IT WAS a double disappointment for Widnes at the weekend when they were defeated convincingly in both Cheshire County League Premiership fixtures at Christleton and by Bootle in the Cockspur National Knockout.
Put into bat at Christleton on Saturday James McCoy and Steve Titchard made a sound start taking the score to 29 before McCoy fell in the seventh over for 16. The scoring rate then slowed dramatically with only two runs scored in a six-over period. Danny Naughton fell for nine and Tony Hurdley for four. When Titchard departed for a patient 34 it was left to Cameron Park and Phil Catterall to rebuild the innings. They did this admirably with a partnership of 102 in 19 overs. Park, in tremendous form hit 12 boundaries and a six in making 83. The more circumspect Catterall making 39. With Sean Moore adding 22 Widnes declared after 55 overs at 225 for 9.
The Christleton batsman had little trouble against the Widnes bowling with only Bappa Mukherjee presenting any problems.
Their opening partnership registered 66 when Mukherjee caught and bowled Khan for 29. Thereafter Graham and Moore added 160 for the second wicket, Graham falling lbw to Mukherjee for 90. Moore remained 88 not out as Christleton won with 8 wickets and four overs to spare.
The game at Bootle on Sunday followed a similar pattern. Widnes were asked to bat and made a steady start, 42 for the first wicket.McCoy 24, Titchard 45, Hurdley 38, Sean Moore 20, Mukherjee 21 and Richard Evans 19 all made contributions but Bootle were always confident that they could overtake the Widnes total of 176 for 6 after the allotted 45 overs.
When Ian Cockbain Jnr and J Hitch-mough put on 63 in the opening eight overs the writing was on the wall. When Hitchmough departed for 41 and Cockbain for 25, Snellgrove and Lloyd kept the necessary momentum going and Australian Adam Warren brought victory for the home side with 12 overs to spare by launching a mighty six on to the roof of Wadham Road Terrace.
Widnes 2nd XI had an excellent seven-wicket victory over Brooklands with Robert Morris taking 5 for 30 off eleven overs and Andrew Woods knocking up 46. But the star was Ben Williams, only just 14 years old, he made an unbeaten 77.
This weekend sees Widnes finally playing their postponed 20/20 fixture against Winnington Park. This Friday's fixture starts at 6pm and entry to the ground is free of charge.
Saturday sees the visit of Bowdon league leaders and likely to call up Lancashire all rounder Gary Yates
Widnes 2nds visit Chester Broughton Hall and on Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Mobberley.