team, but he may be one of the first names on the team sheet next week after he
hit a superb 55 to help Park battle to a draw against Stockport Trinity.
A late change to the 1st XI had forced Chris Johns to move up, and the
Chairman was drafted in as his replacement. It was the first time he had picked
up a bat since the final 2nd XI game of last season away at Mere when he hit 35.
Trinity made their intentions clear after making the 30-mile trip from
Stockport to Northwich, they won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a
It was both teams’ first game in the newly named TACS Partnership Cheshire
Cricket League Division C, Park had come down and Trinity had come up, and it
was the latter that made the better start.
Trinity started quickly and were 108-2 at drinks, only opening bowler Stu
Moniz had much success with the ball, he claimed the wickets of both openers and
finished with good figures of 2-35 from nine overs.
The momentum shifted soon after though, Tom Woolley bowled Trinity’s Moldon
in the first over after drinks and the rest of their batting line-up struggled.
Woolley ran out Coates soon after before Park finally got the big wicket they
needed of Trinity’s number three Cairns. He had been aggressive in his play as
he made 68 before being caught at long on by new captain Phil Amatiello off the
bowling of James Hanson.
Hanson got himself another two wickets soon after, getting Jones caught at
deep mid-wicket by Tom Silvester and Carley caught at slip by Ian Johns; he
finished with figures of 3-40 from his 13 overs.
A Neil Powell run out and a wicket each for youngsters Bailey Metzinger
(caught by Sam Barnes) and Barnes himself (bowled) ended Trinity’s innings on
171 all out, with Park taking the last eight wickets for just 63 runs.
Park began their reply slowly as Trinity’s openers were miserly with their
bowling, Hegarty took 2-9 from ten overs with seven maidens, and Jones took 0-14
from seven overs.
Josh Tench fell early on to Hegarty, leaving Park at 2-1 when Amatiello came
in at three. He managed to solidify the innings with Ian Johns for a while
before going for 11 after he was caught at mid-off.
Carley was the pick of Trinity’s bowlers, his leg spin claimed the next five
wickets as he finished with figures of 5-33 from nine overs.
Park struggled with the bat as each of the players who fell to Carley
(Woolley, Powell, Barnes, Speak and Silvester) failed to reach double figures.
Ian Johns kept his head when others around him faltered, his 55 included
seven fours – many of which were superbly struck shots straight down the ground.
When he finally fell to Cairns, Trinity would have thought they were in with
a chance. But Stu Moniz batted with intelligence, not giving Trinity’s bowlers a
sniff of a chance as he made 13* with Bailey Metzinger (0*) to see out the overs
as Park finished on 114-8.
The result means Park earn eight points, with Trinity getting 14. A good game
of cricket on opening day, played in the right spirit with plenty of positives
for Winnington’s 2nd XI before they travel to Chelford next Saturday.