CHRISTLETON recorded an impressive three-wicket win in a high scoring Cheshire County League Division One game at Bollington.
The hosts set the Chester visitors quite a task by declaring on 234-6 (Matt Astbury 3-41). Mid-table Christleton made it with one ball to spare with Iroshan de Silva contributing 90, Astbury 43 and tail ender Ben Paterson a key unbeaten 22 at the death.
In Division Two, TATTENHALL turned in a poor performance as they lost away to promotion-chasing Upton.
On winning the toss, Tom Hyslop got into the act early, vindicating captain Roy Sandford’s decision to bowl by taking early wickets.
The Kiwi’s long spell continued to reap rewards, 4-50 from 23 overs, but then the rain came to wash the players from the field for the second time in the day.
When play resumed, Upton crawled along to 130-9dec – leaving Tattenhall to pass 130 for victory in just 31 overs.
It was always going to be a tricky target, given the conditions and the truncated nature of the innings, and so it proved.
The visitors slumped to 49-4 and it did not get much better for them.
Max Perry, Jason Davidson and Rob Mulvihill came and went, the latter two attempting attacking strokes too soon to Ian Linwood, who finished with 6-33 to go with his 6-22 in the reverse fixture.
Darren Gerrish (26) fought gamely, offering stout resistance and scoring with a freedom his middle and lower order colleagues could not muster.
Stuart Sadler fell leg-before too, before Gerrish was caught at slip attempting a big drive.
Tattenhall were all out for 96 and Upton were understandably delighted by their win, as it was surrendered to them by some careless batting.
MALPAS are still in the relegation places despite recording their fourth win of the season.
They bowled Congleton out for 89 (Mark Goldsmith 4-33).
With a rousing 35no from Maneesha Nissanka, Malpas went on to make 91-5 and collect 25 points.
Malpas, who are 25 points from safety, host basement boys Mobberley this Saturday.