KINGSLEY recovered from a humbling seven days earlier when Austin Smith inspired them a 65-run success at North East Cheshire.

The Australian celebrated a first five-fer since arriving in England, including the final wicket to seal victory, as the Crofters knocked over their hosts for 95.

He had support from Adrian Burden (2-14) and the home team never recovered from losing five wickets, while scoring only four runs, during a spell when they bowled together.

Kingsley had posted 160-8 on a soggy pitch after Ali Begg (64) and Kingsley Warman steadied an innings that wobbled at 12-2.

Kieron Ollier (35no off 38 balls) impressed too.

Barnton lost by nine wickets at home to promotion-hopefuls Ashton on Mersey after they were dismissed for 110 batting first.

Paul Coot (25) and Matthew Gosnell (27) were the only ones to make a start while Ed Faulkner (5-20) accounted for half of their teammates.

Ashton cruised to victory after openers Akash Patel (62) and Mike Roberts (33no) put on 92 for the first wicket.

Matthew De Villiers passed 50 for the first time since his arrival but Oakmere did not score a high enough total to deter Haslington.

The South African found the boundary 10 times on his way to 78 before he was run out, while David Purcell (22) was the only other batsman to contribute as they put 144 on the board.

There was hope for the men from Overdale Lane when they reduced their guests to 53-4 before Ben Istead (37no) and Jonathan Phipps (60) took the game away from them during a fifth-wicket stand worth 88 runs.

Matthew Howard (2-24) and Nick Guest (2-40), making his first appearance of the campaign, claimed a brace apiece.

Weaverham went down by 23 runs away to former county league rivals Runcorn.

The home team put 177-8 in the scorebook after an innings rescued by Rob Magee (52no) at seven after he shared in partnerships with Dan Booth (26) and Sam Rowland (28).

Kev Douglas took 3-20, supported by Doug Pinnington (2-63) and James Ollier (2-54).

The Russets fell for 154 in reply, with Douglas (74) and returning captain Jake Lightfoot (26) the pick of their batsmen while Tom Heath (5-35) starred for Runcorn.

Winnington Park eased to a comfortable seven-wicket win at Woodford in a Division Two encounter.

Their spinners – Jonny Wales (5-24) and James Hendry (2-10) - followed a fine spell by returning Jason Hayes to leave the home team back in the shed with only 108 on the board.

Captain Alec Butcher (50) was at his destructive best as the visitors made it to their target in the 23rd over.

Middlewich were indebted to Stephen Parry (68no) and Luke Houghton (61) after they shared in a sixth-wicket stand worth 108 runs that changed the course of their meeting with Prestbury.

The duo came together with the score at 54-5.

Houghton was efficient, facing only 55 balls, before his teammate steered the men from Haddon Field to 202-6.

A collective effort in the field dismissed the visitors for 131 with Phil Parry (3-36), Gavin Twigg (3-22) and Kieran Boyle (2-16) contributing.

Winsford were skittled for 66 in a Division Four clash with Trafford MV with captain Ben Crellin (20) their leading run-scorer.

He took 3-19 after tea, while Dave Etchells weighed in with two wickets, during a spirited reply in the field before their hosts reached 70-5 in the 20th over.


UKFast Cheshire League

Saturday, May 11

Division One: Barnton 110 Ashton on Mersey 113-1; Cheadle Hulme 66 Stockport Trinity 111-9; North East Cheshire 95 Kingsley 160-8; Oakmere 144 Haslington 145-5; Port Sunlight 191-6 Lymm 255-9; Runcorn 177-8 Weaverham 154.

Division Two: Appleton 138 Irby 147-8; Ashley 189-7 Stretton 191-6; Bredbury St Mark’s 72 Langley 202; Hawk Green 313-9 Maritime 118-9; Middlewich 202-6 Prestbury 131; Wilmslow 114 Heaton Mersey 133; Woodford 108 Winnington Park 109-3.

Division Four: Glazebury 126 Saughall 164-9; Mossley 205-4 Kerridge 204; Styal 60 Westminster Park 64-6; Trafford MV 70-5 Winsford 66; Tranmere Victoria 79-3 Bowdon Vale 75; Wistaston Village 40-2 Malpas 37.