NORTHWICH Sapphires celebrated a first victory last weekend since they were promoted to the North West Championship League’s first division.

They prevailed 55-47 at Chester.

It means they can sign off for 2018 in optimistic mood ahead of a trip to Bramhall in the New Year.

Sapphires’ seconds went down 61-38 against their Chester counterparts in a Division Two fixture.

They aim to recover when Trafford Seniors visit next month.

In the Cheshire Elite League, Northwich seconds were beaten 65-38 by Macclesfield at Winsford Academy.


Saturday, November 17

North West Championship League

Division One: Chester 47-55 Northwich Sapphires; LSA Excel 37-47 Capricorn; Warrington 42-57 Blackpool; YMCA Bury 49-40 Tameside

Division Two: Chester 61-36 Northwich Sapphires; Denton 76-25 Newman; Trafford Seniors 46-40 Ribble Valley; Warrington 49-56 Manchester Giants; YMCA Bury 51-65 Tameside

Cheshire League

Elite Division: Deeside 36-76 Harlequins; Knutsford 48-52 Chester Blue; Macclesfield 65-38 Northwich Sapphires Yellow; Tameside 52-36 Chester Maroon