaverham skipperin the first over the Russets went off like a train, helped by some wayward bowling. Reaching 70/1 after 9 overs. The ACC bowlers did not adapt well to the left hand /right hand batting combinations. Following a couple of retirements for Weaverham, George swapped his keeping gloves for bowling boots and up picked two wickets in two balls. Morgan mixed medium pace and off spin to pick up two wickets. Louis snagging a catch and stumping after swapping with George. In the end the quick start made by Weaverham meant that their tailenders were able to nudge and squirt the final few runs to win with eight balls to spare.
WWW? – Setting a good target. Very few fielding errors.
EBI? – Keeping enough batting strength in reserve to be able to have a go at the end of the innings and hit the magic 150 mark.
We bowled 21 wides and No-balls. Lets work on the basics of bowling straight and full.
14/06/05 ACC 155/ 5 Toft Stags 86/8 ACC win by 69 runs
Skipper Morgan won the toss and elected to bat. A good decision! After losing Louis in the second over Morgan and Robert moved the score rapidly up to 23 in the 5th over before Robert played a similar shot to Louis, to a similar ball. A straight double bouncer which he turned into a yorker and was bowled for 10. Owen R joined Morgan and they moved the score along well until Morgan was the first retiree (26). Archie then took the bowling apart, hitting three consecutive fours to reach his 25. Owen meanwhile was more conservative in reaching his 25 although he smashed one four through square leg to get to 24.
Charlie was his usual busy self in accumulating 17 not out whilst Connor, Sam and Ted quickly came and went as we went in search of quick runs at the end.
Score after 25 overs – 155 /5. Comfortably our best return of the season. We have not had three batsmen retire in an U13s game for a long time.
The mammoth score allowed a little license with the bowling and we managed get all ELEVEN players at least one over. But the standout part of the Toft innings was our out fielding. Three direct hit run outs from Sam, Archie and Ayden and good catches by Sam and Ayden(x2) including one off his twin brother’s bowling.
Mentions in dispatches to Liam for his 5 overs one maiden for 15, he visibly grew in confidence as he worked through his spell which augers well for the upcoming games, and to Morgan 3 overs, 3 wickets, 4 runs.
04/06/15 Toft Stags 77-7 Alvanley 82-5 Alvanley win by 5 wickets
After disappointing defeats to Kingsley and Davenham the U13s marked up their first win of the season.
On a sunny morning at Toft the hosts batted first and apart from 25 rtd from their opener never really got going. Owen Rose ripped through the middle order with 4-10 from his five overs, helped by a catch and a stumping from Morgan.
We were confident enough of getting the win to mix up the batting order. This slightly backfired as Morgan(4), Robert(6) Connor(4) and Ayden (1) departed. But George (25rtd) and Joe Willetts (20not out) on his U13 debut saw the side to the edge of victory. Owen W played the shot of the day, an extra cover drive for 4 but then was run out leaving Joe to score the winning runs (a five!).
Great to get the first win. Something to build on.
01/05/15 Davenham 111-7 ACC 104-5 lost by 7 runs
Line-up: Morgan Hyde (c), George Arnold, Ted Carter, Louis Clark, Ayden de Winter, Connor de Winter, Robert Hughes, Thomas King, Owen Rose, Liam Wentel, Archie Wilson.
A solid bowling performance kept Davenham to 111 from their 20 overs. Ted Carter taking two in two balls, swinging the ball away nicely once he got his length sorted. George saw off Davenham’s number 4 but then Davenham’s fourth wicket pair put on a big stand in quick time to put them in the driving seat. Archie and Lewis tightened things up at the end of the innings, each bowling three overs, 1-6 and 1-8 respectively. Liam Wentel nicked a wicket on debut, flicking the top of off stump in the last over.
In review, we allowed Davenham to get around 12-15 too many runs through mistakes in the field. Honourable exception Robert Hughes who dived and ran all evening.
Morgan and George opened for Alvanley and went off like a train, 18 coming from the first three overs through thoughtful batting, using the pace of the ball, the lightning quick outfield and short boundaries. George was well caught around the corner for 12. The innings then stalled as we lost some of the early momentum. Robert was bowled for 5 and Morgan for a well crafted 23, trying to up the rate. After Louis (7) ran himself out going for a second run on a misfield, Archie (19*) and Owen came together needing 50 off 5 overs.
Some good running, wayward bowling and good hitting took the requirement to 12 from the last over. In gathering gloom Owen (14) chopped on trying to run the ball to the vacant 3rd man boundary off the first ball and although Ted smashed a 4 through extra cover Alvanley ended 7 short.
WWW – Bowling and Batting.
ATI – ground fielding and running between the wickets. This will be our focus area on Friday, middle practice for all.
08/03/15. The North Cheshire Cup draw has been made. Alvanley 13s will travel to Toft in the first round.
22/06/14 v Barnton. Alvanley 102/8 24.3 overs Barnton 98 all out 21.2 overs
ACC won the toss and stuck Barnton in on a sunny day, with a belting track and fast outfield.
Early wickets for George (3 for 5) and Ted (2 for 10) put Barnton on the backfoot but a clutch of dropped catches and use of the change bowlers allowed Barnton to accelerate to 98 before Tom Bailes and Archie came on to wrap things up with a wicket apiece.
