ALISTAIR Begg played a starring role with both bat and ball for Kingsley when they celebrated a victory at Oakmere.

He top-scored with 92 at the crease, finding the boundary 16 times – including a maximum – during an 85-ball innings.

That included two half-century partnerships, with opener Haris Yassin (38) and later Danny Mullins (33), as the Crofters closed on 239.

Joe Roddis (3-79) and Adrian Stubbs (3-48) were the pick of the home team’s attack, while wicket-keeper Daniel Faulkner was responsible for three stumpings.

Begg was then responsible for running out Matthew De Villiers (57), sent back by Faulkner, with a direct hit to thwart Oakmere’s hopes of holding on for a draw.

The South African was eighth man out, and the home team’s reply ended 77 runs short on 162.

Skipper Ben Stoddart (3-36), Austin Smith (2-33) and Adrian Burden (2-42) all contributed with the ball, while there were three run-outs during an impressive fielding performance.

Weaverham fell nine runs short when they chased 236 to beat neighbours Barnton in a thrilling encounter at Broomsedge.

The Russets’ reply appeared in trouble at 55-5 before a half-century from Kevin Douglas (83), supported by contributions from James Bell (33) and Rob Harrison (40) raised hopes they might prevail.

However skipper James Hodgkinson (2-49), with assistance from Neil Langham (4-39) and Cory Devanny (2-36), made sure that they didn’t.

A brilliant century from overseas star Brayden Tracey (100), who added 103 runs for the second wicket with opener Paul Coot (53,) was a highlight for the home team when they declared at 235-6 after being put in.

Stef Bell, with 3-55, was the most productive of the visitors’ bowlers.

A maiden first-team century for Martin Evans (119no off 124 balls) was a highlight for Winnington Park during a draw with Appleton in Division Two.

He passed 100 with a reverse sweep for four, one of 18 during a fine innings, as the visitors declared on 223-5 after 42 overs.

Sam Barnes (32 off 19 balls), Jonny Wales (33) and Ben Coulbeck (24) contributed too.

Appleton left it late to accelerate the scoring in their reply, reaching 188-5 with overseas signing Matthias Paltridge (114no) showing his class.

Wales took 2-60 on a pitch that gave little encouragement to fast bowlers.

Middlewich had the better of a draw with Woodford in the same section after putting 194-8 on the board at Haddon Field.

Stephen Parry (57) passed 50 for the third time this season, while Matt Allen (45) and Kieron Boyle (30) weighed in too at the top of the order.

The visitors settled for a share of the spoils after replying with 125-7, recovering from 47-5 after Danny Clinch (44no) and Alexander Meese (29) added 65 for the fifth wicket.

Denton Brock, with 5-13 off 13 overs including five maidens, was the hosts’ outstanding bowler.


UKFast Cheshire League

Week Six

Saturday, May 25

Division One: Barnton 235-6 dec Weaverham 227; Haslington 156-8 Ashton on Mersey 81; North East Cheshire 185-9 Lymm 181-9; Oakmere 162 Kingsley 239; Port Sunlight 94 Stockport Trinity 171-5; Runcorn 79 Cheadle Hulme 230-5.

Division Two: Appleton 188-5 Winnington Park 223-5 dec; Ashley 245-8 Maritime 146; Bredbury St Mark’s 84-3 Prestbury 82; Hawk Green 213-3 Heaton Mersey 211-7; Langley 100-1 Irby 97; Middlewich 194-8 Woodford 125-7; Wilmslow 102-2 Stretton 98.

Division Four: Glazebury 174-9 Winsford 84; Mossley 178-8 Westminster Park 303-3 dec; Saughall 198-4 Malpas 76; Trafford MV 219-9 Kerridge 162; Tranmere Victoria * Styal *; Wistaston Village 101-9 Bowdon Vale 206-4.