Clorley Century Can't Stop Defeat
Warrington condem 2nd XI to another loss
Upon winning to the toss on a glorious afternoon Alex Gill asked Warrington to make first use of the track hoping to restrict and chase a manageable total.
Warrington made a positive start to their innings reaching 38 before a Patrick Hurley delivery was pulled to mid wicket where the skipper took a sharp catch. A couple of close calls and missed opportunities handed the initiative back to the home side as they progressed nicely. The introduction of Denton Brock slowed the rate somewhat and resulted in a feathered edge behind to keeper Luke Houghton. Swain then top edged a sweep and the catch was taken on the boundary by Clorley to give Hurley his second wicket. Warrington continued to form partnerships and even the regular fall of wickets couldn't slow the run rate, Richard Clorley picking up 3 wicket from his 9 overs the most successful of the visitor's bowlers. Warrington eventually declaring at the end of the 49th over with the score on 230-7.
Middlewich made a steady start with Clorley and Houghton advancing the score to 30 without any real trouble, when Houghton picked out mid wicket to fall for 12. A flurry of wickets soon saw Middlewich 31-3 still requiring a further 200 runs for victory. Clorley found a willing partner in youngster Jason Bliss and between them the pair went about rebuilding the innings. Clorley was particularly severe on anything pitched up as he powerfully pierced the off side field to pick up a flurry of boundaries. Bliss was obdurate in his defence and showed great character throughout his innings while also demonstrating his some silky shots which were beautifully timed to the boundary. After Bliss departed with the score on 97 Clorley was already passed 50 and looking imperious at the crease. Apart from Hurley making 15, Clorley was running out of partners as the victory target was looking further and further away. Clorley completed an chance-less century from 101 deliveries in what had been a delight to watch. Still looking for the victory Clorley was dismissed looking to clear the off side boundary from his very next delivery. After Clorley departed the lower order offered little resistance as Middlewich were all out for 158 in the 46th over.
The second innings was all about one performance with little else to write home about. Richard Clorley played a magnificent innings of 102 runs scored at exactly a run a ball, an innings which contained 16 fours and 1 six.
Skipper Alex Gill said "Creepy showed us all how good the wicket was for batting and the rest of the line up failed to make the most of it. We felt we should have kept them to below 200 in the first half and if we had taken our chances maybe we would have. Creepy's innings was fantastic and it was great to see Jason showing his potential."
Middlewich take on Sale at Haddon Field next Saturday in search of a much needed win.