The Pre-match discussion was all about the first appearance of the season of Park hero and to quote the Facebook post, "the crowd favourite" Rishad Ali. Well he didn't disappoint, helping the 2XI to a 20pt win over Warrington 4XI with both ball and then bat. With bowling figures of 21 runs off 8 overs taking 1 wicket and then coming out to open and scoring 32 runs off the bat. He well deserves his TEAMER- Parkman of the Match vote from the rest of the team.
Well done to Michael Dunning. His career best 8 bowling performance for 13 against Maritime C.C. on the 5th May 2018, not only made him Winnington Park Man of the Match but also UKFast Cheshire Cricket League's top bowler.
Plenty of good contributions this weekend after two wins on Saturday and some promising individual performances in the 3rd XI on Sunday, but John Bradley wins the IDE award after grabbing a superb 5-fer for the 2nd XI.
It was his bowling that cemented his place as this week's award-winner - his second of the season, but his contribution with the bat on Saturday was just as important.
Bradley played despite having work commitments in the morning and was forced down the batting order due to his late arrival, his knock of 29 coming in at seven was a vital one though, it was the second highest score of the innings and allowed Park to reach a match-winning total of 148.
Despite Park being a man light, he still managed to go at under three runs an over with a 15-over spell in which he took 5-41, bowling with good pace and direction - and all that whilst playing through a back injury.
He has been a key player for the 2nd XI when he has played, having now taken 12 wickets in five games and hitting two half-centuries that have led him to an impressive second team average of 42.75.
A big honourable mention this week goes to the 3rd XI's two 14-year-old bowlers Alex Unwin and Alex Snapes, they opened the bowling on Sunday and took two wickets each at a good economy rate; Unwin had figures of 2-15 from six overs and Snapes was 2-16 from his six. Other good performances this week came from Ben Coulbeck who hit 47 and Jonny Wales with 5-34, both in the 1st XI's win over Bunbury. Kendol Richardson (34 for 2nd XI) and Sam Speak (33 for 3rd XI) also looked good with the bat.
At one point it looked like the 1st XI were not going to get a game in on Saturday with the rain, but they got out just in time to allow Tom Speak to shine with the ball and earn the IDE Player of the Week.
Tom opened the bowling after Park won the toss and chose to field, they went on to bowl opponents Ashley out for just 34 as Tom took a superb five-fer with 5-21 from 12 overs.
He bowled with hostility and serious pace as he ripped through the Ashley batting order, proving just too quick for some and showing effectiveness with his slower ball as he showcased a complete bowling performance.
Tom has been restricted in his playing time due to University commitments this season, but when he has played he has remained effective - taking 14 wickets at an average of 13.93 so far this season.
Park won the game by ten wickets to earn a brilliant 20 points, honourable mentions have to go to the other bowlers on the day - Sam Barnes who took 3-6 from seven overs, and James Hanson with 2-6 from 5.4 on his first team debut. Martin Evans again looked good with the bat too during the chase as he finished unbeaten on 25 from 24 balls.
Lots of great performances this week as the Park produced an unbeaten weekend, but the stand-out from all three games was Michael Dunning, his superb bowling in the 1st XI earns him the IDE Player of the Week award.
Dunning was playing in just his third league game of the season, but he showed what a great asset he can be when available, as he took 6-25 - his best figures ever for the club - to inspire the team to a comfortable win over Chelford.
What made his spell all the more impressive was that it came across 16.4 overs, going at a rate of just 1.52 runs an over. He also added seven maidens along the way as Chelford limped to 119 all out and Park eventually secured a six-wicket win.
Despite only playing four games (including a Twenty20 Cup match) this season, Mike now has 12 wickets at an average of 9.75 and a strike rate of just 20.33. Figures like that prove why he is always one of the first names on the team sheet when he can play.
