Meller Braggins Cheshire League
ROLLS-ROYCE continued their recent good form with an impressive victory at Offerton.
The home side batted first, scoring 137-7 from their 45 overs with father and son Stuart and Chris Macleod the main wicket-takers. Stuart took 2-42 with son Chris returning 3-33. Charlie Johnson and Chris Hampshire also took a wicket each.
Rolls reply got off to the worst start imaginable with the first three batsmen back in the pavilion without a run on the board!
However, youngsters Chris Hampshire and Nick Bentley showed patience and application in a superb fourth-wicket stand. On a damp wicket and with a slow outfield, runs proved hard to come by.
But the two 18-year-olds showed great determination to share a stand of 142 to see the Motormen home without further loss.
Hampshire continued his excellent recent form to finish unbeaten on 83, while Bentley finished the game with a six over the bowler's head to finish on 53 not out. The win was worth 23 points for Rolls.
Elsewhere in Division Two, Holmes Chapel notched an 85 runs win at Knutsford. Holmes declared on 159-7 before bowling out their hosts for 74.
Sandbach also enjoyed an excellent win over Burnage in Division Three. Having declared on 172-8, Burnage were then bowled out for 89.
Rolls-Royce's seconds made it a double victory for their team with a comprehensive win at home to Lindow.
Rolls batted first and scored 157-7 with 16-year-old Krishna Bhardwa hitting an impressive 45, ably supported by skipper Leroy Maynard with 39.
In reply Lindow struggled against the aggressive pace bowling of Mick Gill whose three wickets ripped the heart out of the top order.
Chris Trehaire and 13-year-old Vishnu Bhardwa also took three wickets each to leave Lindow all out for just 69.