URMSTON – so often a bogey side for Chester Boughton Hall – were put to the sword at Filkins Lane on Saturday.
Alex Kegg’s six-wicket haul set up the win and pushed Hall up from sixth to fourth in the County League Premier Division table.
It was a damp day but fantastic work from the ground staff ensured play began at the slightly later time of 1.15pm, with the match reduced to 100 overs.
Home skipper Steve Ogilby won the toss and decided to put Urmston in on a sticky wicket.
Chester struck early through Ian Linwood, then Kegg’s fine bowling reduced Urmston to 56-4.
Lewis Jackson (49) hit back but Urmston, but Kegg continued his onslaught, helped in the field by three catches by Mark Rowlands, to bowl the away side out for 129 in the 50th over.
Kegg bowled all the way through for figures of 6-59, including eight maidens, with Rowlands claiming 2-12.
Urmston’s total looked below par, but Boughton Hall’s batsmen still showed caution at the start of the innings.
Ogilby was lost early for six, which saw Mike Robinson (37no) join Warren Goodwin at the crease.
The pair put on 80 for the second wicket before Goodwin fell LBW for 49. Lee Dixon came and went for 12, before Kumar Sarna blasted some very hard shots at the end to finish on 15no and take Chester over the line.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, NESTON were beaten at home by Widnes in the league’s lowest scoring game of the day.
The Parkgate hosts were dispatched for 97 (Andy Roberts 37). Widnes struggled to a winning 99-6, helped by Ian Spencer’s cameo innings of 21. For Neston, Chris Finegan claimed 4-39.
Despite last Friday’s monsoon-like rain, an impressive 13 fixtures out of 18 were started in the County League on Saturday – albeit some of them in mid-afternoon.