GRAPPENHALL got their new season in the RSK Cheshire County Cricket League off to a winning start when they picked up a three wicket victory at Marple.
Joshula Hayes took 5-29 in 8.5 overs as the home side were bowled out for 176 then skipper Adam Roylance hit a superb 67 as Grappers coasted to 177-7 with overs to spare.
Arthur Pennington hit 37 not out and William Fell 24.
It was an encouraging start for Grappers who are aiming to gain promotion back to the ECB Premier division after being relegated to division one in 2019.
Grappenhall 2nd also won, picking up a six wicket victory over Heaton Mersey at Broad Lane.
The visitors totalled 165-8, with Ian Hall taking 3-27 and Matt Titchard 3-46.
Grappenhall got off to a shakey start, losing four wickets cheaply. Then Ben Clissold, with a hard-hitting 103 not out and Francis Young, with 40 not out, came together to take the side to 169 without further loss.
Grappenhall 3rd won a tense T20 fixture against Hale Barns. The home side posted 121-9 off their 20 overs with debutant Fameesh Azeez picking up four wickets for Grappers with his leg spin.
In reply Grappers’ top order crumbled to 0-3 off two overs, the worst possible start. Mark Tyerman and Dave Coyne steadied the ship and scored 39 and 26 respectively to get back into the game. After they both fell, David Seed played a calm knock to see Grappers home in the last over. With scores level, Grappers won the match by virtue of losing fewer wickets.
Warrington started their season with defeat – despite a solid batting performance at Congleton.
The reliable Johnathan Fletcher hit a fine 105 from 100 balls and there were useful knocks from Patrick Tyrrell, 34 and Liam Heaphy, 32, as Warrington reached 234-8 in their 50 overs.
Fletcher picked up 3-15 when Congleton batted, but the home side reached their target with four wickets to spare.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Appleton went down heavily at Heaton Mersey after being bowled out for 114 in 39.1 overs. It could have been worse, for at one stage Appleton were 49-7.
But some late htting by Rory Kellett, 44 and Simon Tomlinson, 21, restored a degree of respectability to the total. Even so, the home side hit off the runs for the loss of just one wicket which, appropriately, fell to a catch by Tomlinson off the bowling of Kellett!
Appleton 2nd picked up 25 points by virtue of Cholmoneley failing to raise a team. But Appleton 3rd won by three wickets after bowling Lindow out for 135, Paul Grumley 3-7. Jonathan Owen hit a fine 53 as Appleton replied with 137-7.
Appleton 4th went down heavily at home to Hartford after the visitors hit 234-6 . Appleton could only muster 111, Ajai Jha top scoring with 30.
Lymm Oughtrington Park also started their season with a defeat, despite a solid batting performance against Knutsford at Oughtrington Lane.
Mathew Carr top scored with 59, skipper Travis Scholes hit 48 and Nick Chadbourne 44 as Lymm reached 232-7. But Knutsford reached their target for the loss of seven wickets, with Scholes the pick of the Lymm bowlers with 3-26.
Lymm Oughtrington Park 2nd started their season with a 79 run victory at Oakmere.
Steve Knowles hit 57 and Graham Waumsley 51 as Lymm hit 210-7. Oakmere replied with 131, with Anthony Spaven taking 3-7 and Astrayo Daw takintg 3-27.
Glazebury appeared to be making a good start to their season with the pace of Stam Stanier, 5-34, reducing Bowdon Vale to 97 all out.
But after the break, Glazebury’s batsmen never got started and they were bowled out for 81, with Jack Warhurst, 17, top scorer.
Glazebury 2nd went down by four wickets against Upton at Hurst Lane.
Opener Andrew Calvert hit an unbeaten 47 as the home side hit a modest 115.
The visitors were struggling at 58-6, with geoff Roberts taking 4-16, but their middle-order hit out and took them to 116-6.