Josh Dooler being presented with the winner's trophy by Dilip Vengsarkar

Exciting win for Cheshire Academy

By Stewart MacLeod

Friendly Challenge Match
Monday 24th July, Marple CC
Cheshire Academy 280, Dilip Vengsarkar Academy XI 268
Cheshire Academy won by 12 runs.

The toss was won by the Indian Touring Team and they decided to bowl. Originally it was a 50 over game, but as the game went on it was reduced to 45 so the Cheshire Academy team had to adjust their tactics through the game.

There was a steady start from Jack Tipton and Martin East with the over rate quite slow, the first wicket fell at 57 with East being caught. Tipton and new partner Dane Williams put on 69 when Tipton was stumped for 39.

This brought in Luke Robinson who only took 35 balls for his first 50 during which he lost Williams for 53, bringing in Alex Money and these two then put on 98 in very quick time.

Robinson's second fifty was in 13 balls including two reverse sweeps for 6 and only 1 dot ball, Luke was out for an exceptional 107 (8 x 4's and 8 x 6's) and the team total was 280 for 4 off 45 overs.

The Indian reply started with some very good batting from Dilip Vengsarkar's Academy Team especially Ruturaj Gairwad, a first class player, who got also got a century but managed to find the fielder on the cover boundary to get caught out.

Another good performance was from Khizar Defedar who scored 74. With those two together, it looked as though the Indian team were going to win but Shaneil Patel came on and got on with taking wickets, ending up with 7 for 60 off his 10 overs.

The game was finished when skipper Josh Dooler took the final wicket leaving the Tourists 12 short and giving them their first defeat on tour.

We would like to thank all the Marple volunteers who put on the game both Ground and catering helpers.

Here is the scorecard.
This was the team.