Disley CC seconds sign-off with emphatic win

Disley 1st XI signed-off their Meller Braggins Cheshire League campaign with a hard-fought draw at home to Division Three runners-up Bunbury. Jake Reynolds struck an imposing 54 but ran out of support after the visitors had declared at 175-5.

The 2nd XI enjoyed an emphatic ten-wicket win in the reverse fixture. Stand-in skipper Adam Burgess returned 5-36 as Bunbury were dismissed for 85. The Disley openers made light work of the chase, Andy Chapman finishing with an unbeaten 49.

The 1st XI finished eighth, a decent return from a largely inexperienced team relying on players stepping-up from the 2nd XI and junior sides. Skipper Andrew Clarke tallied 738 league runs with seven half-centuries. Evergreen spinner Martin Blackbourn topped the wicket charts with 55 victims, helping wicketkeeper Will Ritchie claim ten stumpings on his way to 24 dismissals in his first season with the gloves.

Spin dominated for the 2nd XI as Adam Burgess’ slow left-arm prised 25 wickets, while the explosive batting of Madusha Wettasinghe topped the run aggregates.

Again the side proved a breeding ground for the club’s most promising youngsters with 12 members of the junior section representing the 2nd XI during the season.

This included Alex Dyson and Ned Barlow, who led the way for their junior sides with 252 and 240 runs respectively in the Cheshire County Junior Cricket League.