WINNINGTON Park will have a second crack at promotion favourites Hawk Green on Saturday buoyed by how they performed during a first meeting last weekend.

They put 164-8 on the board at the Rec, where Peter Room (38no off 40 balls) accelerated the scoring later in the innings after captain Alec Butcher (38) and Jonny Wales (33) laid a foundation.

Joe Stimpson (1-44) made a breakthrough in the first over of the visitors’ reply but they recovered when John Hampson (35) and Peter Richards (96 off 59 balls) - dismissed by Room (1-24) before reaching 100 – added 123 runs for the second wicket.

Hawk Green reached their target in the 22nd over at 170-3.

Also in Division Two, Middlewich had the better of a draw with Appleton after posting 196-7.

Richard Clorley (88no) batted from the start, and watched on from the other end when Kallam Boyle (36no off 22 balls) score rapidly during the closing stages of the home team’s innings at Haddon Field.

Phil Parry (5-33) was in fine form after the turnaround but a defiant Reza Zaidi (41no) ensured the visitors took a share of the spoils after closing on 170-9.

Oakmere were the only one of mid Cheshire’s representatives in the top-flight to avoid defeat.

They scored 160-9 away to Runcorn, where Matthew De Villiers (31), skipper Craig Phelan (28), Ciaran McDonnell (26) and David Purcell (21) all made starts.

The home team never looked likely to pass that total, limping to 127-7 after James Hodkinson (4-29) followed a promising start made by Joe Roddis (2-46) and Matthew Howard (1-27).

Weaverham were thrashed by newcomers North East Cheshire at Wallerscote Road, where they were skittled for 46.

Toby Carson, with 7-29, was their nemesis.

The visitors had scored 208-8 after winning the toss earlier in the afternoon, skipper Jake Reynolds (92) falling short of a ton when he became one of Mike Dean’s four victims.

Kingsley were left to rue a slow start to their innings after falling to a 20-run reverse at high-flying Ashton on Mersey.

Chasing 239 off 48 overs, their chance appeared to have gone when they slipped to 75-6.

Ben Ainsworth (48 off 30 balls) revived flagging hopes during a 61-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Austin Smith (26).

The teenage left-hander scored five maximums, injecting momentum that was passed to Patrick Phelan (45no) and with seven overs left the Crofters needed only 22.

However Matthew Bradshaw (3-30) tempted last man in Adrian Burden to loft a drive to mid-off.

Australian Edward Faulkner (124no) was the star of the home team’s innings, sharing in unbroken partnership for the fifth wicket worth 112 runs with Peter Hatzoglou (34no) that took them to 238-4 before they declared.

Hartford lost by five wickets at Ashley Academy in Division C after succumbing for 66.

Their opponents weren’t convincing in a successful reply, needing 24 overs – and a steady knock from captain Andy Murray (38no) - to reach 70-5.


UKFast Cheshire League

Week Seven

Saturday, June 1

Division One: Ashton on Mersey 238-4 dec Kingsley 218; Cheadle Hulme 207-4 Port Sunlight 147; Lymm 135 Haslington 116; Runcorn 127-7 Oakmere 160-9; Stockport Trinity 88-2 Barnton 85; Weaverham 46 North East Cheshire 208-8.

Division Two: Irby 141-6 Heaton Mersey 144-5; Maritime 99 Ashley 144-9; Middlewich 196-7 Appleton 170-9; Prestbury 165 Bredbury St Mark’s 225-5; Stretton 179-8 Langley 178-9; Winnington Park 164-8 Hawk Green 170-3; Woodford 275-5 Wilmslow 225-6.

Division Four: Bowdon Vale 136-3 Trafford MV 134; Kerridge 231-7 Saughall 210; Malpas 185-9 Winsford 142; Styal 26-3 Mossley 25; Tranmere Victoria 204 Glazebury 155; Westminster Park 100-7 Wistaston Village 98.