The 1st XI got back to winning ways after last week's agonising 1 run defeat. Park lost the toss and unsurprisingly were asked to bowl on a flat deck on a hot day. A long day in the field was on the cards, but Alex Snapes did not read the script. The teenager followed up his impressive 1st XI league debut last week to remove 3 men LBW in his first over as they couldn't cope with the swinging ball! He followed this up with a decent caught and bowled to remove the dangerous Carr in his next over, this left Bredbury 9-4. The visitors looked to consolidate but exciting debutant Matt Walker took the important wicket of dangerous overseas Rodney. Mairs (28) chanced his arm to good effect but he fell the following over to Wales and with two new men at the crease, they struggled to get going again. Wales bowled tight lines to take 3-20 off 13 but Snapes was to finish the hero, he came back on to complete his 5 wicket haul, recording remarkable figures of 5-22 off 12. A smart run out from Sam Speak closed the innings at just 78.
The reply could not have got off to a worse start, the skipper was cleaned up first ball without offering a shot. However, Sam Barnes (27) looked in good touch as Park moved to the target at pace. The home side will be disappointed to lose a few cheap wickets but Ben Coulbeck was not in the mood to be waiting around as he hit three 4s and a maximum on the way to 20* off 20. Park brought home the win and a very welcome 25 points within 20 overs. Next week the 1st XI travel to Bredbury who will be keen for revenge.
The 2nd XI had the unenviable task of travelling to North East Cheshire, a team who have won every game at a canter. Park can take pride in being the first team to bowl out NE 2nd XI, Alex Unwin 2-30 off 10 and Jayant Kumar (3-7 off 7) both performed admirably as they send back the opposition for 152. Unfortunately, the 2nd half wasn't so successful as an inexperienced Park side were sent back within 20 overs, but they should be pleased to take more points off them than most teams. The fixtures haven't worked in our favour as we meet them for a *third* time in the league next week, but with several players back, don't bet against us being the team to break their 100% record