WARRINGTON snatched an two wicket victory at Hale Barns in their Vivio Cheshire County League division two game on Saturday.
The home side batted first and were bowled out for 151, James Rudd taking 4-17 and Brad McIntosh 3-47.
Warrington also found runs hard to get, but a classy 76 from Jonathan Fletcher – including 10 fours and a six – took them to victory with eight wickets down and helped cement their number two spot in the division.
Warrington 2nd were held to a draw at Walton Lea by a Romiley side that never looked very interested in winning.
Raj Soni hit 67 as Warrington totalled 201.
Romiley lost five cheap wickets – Dan Rudd claiming 4-12 – and put up the shutters to finished on 111-8.
Up in the ECB premier division, Grappenhall suffered another heavy defeat as their batsmen gain failed to fire.
They were rolled over for a meagre 96 by Alderley Edge, with only skipper Adam Roylance showing anything like form with 38 at the top of the order. The visitors knocked the runs off for the loss of three wickets with Ian Hall claiming all three.
Next week Grappers travel to table topping Hyde needing to turn round their fortunes with the bat.
Grappenhall 2nd lost at Alderley Edge, posting 175-9 thanks to a last wicket partnership of 80 from Ross Arrowsmith and Ben Cagna
The home side last five wickets reaching their target with plenty of time to spare.
Grappers 3rd won a remarkable match on Sunday with only 10 men at perennial champions and table toppers Didsbury.
Batting first, Grappers posted a commanding 223-8 with Richard Wiles scoring 67 and Ben Clissold smashing 50 off only 8 overs.
Grappers’ bowlers and fielders were superb, masking the missing man in the field. Wiles completed a superb all round performance with four wickets and Stanley Pennington and Lewis Porter picking up two each as Grappers rolled their hosts for 158 with an over to spare.
In the UKFast Cheshire League division one, Lymm Oughtrington Park claimed a comfortable victory over Haslington at Oughtrington Lane despite posting a modest 135 when took first knock.
Skipper Matthew Carr hit a lively 66 – nine fours and four sixes – and Travis Scholes contributed 30 but only one other batsman reached double figures.
But the visitors struggled against Lymm’s attack and were all out for 116.
Andy Hossack and Sam Pendlebury took three wickets each and Scholes and Richard Marshall two apiece.
Lymm 2nd lost at Haslington after the home side had hit 202-6, Graham Waumsley 3-69. Lymm coukld only muster 100 – and that only due to a fighting 42 from opener Liam Ramsbottom.
In division two, Appleton continued their unbeaten run when they held on for a draw at Middlewich.
The home side posted 196-7 and Appleton’s last wicket pair held firm to finish on 170-9. Reza Zaidi top scored with 41 not out.
Appleton 2nd had to settle for a draw with the Groves at Lyons Lane after running out of overs. Chris Tomlinson took 5-48 but the Wirrall side posted 177 all out after being asked to bat first.
A fine 41 from Richard Buck put Appleton in with a shout, but some tight bowling meant that they ran out of overs – finishing on 161-8.
Appleton 3rd lost in controversial fashion as Lindow chased down 221 to win at the Grange.
Fifty from skipper Paul White and contributions all the way down the order helped Appleton post 221-8 from their 40 overs.
But Lindow chased down the total in the final over after a massive appeal for a run out was turned down.
Appleton 4th beat Haslington by 42 runs at Sandbach.
Despite slumping to 69-7, a fine 47 from Mike Ormson helped the Appleton post 148 all out from their 40 overs. Haslington looked well placed at 86-3 but five wickets for Pete MacShane triggered a spectacular collapse and the home side were bundled out for just 106.
Stretton claimed victory by two wickets over Langley.
The visitors were held to 178-9, Saqib Ali taking 4-46.
Stretton raced to victory in the 29th over, opening Sunny Malkin hammering 76, with 12 fours and three sixes.
But it was a different story for Stretton 2nd, who were crushed by Bredbury St Marks where they were rolled over for 66 after the home side had hit 204-7.
Glazebury went down at Tranmere Victoria where the home side batted first and totalled 204. Kyle Keeble was the pick of the Glazebury bowlers with 5-45 and Frank Pedigrew took 3-24.
Warrington 3rd travelled to Ashley where the home side hit 213-6 before the visitors claimed victory for the loss of seven wickets.
Appleton went down by seven wickets against Cheshire Women’s League champions Oakmere.
Batting first, Appleton could only reach 103-8 in 40 overs, Eloise Jackson top scoring with 32 and Sami Flower hitting 21 not out.
Oakmere reached their target in half the available overs, Dawn Pristidge hitting 63. Becca Othick, 2-24, was the pick of the Appleton bowlers.