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All-rounder Abid shines as Warrington win

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WARRINGTON picked up a useful four wicket victory over Davenham in the RSK Cheshire County League – thanks largely to a all-round performance from Muhammad Abid.
Abid took 4-27 and Ashley Scholes, Jack Knowles and James Rudd claimed two wickets each at Walton Lea as the visitors were dismissed for 178.
Then, after Warrington had lost both openers cheaply, Abid stepped in with an unbeaten 55 and Patrick Tyrrell hit 67 as Warrington reached their target in the final over for the loss of six wickets.
Knowles also contributed a useful 33.
The result left Warrington lying fourth in the division two table.
Warrington 2nd won the 2nd XI match at Davenham after putting the home side in first and restricting them to 197-9, Raj Soni taking 4-53.
Charlie Jones hit 83, skipper Tom Jones 30 and Ravi Sabba 30 as Warrington coasted to 200-5 with four overs to spare.
Grappenhall’s disappointing start to the season continued with a four wicket defeat at Macclesfield.
Batting first, Grappers posted a below par 168- 9 off their 50 overs. But this represented something of a recovery as they were at one time 20-4. But Ben Bodha and Albert Pennington batting patiently with 60 and 38 respectively Grappers made a fight of it with the ball, but unfortunately left themselves too much to do. Macclesfield chased down the total for the loss of six wickets with one over to spare. Ian Hall picked up 4-22 runs in an excellent spell.
Grappenhall 2nd got the better of a drawn game at home to Macclesfield.
Grappers posted a commanding 224-3 in their 50 overs. Josh Hayes and Steve Rooney batted superbly at the top of the order, putting on 137 for the first wicket. Rooney scored 68 and Hayes finished agonisingly short of his hundred, on 97 not out at the end of the innings. Macclesfield finished on 140- 7 off their 50 overs. Matt Titchard bowled superbly with figures of 2 -11.
Grappenhall 3rd lost their first game of the season by 40 runs at North East Cheshire. Now in division one after last year’s relegation, they are now playing win/lose cricket with no draw option in the games. North East Cheshire batted first and posted 173- 6 off their 40 overs, with Tom Ellis picking up two wickets. In response, Grappers struggled from the start with no one really getting going with the bat as they were bowled out for 133 with seven overs to spare.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Lymm Oughtrington Park suffered a five wicket defeat against Northwich after being bowled out for 68, of which Moohammed Bhola hit 25.
Zaheer Khan took 3-22 as Northwich cruised to 69-5.
Appleton went down by seven wickets against Middlewich after totalling 134, Mashin Rafique hitting 32 not out and Alex Wright 22.
Middlewich hit 140-3 without much difficulty.
Appleton 2nd also lost heavily, bowled out for 65 with “extras” top-scoring with 14! The Middlewich second string coasted to 66 without loss.
Glazebury enjoyed a convincing victory over Wilmslow, batting first and hitting 110, John Brunt 29, Sam Stanier 23 and then dismissing the visitors for 46, Stanier and Sean Caine each taking 3-12.
It was a different story for Glazebury 2nd, however, bowled out for 65 after Warrington 4th had hit 170-6, Paul Higham 53.


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