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Cricket: Chester County Officers back on the march with win at Hale Barns

CHESTER County Officers returned to winning ways on Saturday at Hale Barns by sealing a convincing six-wicket margin in the TACS Partnership Cheshire League Division One.

CHESTER County Officers returned to winning ways on Saturday at Hale Barns by sealing a convincing six-wicket margin in the TACS Partnership Cheshire League Division One.

After vice-captain Chris Wright won the toss and elected to bowl, Graham Dodd (2-36) and Steve Johnson (1-39) took three early wickets to leave Hale Barns at 37-3.

Jay Afridi (4-32) and three run outs then saw Hale Barns stutter to 159 all out.

In reply, Stuart Putson (32) and Mike Rowlands (10) battled hard to put on 45 in 17 overs, before Tarwala (41no) and Afridi (37) swung the game in CCO’s favour.

Cameos by Roger Watt (17) and Mike Jones (14no) took Chester past the winning post with five overs to spare.

Malpas’ winning run came to an end as they went down by 58 runs at home to an impressive Romiley side.

With the pitch wet, it was a brave decision by Romiley's captain to bat first on winning the toss.

It paid off, though, as his team accumulated runs steadily in difficult conditions.

Keeping wickets in hand, the visitors managed to score 55 runs off their last nine overs to reach 142-8 from 45.

Malpas’ batting had no answer to either Romiley’s bowling or the pitch.

At 30-6, a total embarrassment was only averted by Tony Crabb’s 34 off 67 balls and some late hitting by Maneesha Nissanka, who scored 32 off 30 balls.

His was the last wicket to fall, the hosts dismissed for just 84.

Oakmere were also well beaten, by 74 runs at high-flying Mobberley.

The second-placed Knutsford outfit won the toss and decided to bat.

It proved the correct choice as they put on 172-9 (Nick Ball 4-15), a target that proved too big a task for Dan Wood’s men.

Captain Wood (39) top scored as Oakmere were bowled out for 98 in reply.

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