THE Groves ended their wait for a league win on Saturday.
The claimed a four-wicket home success over Stockport Trinity, ending a barren run of four matches in Division Three of the TACS Partnership Cheshire League.
Skipper Mike Caulfield said: “Before the game we talked about each of us stepping up and taking responsibility, especially with the bat. We got that today. We’re made up to get one in the win column and, looking at the table, if we can string a few more together then we can start climbing to the right end of the table.”
Caulfield won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Trinity to bat on a damp wicket.
They got off to a dream start with John Suresh (1-19) giving Fryer (0) an unplayable delivery. Damian Walters (1-24) returned from injury to partner Suresh and he removed Twidell (6) thanks to a smart slip catch from Mike Garvey.
Caulfield then brought Martin Flanagan (5-26) into the attack and he made immediate impressions.
Jack Finlay (2-22) and Caulfield (1-10) also did their bit as Stockport were bowled out for 113.
Garvey (49) and Nick Brimble (15) got Groves off to a solid start in reply. They dipped to 96-5 at one stage but, despite losing Nathan Evans for eight, were carried home to 114-6 by Darren Green (9no) and Damian Walters (2no).
The Groves travel to Wirral tomorrow evening (6.30pm) start in the preliminary round of the league knockout. They then hit the road on Saturday to go to CH Ladybridge (1.30pm).
In the Cheshire Alliance on Saturday, Ellesmere Port’s scheduled home match against Wilmslow was cancelled.
This Saturday they are due to travel to Saughall.
In Division Three, Capenhurst lost at Westminster Park.
Mike Edge (26) top scored in Cape’s 128, but Park hit back with 132-3.