Kristian Clowes' century was a highlight of Middlewich's nine-wicket win against Christleton on Saturday

Northwich Guardian: Davenham slow bowler Dan Hancock took three wickets in their defeat against Macclesfield. Picture: MATT SAYLE Davenham slow bowler Dan Hancock took three wickets in their defeat against Macclesfield. Picture: MATT SAYLE

KRISTIAN Clowes scored an unbeaten century as Middlewich recorded only their second league success of the season in Division One.

He contributed 121, including 15 fours and three sixes, as the visitors scored a crushing nine-wicket win at Christleton on Saturday.

James Cornford (62no) was at the crease with him for a second-wicket stand worth 167 runs as Middlewich reached 191-1.

They had bowled out the hosts for 190, opener Ben Patterson (90) making a half-century while Stephen Bliss (5-31) and overseas signing Jordie Gibbens (3-87) starred with the ball.

In-form Oulton Park rise to sixth in the standings after recording a fourth successive win, this time at Sale’s expense.

Their guests at Little Budworth reached 182, with Andrew Hards (4-47) and Tom Hyslop (3-11) playing a restricting role.

Oulton replied with 183-1 in little more than 25 overs, Cheshire star Rick Moore (77no) preferring to play a supporting role to Hyslop (55 from 36 balls) and Louis Bentley (44no).

Davenham slipped to fifth in the table following a 43-run reverse at home to Macclesfield.

The visitors declared at 299-7, a total that included a century-plus stand involving captain Nick Ross (122) and Jack Ward (76).

Dan Hancock took 3-77.

Davenham made it to 256 before being bowled out, with Australian Kendel Fleming (76), David Price, James Loveridge (both 41) and skipper Mark Greaves (38) among the runs before Ian Tait (3-52) settled the outcome.

Wilden Cornwall was Weaverham’s star turn in an 86-run win at lowly Heaton Mersey, which keeps the Russets top of the pile in Division Two.

He scored 100 in their 258 all out, with James Lewis (57) passing a half-century for the visitors in support.

Cornwall, from Antigua, returned figures of 4-46 as the home team succumbed later for 172.

Captain Stuart Hayes and Rob MacMillan claimed two wickets apiece.

Alvanley had the better of a high-scoring draw against Northwich, scoring 240-7 after winning the toss with Jon Suckley (105no) and Mark Rowlands (69) making the biggest individual contributions.

Sam Shepherd (3-65) and James Plant (2-66) did the bulk of the work by the visitors’ attack.
Northwich responded with 197-8, with Glioj Cherian (59), Plant (49no) and wicket-keeper Sam Stoneley (35) each chipping in.

Rowlands took 3-60 to supplement his score earlier in the day.

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