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Bowlers dominate first Cricket Cup matches

by
02 November 2006

THE FIRST matches of the 2006 Church Times Cricket Cup competition were completed this week.

Chester made an auspicious start when they comfortably defeated Blackburn at Myerscough on 11 May. Blackburn won the toss and elected to field. Chester made 266 for the loss of just three wickets. McLaren scored 59 and Parkinson 40; they put on 96 for the first wicket. Page made an impressive unbeaten 78, and Rankin was not out for 41.

In reply, Blackburn suffered under Chester's excellent bowling attack, and were all out for 48. Razzall took 3 for 7, and Bishop 2 for 9.

Also on 11 May, Wakefield overcame Durham on a glorious day at Bedale. Durham won the toss and elected to bat, and made 124 for 7. Lintern made 53 and Harrison 23. Wakefield bowled well: Handley took 3 for 17 and Swindells 2 for 26.

Wakefield easily made the target, winning by 8 wickets. Martin posted 86, and Male, a former captain playing his last match for the diocese, scored 21.

Winchester "at last" beat the consistent Chichester side, on Monday. Winchester batted first and made 138 for 7. Reeve made 25, Bradbury 36, and Lefroy 21. Swindells took 2 for 28 for Chichester. In reply, Chichester managed just 78 all out, though Green scored 34. Lefroy took 2 for 10.

Exeter defeated the newcomers to their group, Oxford, by 36 runs at Sherborne School, on Monday. Exeter batted first and saw several solid scores: Grinsted made 33, Lloyd 29, Franklin 39 not out, and McKenzie 52, ending on 195 for 7. Oxford were contained by tight bowling from Macey and Marshall. Despite spirited batting by White, who made 36, and Gillingham, 58, the innings folded for 159.

Chester 266 for 3 (McLaren 59, Parkinson 40, Page 78, Rankin 41). Blackburn 48 all out (Razzall 3 for 7, Bishop 2 for 9).
Chester won by 218 runs.
Durham 124 for 7 (Lintern 53, Harrison 23; Handley 3 for 17, Swindells 2 for 26). Wakefield 127 for 2 (Martin 86, Male 21).
Wakefield won by 8 wickets.
Winchester 138 for 7 (Reeve 25, Bradbury 36, Lefroy 21; Swindells 2 for 28). Chichester 78 all out (Green, 34; Lefroy 2 for 10).
Winchester won by 60 runs.
Exeter 195 for 7 (McKenzie 52, Franklin 39 not out). Oxford 159 for 7 (Gillingham 58, White 36; Marshall 2 for 18).
Exeter won by 36 runs.

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