The Beavers finally took at field at Premier Division Alderley Edge after their final T20 Group Game had twice been postponed due to recent weather. The hosts won the toss and chose to bat on a slow looking wicket, but their start was swift as they passed 40 at well over 8 an over. However, the introduction of Ryan Macciocchi’s left arm spin caused chaos and he struck immediately to bring 44-1. The combination of speed and accuracy proved difficult to score against and before long he’d picked up another 2 to give him the remarkable figures of 3 wickets for 4 runs from his first 3 overs with 61 on the board.
Youngster Lachlan Anson’s seam then persuaded Stephen Parry to hole out to long on, and 79-4 soon became 106 all out in just the 16th over as the nagging line of Luke Littlewood (4-9) and Jevon Kett (2-33) did for the Edge with a quarter of the innings still remaining.
After the turn around, the Beavers proved that they were sensible enough to play with, rather than against, the speed of the batting surface and this responsible apporach paid dividends, despite slipping to 17-2. It was opener Jack Clark who was joined by captain Nick Cantello at the crease and the pair combined good running with boundaries off the occasional loose balls to put the pressure back on the home side. Knowing that no huge risks were required to maintain a 6 per over target run rate at this stage, the pair slowly wore down the opposition and strode towards the finishing line. Yes, Cantello was dropped twice in tricky chances by the boundary, but he used this luck to spur him on further and he was clearly elated to hit the winning boundary and bring up his fifty with 5 balls remaining. He and Clark (42*) had put on a superb 93 run 3rd wicket partnership.
The win was just enough to see the Beavers progress to the next stage, topping the group on run rate, and opponents Toft wait in the next knockout stage, with date to be confirmed.