Weaverham inflict a first defeat of the season in the Cheshire County League on Stockport

Antiguan all-rounder Wilden Cornwall claimed the prize wicket of Stockport's overseas player during Weaverham's latest win. Picture: MATT SAYLE

Antiguan all-rounder Wilden Cornwall claimed the prize wicket of Stockport's overseas player during Weaverham's latest win. Picture: MATT SAYLE

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

WEAVERHAM became the first team to beat promotion rivals Stockport in Division Two this season when they edged a close encounter by two wickets.

The Russets dismissed their hosts for 150, Wilden Cornwall claiming the prize wicket of Josh Manning (68) while Kevin Douglas (4-25 off 14 overs) and Rob MacMillan (3-26) chipped in too.

The table-toppers were made to work for their win, but contributions from James Lewis (38), Kevin Waterhouse and MacMillan (both 23) saw them to their target.

Stockport, undefeated in 20 league games since last September, slip to third place in the table as a result.

Northwich find themselves in the bottom half following a six-wicket defeat at Upton, where they were dismissed for 136.

Gary Dixon and Liam Sundve claimed four wickets each, while batsmen James Gittings (28), Ashley Sefton (27), James Plant (24) and Mark Walker (21) all failed to build on starts.

Rick Potter’s innings of 52 helped Upton reply with 140-4 to collect maximum points.

Their guests took consolation in Sam Shepherd’s two-wicket haul, which takes him past 50 for the season.

In Division One Middlewich lost narrowly, by two runs, at home to rock-bottom Brooklands to leave them just 21 points clear of the relegation zone.

Their guests posted 177-8 after being put in, Mark Law (48) and Will Baxter (22) putting on 50 for the ninth wicket without being parted.

Jordie Gibbons (3-58), with support from Stephen Bliss (2-48) and Stuart Price (2-25), led the hosts’ attack.

Middlewich were bowled out for 175 from the last ball, opener Phil Parry (78) passing a half-century and Gibbens (33) following up his fine work with the ball.

Luke Maitra pulled off with career-best figures of 7-45, with six victims dismissed by catches.

In-form Oulton Park thrashed visitors Timperley by 106 runs at Little Budworth, where fit-again Danny Leech scored 91 as the home team ran up 257-6.

Pat Roberts (69) helped out with a half-century.

Timperley were dismissed for 150, Mike Rudd (51no) running out of partners as Tom Hyslop took 5-39.

Davenham beat Widnes by 52 runs at Butcher’s Stile to celebrate a league win for the first time since June.

They were knocked over for 146, with Dave Price (43) their leading scorer after openers Kendel Fleming (31) and Mike Sambell (24) had laid a foundation.

Left-arm spinner Daniel Hancock (6-24) did the damage after tea, helping to skittle the visitors for 94 in reply.

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