Tuesday evening saw the 2ndXI make the short trip to Highfield Road to commence their Twenty20 Cup campaign against Division A side Stockport Trinity. The competition will be high on the agenda this season after a final-over exit in last year’s Semi-Final, and there was added incentive here as the winner of this tie would be taking on none other than Andy Welsby’s 3rdXI. So the scene was set for Alex Dyson’s men to set up an intra-club clash in Round 2 and they did just that with a resounding victory.
Wickets arrived early and often to quickly remove any threat of a shock exit at the first hurdle, Max Collins (2-12) striking twice with the new ball and Jimmy Williams adding a direct-hit run out for good measure. From 10-3 there was no coming back as Trinity lurched to a final score 74-8 despite the best efforts of Billy Thompson with a breezy 31. Pace off again proved the winning formula for the Jets as Jimmy Williams, Matt Mullany and Owen Johnson bowled 12 overs combined for just 32 runs.
A professional response from the openers then put on 55 with little trouble. Progress was so serene that it came as a real surprise when Sam Scragg (16) popped a return catch back to Monk with a 10-wicket victory in the offing. Incoming man Waddington then launched a full toss straight to a boundary rider, but Trinity were soon put out of their misery in the 13th over with Chris Williams carrying his bat for a quality 39* (3x4, 2x6, 34b).
7th June is now the date for your diary with an all-Jets tie at London Road to guarantee one side will progress to the next stage.
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