FIVE stoppages for rain could not prevent Chester Boughton Hall from coasting to victory on Saturday.
They inflicted the third defeat of the Vivio County League campaign on promoted Bowdon at Filkins Lane.
The visitors were restricted to 172-8, a tally which would have been notably smaller but for a fine innings of 97 from Simon Marshall. Jack Williams claimed 4-63.
As the weather worsened, Boughton Hall pressed on and took just 35 overs to reach 174-4. Lancashire’s big-hitter Jordan Clark scored 65 and skipper Steve Ogilby an unbeaten 30.
CHRISTLETON became Brooklands’ fourth victims – and suffered their fourth successive defeat – when the south Manchester side won by six wickets at Little Heath to stay top of Division One.
Matt Astbury (92) and Ben Patterson (42) scored the bulk of Christleton’s decent tally of 188-6. Brooklands responded with 189-4.
OULTON PARK halted Bredbury St Mark’s good start at Little Budworth.
Peter Zybrands (61) and Chris Wood (50) helped Bredbury total 194-5 in a game restricted to 78 overs after a series of hailstorms. Oulton got home with five balls of the last over to spare when Craig Douglas hit a six to win the match.
Unfortunately, it left his partner Nick James high and dry on 99no.
In Division Two, ALVANLEY ran into a very strong Timperley side buoyed by starting the season with seven wins from seven. They soon made it eight.
Alvanley were asked to bat first on a dry, flat home wicket.
Ste Charles and Andy Bennion opened up and had few alarms against the pacey Timperley opening bowlers until Charles drove straight to mid off’s grateful hands with the score on 20.
Bennion and Glenn Pickergill took the score along to 43 when Bennion was bowled for 23. Again, another partnership was formed by Pickersgill and Andy Hayhurst, only for Hayhurst, who had looked in complete control, to pull a calf muscle.
Ian Grindley’s left-arm spin then sparked a mini-collapse, but an enterprising partnership between Chris Charles and Dave Shewring put the home team back on track.
At 113-5, a decent score looked likely. However, Shewring’s departure was followed by another flurry of wickets and only a late cameo from the limping Hayhurst gave Alvanley something to bowl at as they were all out for 157 in the last over.
In reply, Timperley’s Matt Macquet slammed 80no off just 42 balls to fire his side to a winning 159-3 in 23 overs.
It was cold on the wide open stretches at TATTENHALL as Stockport worked their way to a two-wickets win with four balls of a closely-contested game remaining. Tatters closed a full 50 overs innings on 186-9 (Ollie Thompson 59). The Cale Green men replied with 187-8.