Stretford’s 1st and 2nd XI were back to winning ways over the bank holiday weekend with both teams recording victories. The 1st XI travelled to (where else) Oldham while Bolton Indians, having been given permission to travel, made the journey along the B5213.
Oldham capitulated to 22-5 and never recovered. Only three batsmen passed double figures as the home side were bundled out for 75. A cautionary note which will need to be address; Stretford conceded 21 extras, including 11 wides and 6 no-balls. Better oppostion will surely take advantage. The wickets were shared around for Stretford with Williams (2/7) Grant (2/9) and Page (2/26) the main destroyers.
Stretford were comfortable in reply and reached 67-4 with Shah (21) and young Jamie Cotton (19) impressive. As gloves and pads started to fly a couple of late wickets took the gloss off the result, Stretford recording a 4 wicket win.
Weeks of rain and difficult preperation meant that the Boundary has yet to see the best of the new playing surface but despite the slow pitch Stretford’s 2ndXI posted a very competetive 169/8 off 45 overs. Gani rode his luck but amassing 43 runs. At 93-6 Stretford teetered with dissapointment but Robert Renforth (35) Waqas Mahmood (19) and Craig Turner (19*) boosted the score late on with some good running and big shots.
Bolton Indian’s reply was power sappingly mundane and without purpose. The Stretford bowling was tight as Wild and Renforth removed the top order, the latter returning excellent figures of 5/22. Turner also bowled 9 overs 2 for 15. The away team while not being blown away took 37 overs to be bowled out for 77.
The best game of the weekend was to be found at home on Sunday where the 3rdXI entertained Astley Bridge. Stretford posted 166 for 9 with Usman hasan hitting a beligerent 42 and the evergreen Guy Robinson a focussed 40 off 52 balls.
A half century from Kamath (59) provided the anchor for the away team as they edged to victory in the final over. A late two wicket burst from Hasan (2/39) and three run outs showed that Stretford were never gonna give it up, but Astley took the points with a 2 wicket win.