AT THE fourth time of asking, Castrol secured their first victory since promotion to the Meller Braggins League as they bowled Offerton out for 85 on Saturday to win by 104 runs.
Captain Mark Evans said: 'I have been saying that someone was going to cop one and, unfortunately for Offerton, it was them. Everyone with the bat chipped in. The game isn't about individuals and today proved that. It was a fantastic team effort and hopefully we can use it as a springboard to build a promotion-winning run through the rest of the season.'
Castrol won the toss and batted, although Benbow (9) got himself into a bit of a muddle, once again falling over a straight one bowled by Hudson (3-45).
MoM Flanagan (42) was again imperious, but Evans (22) looked scratchy and was bowled by Hooton (3-74).
Garratt was then pushed up the order to increase the tempo, a strategy that paid off as he made an immediate impact.
Flanagan also got in on the act and the pair added 70 in 11 overs before Garratt (40) was caught on the boundary by Myatt off Hooton and Flanagan was bowled by Thomas (1-38). Hutchinson (13) gave an excellent anchor role as the big guns played around him.
Stalwart Green (34) punished any wayward bowling but was eventually castled by Hudson.
Hutchinson held out to guide Castrol past the maximum batting points target before being caught by Bates off Hooton.
Garvey played a cameo, scoring eight from the four balls he faced, before Caulfield (1no) and King (7no) saw Castrol to 189-7 from their allotted 45 overs.
In reply, Castrol's young Morrisey (1-4) immediately hit the right areas and had Bates (1) floundering outside off-stump and edging the ball to Evans at gully.
Things got even better with Walters (4-35) then accounting for Myatt (0), aided by a great catch at second slip by Garratt.
Walters also looked to have a little more zip and accounted for Taylor (8), with Benbow completing the catch behind.
Flanagan (1-25) made an immediate impact, bowling Coulthard (9) with his first ball, while Garvey (1-19) got Potter (10) to edge on to Flanagan at gully.
Thomas (34) joined Bennett (21no) and a positive rearguard action by Thomas saw the score move swiftly on to 76.
With his first ball, Caulfield (2-1) bamboozled Thomas, with Benbow again making the catch, and then accounted for Hudson (0) with Garvey catching. Hooton (0) pushed one out to the on-side where Walters swooped on to the ball and Benbow completed the run out. Breeze then went for a duck, bowled by Walters, who wrapped things up by taking Hibbert (0), with Garvey again comcatching as Offerton were 85ao.
Offerton took 3pts, Castrol 25.