Davenham's wait for a win continues, while Northwich squeeze past Bredbury St Mark's

Northwich batsman Tom Coppenhall prepares to defend during Saturday's win against Bredbury St Mark's. Picture: MATT SAYLE

Northwich batsman Tom Coppenhall prepares to defend during Saturday's win against Bredbury St Mark's. Picture: MATT SAYLE

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

DAVENHAM reached the end of July without a league win after losing by seven wickets at Division One leaders Cheadle.

Mark Greaves’ men were knocked over for 80 after choosing to bat, losing their last nine wickets for 39 runs after Dave Price (29) had contributed earlier on.

Only three other batsmen made it to double figures after Will Holmes (5-28) and Paul Sperring (4-11) damage with the ball.

Cheadle cruised to victory in reply at 81-3 inside 17 overs, with Dan Hancock claiming two of the wickets to fall.

Oulton Park tail-enders Mike Cook and Andy Hards frustrated Didsbury at Little Budworth, putting on 17 runs for the final wicket as the hosts closed on 161-9.

Louis Bentley (41) and Pat Roberts (26) shared in a stand for the third wicket worth 62 runs before Nick James contributed 36.

Earlier, Matt Marfani (54) had played a starring role in Didsbury’s 192-9 with Guy Emmett (3-73) and Hards (3-32) the most productive of the bowlers.

Middlewich are only a single point, and place, above the relegation zone after a heavy 82-run defeat at Cheadle Hulme.

They were dismissed for 88 when set 171 to win, with Luke Houghton (20) one of only four batsmen to make it beyond 10 as opening bowlers Rana Malook (6-43) and John Burton (4-45) combined to run through their order.

Jordan Potts (75) passed a half-century earlier in the afternoon as Cheadle posted 170-9, with Stephen Bliss (6-54) the most impressive performer in Middlewich’s attack.

Weaverham’s ninth win of the campaign in Division Two was hard-earned, with visitors Irby setting them a target of 234 to win.

The Russets made it to their target with three wickets, and four overs, to spare though thanks to a half-century by Rob MacMillan (70), while Ian Eaton (42) provided support.

Irby had totalled 233-7 earlier on, with Greg Shillinglaw (77) their leading scorer.

Northwich, victors only once since the start of June, beat Bredbury St Mark’s in low-scoring game at Moss Farm.

Captain Mark Walker (40), Glyn Cherian and James Plant (both 29) played key parts for the hosts who were bowled out for 131 with Hassan Nazir (5-42) dismissing each of them.

Sam Shepherd (5-22) was again the leader of an attack that knocked over the visitors for 113 – 26 of those extras.

Andrew Dufty (3-12) and Plant (2-28) played supporting roles.

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