A pity we had to, in effect, take fifteen wickets to bowl Barnton out due to spillages. Although special mention to Thomas King who made some heroic stops in the out field to keep the Barnton score below 100.
After the loss of opener Charlie for 1 Will Unett and Tome Biale took the score along at a good pace with sound defence matched to smart running. But 21 for 1 became 21 for 3 and a mid innings wobble threatened but Morgan and Tom moved the score up to 45 at the halfway point to set up a good finish. Tom Bailes retired undefeated on 26 to leave George and Harry to take us to the win. But after some great running Harry was bowled for a solid 8. 13 runs were needed from the last two overs, and after Thomas sacrificed his wicket to get George on strike George hit two fours, the second a beauty through extra cover to bring the scores level with the last ball of the 24th over.
George (24) looped a catch to slip from the first ball of the 25th over to bring in Ted Carter who smacked his second ball over cover for four to bring a first win since the first game of the season at Frodsham.
Good points – Only three wides bowled. Bowling Barnton out. A measured approach to attacking the Barnton score, keeping the runs flowing, never being behind the rate. A real team spirit.
To work on? – Catching – 5 drops could have been the difference on another day.
08/06/14 v Lymm. Alvanley 59/5 (25 overs) Lymm 63/2 (11 overs)
After the improved performance against Appleton, second time around the batting again failed to sparkle. Two early runouts put the boys into their shells to the extent that only one boundary was scored in the innings.
Will Unett and Bailey turned things around from 23 for 5 to bring some respectability to proceedings. But a target of just over two per over was never going to be a challenge for Lymm who polished things off rapidly despite a wicket falling to George in the first over.
Lots to work on in the nets.
06/06/14 – ACC 48-8 Appleton 49-1
After the comprehensive win against Frodsham the U13s were given a wake up call by Appleton.
At one stage the innings looked to have completely imploded at 8 for 4 before Tom Bailes (18) and George Arnold (14) effected a repair job to ensure we saw out the overs.
Appleton coasted to victory in 12 overs but not before Roman Roberts provided he highlight of the game for ACC with an Inspector Gadget arms catch at mid on.
Plus points? The application of Tom and George and Romans catch. Solid ground fielding.
Must improve? Our ability to stop the straight ball! 7 of the 8 wickets to fall were clean bowled.
25/05/14 – Kingsley 73-2 ACC 70-4
After the shocking batting display versus Appleton there was much better application from the top order. A solid base from Owen, Tom (17) and Will allowed George (19*) and Charlie (10) to go for their shots late in the innings.
Kingsley dodged the showers and batted well to knock off the required runs in the 16th over.
Plus points? evidence of improved defensive technique from the top order. Solid ground fielding.
Must improve? Pacing the innings starting to ramp up the rate earlier.
18/05/14 – ACC 95 -2 Appleton 97 -7
It is starting to come together! The boys were nervous before this match, remembering that they had been soundly beaten by the same opposition only 4 weeks previously.
After losing the toss the bowling attack performed well. The spinners Owen (1-20) and Tom (2-21) were terrific the area to improve here is after bowling a tight first 4 or 5 balls the pressure was released with a four ball. Pick of the bowlers was Harry with 2- 26 from his 4 overs, including a classic, away swing bowlers, nick- caught behind to Charlie.
The batting was a revelation with Tom (24) and Owen (10) putting on 55 for the first wicket in 13 overs, thanks to some selective shotplay – working out where the gaps in the field were and wayward bowling from Appleton (30 extras). The loss of the two openers brought in the power hitting of George (21 from 14 balls) and Morgan in his first game back after a broken finger (10 off 10). The rate never went above 9 and when 15 came from the 18th over it looked like we could get over the line but in the end ACC finished 3 short of the target.
Plus points? Solid bowling right through the order, only 12 extras given away. Good field placing stopping ones and preventing fours. Mature batting display.
Must improve? Not much really – keep playing like this and we are a match for anyone. But being harsh – turning dots into ones and ones into twos.
16/05/14 v Frodsham The under 13’s opened their season belatedly after cancellations due to bad weather or the opposition not being able to raise sides. But they made up for the wait in fine style seeing off Frodsham in the Cheshire Cup by 45 runs.
Alvanley batted first and following some robust shotplay from Will Unett (22) and Tom Bailes (25rtd) and good running by Bailey Pearce (12*) and Charlie Potts(9*) Alvanley posted 102 for 1 in their 20 overs. Owen Rose anchored the innings with a solid 9.
Frodsham threatened briefly, taking 14 off the first over from Ted Carter but Ted responded well to dismiss Tom Stickles for 16 and after that the Frodsham innings slowly subsided. All of the bowlers had a go with wickets for Sam Gittens (1-4), Roman Roberts (1-8), Archie Wilson (1-9), Tom King (1-4), Bailey Pearce (1-0) and Owen Rose (1-4).
Setting a big enough target which meant everyone got a game.
Ground fielding – 3 runouts
To be worked on?
Backing up and running between the wickets – too many missed singles and not putting fielders under pressure.
Cutting down on extras – they were Frodshams highest scorer.
But a good start, in the SUNSHINE!!!!!