Super innings from Oli laid the foundations for a comfortable passage to round 2.
Sunny evening, purple trousers, pink (cricket) balls and some t20. Andy Metcalf lost the toss as Dan was yet to arrive but batting any way. Oli Law and the stand-in skipper opened up and the shots began to rain down. When Andy (22) succumbed, Griff joined Oli to go about setting a total which they duly did. Griff (29) who is a stroke playing wicket-keeper in this format, played aggressively while Oli eased the ball over the 20m high trees beyond the longest boundary - he can hit it miles! Out for 92 but Luke Ramsay continued the onslaught hitting one bowler for a 6 which crashed in to said bowlers car! 181 was above par and according to umpire John Hacking "far too much" for the Widnes batters. The youngsters (and Dan) stuck to their guns and Joe, Reg and Noah took wickets but Wiggy and the skipper took the bowling honours both going for less than 20 from their 4 overs. Some excellent fielding and good catching saw Widnes 47 runs short in a comfortable win. Wides the second top scorer after the experienced Catterall (54* from 20 overs?!). Through and a home draw against Grappenhall. Less extras next time: 33 is too many. Bobby and Tommy Evans, Fishy and Sam Mallows waiting in the wings, the future in purple and orange looks bright.