SHROPSHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE REPORTS – SATURDAY, JULY 31
CHIRK (20) 229-9 ALBERBURY (7) 181-5
Skipper Andrew Swarbrick’s whirlwind 84 made all the difference as Chirk moved up to second in Division One after beating Alberbury at Holyhead Road.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, but at one stage were wobbling on 48-4.
Swarbrick then slammed 10 fours and four sixes in his 62-ball effort, also sharing in a stand of 99 for the fifth wicket with Mark Shaw (33).
Vital runs down the order eventually saw Chirk to 229-9 off 45 overs, Liam Walker (24) and Connor Bailey (21 not out) making good contributions.
Opener Jordan Zaza finished 82 not out for the visitors, while skipper Sam Morris added 41, but the away innings closed on 181-5 off 45.
Nick Flack was the most successful home bowler with 2-22 from nine overs.
Points went 20-7 to the hosts, who have 10 wins from 15 outings and trail runaway leaders St Georges by 37 points.
WELSHPOOL 2ND XI (2) 49-10 CHIRK 2ND XI (20) 52-3
Report by Andrew Edwards
In a win that extended Chirk Seconds run to four successive victories in Shropshire County Cricket League Division Seven, Welshpool Seconds were dismissed for only 49 in 23.4 overs.
The last nine wickets fell for just over 20 runs, on an indifferent wicket at Maesydre, which is shared with the town’s football club.
Ian Hall was the pick of the bowlers with four for 17 in eight overs.
This was ably supported by Stephen Conner who took three wickets without conceding a run in his 3.4 overs, Holly Walker with two for 15 off five overs, which would have been three for 14 only for a dropped catch at mid off by AMJ Edwards, and Nigel Davies took one for one off his solitary over.
With no lunch break taken in between, Chirk Seconds chased down the “target” in the 12th over for the loss of three wickets.
Gary Bailey scored well over half the runs with 28 not out, his second consecutive “red inker”, which he puts down to reverting to his old, trusty piece of willow.
As an interesting adjoint, Welshpool Seconds, although fielding a full eleven, were slightly short on numbers and had actually asked Caersws’ legendary three times Welsh Premier Golden Boot winner Graham Evans to play.
Disappointingly, for this Welsh Premier fanatic of that era, he was unavailable.
Meanwhile, the pacy Sam Cadwallader, son of Welshpool first team cricket captain and current manager of the football club, Russell, took an impressive three for 14 off five overs exacerbated by the very uneven bounce of the wicket.
Some of you may recall that Cadwallader senior led the Lilywhites of Welshpool to the 2002 Cymru Alliance title and a return to Wales’ top flight before being replaced by Tomi Morgan in summer of 2004.
In a match that was over for about 2.20 pm with time for a team picture at Maesydre before eight of the seconds, including myself, made the trip back to Holyhead Road in time for the start of Alberbury’s pursuit of the home team’s 229.