KINGSLEY celebrated completion of their new pavilion with a comfortable home win over Stalybridge St Paul's on Saturday.
Batting first, the visitors struggled to make headway until star player Omar (43)[20ac]increased the run rate. He was eventually dismissed by Dave Whyke (2-41), returning for his first game for seven years, before Adrian Burden (6-35)[20ac]came back to knock over the tail and end the innings on 151.
John Elliott anchored Kingsley's run chase with a defiant 43, and with hasty knocks from Neil Rowlands (36) and Kieron Ollier (20), the win was claimed with five overs to spare.
At BUNBURY, the home side beat Port Sunlight by eight wickets. Port Sunlight were bowled out for 53 with R Williams taking 5-9 and R Harris 4-20. Bunbury won the game with 57-2 with M Ryder unbeaten on 38.
At FRODSHAM, the hosts defeated Aston by 14 runs. Frodsham made first use and were bowled out for 128 with M Williamson making 36. In reply, Aston were bowled out for 114 (B Large 4-40).
In Division two, SAUGHALL got their season under way with an exciting draw at Styal.
After losing the toss, the Chester team took to the field and started in impressive fashion, pegging the openers back with economical bowling.
Mike Andrews (4-54) and James Huxley (2-51) combined to reduce Styal to 104-5, but they got out of trouble to post 202-9 off their allotted 48 overs (Les Perkins 2 for 48).
Saughall stuttered to 56-3 but then began to close in on their target, adding runs but losing the odd wicket along the way.
When Adam Griffiths was caught late on for an excellent 69, it was left to Pete Tunnicliffe (6) to swing gamely in the gathering gloom. But the loss of his wicket - and just one run off the penultimate over - meant Saughall had to settle for the draw, finishing on 192-7.
In Division Three, hosts CAPENHURST beat Ellesmere Port 2nds by 22 runs. Capenhurst were bowled out for 150 with I Read unbeaten on 40 and M Edge hitting 32.
In reply, Port were bowled out for 128 (A Walkling 5-32, I Daniels 4-40).