FRUSTRATED by rain in their derby with Oakmere, Alvanley will be looking to gain valuable points against lower-table rivals Runcorn tomorrow.
OAKMERE won the toss and batted first last Saturday, and although they struggled against the outstanding Chris Charles and James Wheelahan, their wickets stayed intact. But slow bowler Peter Pearce found the opening, removing Yearsley and Wood in two balls. Charles took Hutchinson’s wicket and Alvanley were pleased at 65-3.
Stuart Eaton then settled in and got 81no to take Oakmere to 183-6dec, with Pearce on 5-71.
Alvanley lost Nick Geddis and Jacob Newman early but Andy Bennion and Ben Pearce made a stand before rain set in. With Alvanley 40-2 (Bennion 26no, Pearce 14no), seven points was their reward.
After playing Runcorn at home tomorrow, Alvanley hold their Chairman’s Day on Sunday. Spectators welcome.
MALPAS were unable to complete their match at Runcorn due to persistent rain.
They put the hosts in to bat and managed to restrict them to 157-9 with Mark Goldsmith (4-42) and Dave Hunt (3-34) spearheading the Malpas attack.
In gloomy conditions, Malpas were stuttering at 49-3 before the rain fell.
CHOLMONDELEY’S match at Ashton was also hit by the rain. The visitors were forced off at 94-4 in reply to Ashton’s 210-6.
In Division Two, BARROW travelled to Over Peover hoping to build on second position in the league. Peover decided to bat but Mal Barrow and Phil Johnson soon took two quick wickets.
Brett Bala’c and Marlon Barclay then entered the bowling and, with the run rate falling, Peover struggled to gain momentum, finishing on 87-9 with Bala’c and Barclay taking three wickets apiece.
Despite losing an early wicket, Barrow’s Nick Bell (23) and Marlon Barclay (58no) pushed forward to win inside 20 overs on 93-3, giving them a useful 25 points.
CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS had a disastrous day on Saturday at basement boys Bowdon Vale.
Vale batted first and looked shaky, falling to 48-7. But tail-enders Shakespear (31) and captain Halsall (25) made a 40-run partnership to take the score to 88-8. Then Vale put on 113 for the last three wickets, including a 45 last-wicket stand, to finish on 161 (Alen Roberts 4-39).
A demoralised CCO slumped to 38-5 before skipper Steve Johnson hit 47. Mike Pownall (39no) shepherded the side on, but Mike Jones was run out for 15 and CCO had to settle for the draw at 136-8.
In Division Three, a holiday-depleted KINGSLEY skippered by Kieron Ollier batted first at Chelford.
The decision looked a bad one as the visitors slipped to 26-4. But Matty Ollier hit 30 before two Alex’s, Wilson (32no) and Hatt (48no), carried Kingsley’s score to 141-6.
Chelford’s reply was shaky with Travis Martin claiming three early wickets. Chelford were on 53-5 when the rain set in. Nine bonus points leave Kingsley in second place.
The heavens opened to ensure there was no result in BUNBURY’s home meeting with Castrol.
The hosts were all out for 188 but play was stopped with the Oilmen on 30-0.