Nick Guest stars for Oakmere with both bat and ball in Cheshire League victory against Hale Barns

Winnington Park opener James Hendry keeps his eye on the ball during Saturday's draw at home to Lymm. Picture: MATT SAYLE

Winnington Park opener James Hendry keeps his eye on the ball during Saturday's draw at home to Lymm. Picture: MATT SAYLE

First published in Sport Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

NICK Guest inspired Oakmere to a first win of the campaign in the TACS Partnership Cheshire League top flight at Hale Barns on Saturday afternoon.

He brought the home team’s innings to an end with a hat-trick, returning figures of 5-8 as the Northwich outfit were set a target of 121 to win.

Mike Cushion (3-40) played a supporting role, while Pete Hutchinson held on to three catches at slip.

The visitors limped to 54-3 off 18 overs in reply before captain Sam Catling (41no) made sure of a merited six-wicket victory with Guest (24no) at the crease with him.

After back-to-back wins, Barnton crashed to a heavy 98-run reverse at Woodford in Division Two.

Ryan Willliamson (59) scored a half-century for the hosts, including a 69-run partnership with Ben Walker (25) before an unbeaten stand worth 78 for the sixth wicket took them to 200-5.

Adam Garrod (2-28) and Neil Langham (2-35) shared the wickets.

Barnton started confidently in reply, with Paul Coot (53) leading the way.

However only Pat Flannagan followed him to double figures as Chris Clarke (5-16) and Paul Owen (3-10) ripped through the order to dismiss the visitors for 102.

Winnington’s batsmen, in particular wicket-keeper Greg McKeown (63), held out for a draw against Lymm at the Rec.

They closed on 144-8 in reply to the Warrington outfit’s 247-7 declared, during which skipper Travis Scholes made 88.

James Hendry (4-12) and James Woolley (3-73) were the only bowlers to take a wicket for the hosts.

Kingsley drew against Disley at the Croft, where the visitors totalled 188-6 before declaring with Steve Kitchen (2-32) the pick of the home team’s attack.

Aussie Travis Martin (47no) and captain Peter Pearce frustrated the away team in reply, earning their side a smaller share of the spoils at 101-8.

In Division Three, Winsford eased to a six-wicket win at home to Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge after dismissing their guests for 91.

Craig Webb and Mark Dean claimed four victims each before the former then contributed 32 to a successful reply.

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