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Warrington sneak to the top of the table


WARRINGTON went top of the league with a seven wicket win at Northwich on a wicket about which questions will surely be asked.
They bowled out the home side for just 26, Rob Batey taking 3-6 and Jonathan Fletcher 3-1.
Then they lost three wickets hitting off the 27 runs needed.
Only one batsman on either side reached double figures- and then it was just 10!
While Warrington were gaining 25 points in the Vivio Cheshire County League second division, title rivals Lindow slipped up against Hales Barnes, enabling Warrington to sneak to the top of the table by just two points.
Warrington 2nd went down at home against Timperley, who batted first and reached 229-3.
The home side could only muster 187, Sean Day top scoring with 56 and Brendan Morris 54.
In the premier division, Grappenhall suffered another heavy defeat after being put in at Neston.
Will Fell top scored with 25 and Albert Pennington hit 22 as another batting collapse saw Grappers all out for 110.
Neston hit off the runs in 17 overs for the loss of just one wicket.
Grappenhall 2nd got the better of a drawn game with Neston at Broad Lane.
Batting first, they hit 203-9, Steve Rooney hitting 53 and Graeme Rowland 74 not out.
The visitors showed little interest in going for the runs and fiished on 128-7. Ross Arrowsmith took 5-28
Grappenhall 3rd were unlucky to lose a close-fought game with Sale. Batting first, they hit 222-8, Ben Clissold hitting 76 and David Coyne 46.
Lewis Porter bowled well to take 3-21 for Grappers, but the visitors got home with five wickets to spare.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Lymm Oughtrington Park went down by seven wickets after being put in at Runcorn.
They posted an inadequate 123 and they saw the home side canter to 124-3.
In the return match at Oughtrington Lane, Runcorn 2nd hammered 240-5. The Lymm second string were rolled over for 100, Steve Gladwin, 46 and Dave Evans, 21, giving them a good start but the rest of the team collapsing.
Appleton recorded their first win of the season with a comprehensive nine wicket victory over Heaton Mersey at Lyons Lane. Sam Cooper took a career-best 5-39 to help bowl the visitors out for just 122.
In response, Matthias Paltridge hit a brisk 91 not out from 110 balls – 13 fours and two sixes – to lead Appleton to their target in just 34 overs.
Appleton 2nd were involved in a high-scoring draw away at Neston. Having put the home side into bat, Jonny Beaver and Andrew Bailey hit fifties and Jerry Hopkins hit a brutal 83 in a total of 255-5 from their 45 overs.
In response Dave Hurst hit an unbeaten 103 to anchor Appleton’s chase but the visitors were still 19 runs short when they ran out of overs, finishing on 236-4.
Appleton 3rd were beaten by eight wickets by North East Cheshire at the Grange. The home side were bowled out for just 89 and, despite being reduced to 1-2, NE Cheshire cruised to victory with 13 overs to spare.
Appleton 4th were defeated away at Winnington Park. Despite bowling their hosts out for 153, Appleton could only manage 121 in response.
Stretton were dismissed for 148 by Bredbury St Marks, Mohammed Yousuf top scoring with 55.
Ali Zubain bowled well to take 2-26, but Bredbury got home with five wickets down.
Glazebury lost out by one wicket after a nail-biting finish against Westminster Park.
Batting first, they were dismissed for 94 with none of the batsman really getting to grips with the bowling. Jordan Carroll’s 17 was top score.
But Park also struggled for runs with Sam Stanier taking 5-44 and Jack Warhurst 4-26. The last pair were at the wicket when they scraped over the winning line.


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