MIKE Garvey made a key contribution with both bat and ball on Saturday as The Groves recorded their third league win on the spin.
Visitors Alderley Park, bottom of the Division Three table in the TACS Partnership Cheshire League, were shown no mercy by Garvey as he bagged 6-34 before scoring a half-century in Groves’ run chase.
Skipper Mike Caulfield said: “I think it’s no fluke that our upturn in form has coincided with Mike being back fit and bowling. But it’s also a team effort and the fielding is great at the minute and Martin (Flanagan) just keeps running in and seems like he can bowl all day.
“The whole unit have played some excellent cricket in these three wins and we now need to look to the next game and keep the run going and try and establish ourselves in the top half of the table.”
Caulfield’s wretched luck with the toss continued and the visitors had no hesitation in batting first on a good track.
Damian Walters (1-8) opened the bowling and made an immediate breakthrough. Martin Flanagan (3-26) opened up at the other end and the batsman could not cope with the length he was bowling.
The visitors were staring down the barrel at 37-5 at drinks, and their lower order batsmen could find no answer to Garvey as Park were all out for 101.
In reply, Garvey (50) and Nick Brimble (28) had cruised to 82-0 when Garvey was caught behind.
A mini collapse followed, but the groundwork had been done and Groves made it to 102-4.
The Groves, who are seventh in the Division Three table, will be looking to extend their winning run this Saturday when they travel to take on mid-table rivals Winsford (1.30pm).
In the Cheshire Alliance, Ellesmere Port eased to a home victory over Glazebury.
A superb bowling performance from Paul Betteridge (6-26) saw the visitors bowled out for 70 in 27 overs, Dwayne Bernard chipping in with 3-19.
In reply, the Port dipped to 22-3 but Ajaz Mukhtar (26no) and Gareth Boys (20no) then teamed up to guide their team home to 73-3.
Mid-table Port travel to second-placed Rylands on Saturday.