1st XI chase 180 in difficult conditions at Wirral to remain top.
Chelford made the journey to Wirral C.C. passing through heavy rain, thunder and lightning hoping the weather would clear up so we could get a game on. Surprisingly enough it did and with Chelfords skipper Hash Vora winning the toss he decided bowling first would be a good idea.
Chelfords opening attack of Mark Shallcross and Des Fenn started well with Shallcross repeatedly beating the bat. It was Fenn who made the breakthrough reducing Wirral to 25 for 2. Jones and Lewis then knuckled down adding a steady 63 before Lewis was dismissed for a patient 19 by Chelfords left arm spinner Zaheer Khan. Jones was next to go for a hard fought 67 but had built a platform for Wirrals lower middle order to launch a late assault on the scoreboard. Devlin plundered 37 and Peel a quickfire 20 n.o. taking Wirrals total to an impressive 179-6. Shallcross bowled well with no luck finishing with figures of 0-29 from 14 overs , Fenn 2-23 from 8 , Khan suffered from the late onslaught and some poor fielding taking 3-71 from his 14 and Nittin Srivastava 1-21 from 5 whilst under heavy fire . Steve Oliver again did a good job behind the sticks in difficult conditions with 2 stumpings and a catch .
Chasing 180 to win Chelford needed a solid start but being Chelford we don’t like to make things easy for ourselves. Chris Fenn was bowled by a grubber for 0 and was soon followed by Micheal Dickenson out to a good catch at mid-on also for 0. Hash Vora joined Nittin Srivastava with the score on 7-2 after 6 overs with a good partnership needed to steady the ship. Vora decided attack was the best option and this pair added 75 in 12 overs taking the score to 82 before Vora got a little bit cheeky and guided one straight to the keeper making a decent 26 but firmly planting the seed of recovery. Imran Patel 18 added 40 with Srivastava before being dismissed and Zaheer Khan 13 took the score to 153 before he was 5th man out.
With 24 required from 15 overs and 5 wickets left the finishing line looked well within reach but the dismissal of Srivastava for a simply brilliant 91 gave Wirral new belief and 2 more Chelford wickets fell leaving the score 162 for 8 with 11 overs left. Having blown up against Stretton first game of the season in similar circumstances nerves were becoming frayed and it took Des Fenn batting at No. 10 to quell those nerves by smashing 16n.o. from 15 balls taking Chelford to victory, Steve Oliver was also 3 n.o. as calm as ever. Wirrals bowling was lead by Gamble 4-34 and Devlin 2-37. An excellent game to watch made even sweeter ending in victory and 20 points in the bank, welldone men keep up the good work. Next week Chelford 1st XI are home to The Groves.