A SUPERB eight-wicket haul helped Chester County Officers pull off a 44-run victory over the Division Three leaders on Saturday.
Indian pace ace Vamshidhar Parvathaneni, known to his tem-mates as ‘Vamshi’, was simply too good and too quick for table-topping Woodford.
Mike Rowlands’ visitors batted first and recovered from losing their openers early thanks to a fourth-wicket partnership of 89 between Ian Rule (58) and Paul Hickey (38). They finished on 153 in the 40th over.
Then it was time for Vamshi, a business student at Liverpool University, to take centre stage. He tore through the Woodford batting line up, claiming 8-44 while Mike Clarke (2-57) supported at the other end. The stunned hosts were all out for 109 in the 23rd over.
Sadly for CCO, 23-year-old Vamshi has been offered work experience for the summer in Peterborough – so his stay with the club could be short.
Elsewhere, BUNBURY (223-6) won a high-scoring clash with visitors Disley (219-8dec).
ALVANLEY’S second win in a row has propelled them to third place in the Division One table.
A good all-round display saw Andy Bennion’s men chalk up an away win over Ashley on Saturday.
Bennion won the toss and elected to bat, but Alvanley found themselves in danger at 71-5 from 28 overs.
It was left to the lower order to rescue the visitors, Nick Geddis (43no) and Rob Fisher (23) combining to add a half-century stand as Alvanley clambered their way to 163-8.
Bowling duo Jez Brummitt and Fisher then stepped to the fore as Ashley set about their reply. The pair combined to reduce the home team from 41-0 to 69-3 and 75-7.
The win was sealed when, with just three overs remaining, Fisher (5-20) took two wickets in two balls to leave Ashley all out for 122 (Brummitt 3-22, Nick Geddis 2-34).
In mid-table, MALPAS lost away to Hale Barns, who reached 188-6 chasing 187-8.
OAKMERE won at Trafford MV after batting first and posting 169 (Nick Ball 32). Michael Cushion then bagged 5-36 as Trafford were all out for 108.
In Division Two, KINGSLEY took plenty of batting positives from their home loss to Winsford, but were given a lesson in how to chase down a total. Opener Mark Butcher returned to form with 71 and Kieron Ollier remained unbeaten on 64 as Kingsley set what they thought would be a challenging 186-4. At 69-4, all claimed by Travis Martin, Winsford looked to be in trouble, but their middle order had other ideas.
The fifth-wicket pair put on an unbeaten 118 to coast home with six overs to spare.
Elsewhere, CHOLMONDELEY (85-1) wrapped up an emphatic victory over Bowdon Vale (83ao) while BARROW (132ao) went down at home to Barnton (165-7dec).