In this week's honourable mentions we have bowlers Bryan Shingler and Stu Moniz, who both bowled excellently and took three wickets apiece in the 2nd XI's win over Wilmslow Wayfarers. Darren Falland and Sam Speak both hit half-centuries as the 3rd XI drew at home to Chester Boughton Hall, and Martin Evans hit an important 42 in the 1st XI's victory at Chelford.
Only the 3rd XI avoided defeat this weekend, and it's a performance from their game that has earned this week's IDE Player of the Week award - the winner being Sam Speak for his half-century.
Wicket-keeper Sam had already played on the Saturday in the 2nd XI, having done them a massive favour by playing despite only returning to the country at 7am that morning from Germany. He played with no sleep (apart from ten minutes in the car and another ten in the changing room!).
17-year-old Sam had impressed everyone at the club over the winter with some great performances in the indoor league, and a fantastic showing at winter nets, and now that potential is really starting to show. This is his second 50 of the season and third senior half-century of his career.
He opened the batting for the 3rd XI on Sunday with the club facing an uphill task of chasing 240 at New Brighton. Park would eventually bat out for the draw, finishing on 202-5 with Sam's innings of 66 proving vital to ensuring the team avoided defeat.
He also added a victim behind the stumps after taking a catch off the bowling of Paul Morris as his glove-work continues to improve - the future looks bright for the young Park 'keeper!
There were another couple of impressive innings that deserve an honourable mention this week; Martin Evans hit 64 in the 1st XI's loss to Haslington, and Gagandeep Bali hit his first fifty since joining the club with a knock of 57 in the 3rd XI's draw at New Brighton.
There were a number of good performances this weekend as both the 1st and 2nd XI picked up wins, but the clear winner for the IDE Player of the Week award was First Team skipper Alec Butcher as he hit a century in his team's win at Lymm.
The 1st XI were coming off a run of four games without a win and it looked like the worst possible time to play league leaders Lymm, Butcher and the rest of the batsmen knew they faced a tough task when they were stuck in.
Butcher opened the batting and led by example, hitting his maiden first team ton with a knock of 104 that came from just 80 balls and included 12 fours and five sixes.
He was eventually removed by Travis Scholes, but the damage had already been done and Park finished on 200-5, a total that Lymm would fall 23 runs short of as Winnington took home the 25 points.
The century looked as if it had been coming for AB, he had scored three fifties in his previous five games and now has 462 runs in Cheshire Cricket League Division Two - enough for the highest total in the league at the halfway point.
Honourable mentions this week include Iain Connor who shone with the ball in the 1st XI's win over Lymm as he took 6-53, Ash Houghton grabbed 5-34 in a superb 15 over spell in the 2nd XI's win over Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge and Kendol Richardson hit 46 from 33 balls in the same game.
Despite a winless weekend for the Park, there were still some promising individual performances - none more so than John Bradley's impressive all-round showing in the 2nd XI which earned him this week's IDE Player of the Week award.
'Bradders' was playing just his second 2nd XI game of the season, but he has made his mark already with over 100 runs and three wickets across his two appearances.
With captain and regular opening bowler Tom Norman unavailable, Bradley opened up on Saturday and bowled right the way through his full set of 15 overs, finishing with figures of 2-47 - he was unlucky not to get more and on another day would have done if Park had held their catches.
After hitting a 51 in the previous game, his excellent form with the bat continued as he made his second consecutive half-century with a knock of 50 that came from 67 balls and included seven fours.
Unfortunately he was the only Park player who showed anything with the bat on Saturday as Langley bowled Winnington out for 101 to take home the win. But Park's main positive to take from the game was Bradders reminding us how important of a player he can be for the club with both bat and ball.
onny Wales makes yet another appearance on the honourable mentions this week as he took his third 5-fer of the season with 5-24 in the 1st XI at Stockport Trinity, James Hanson was also in the wickets - grabbing 4-56 in the 2nd XI - and 14-year-old Alex Unwin put in another impressive performance with two wickets in the 3rd XI's loss at Nelson.