ALVANLEY got off to a perfect start and never looked back as they sealed a crushing home win over Prestbury on Saturday.
The visitors, promoted from Division Two of the Meller Braggins League last year, were on the back foot from the very start when Chris Jones and Mark Szymura formed a dazzling opening partnership.
Jones looked in great form, pulling with great authority, while Szymura was driving with power and confidence. The pair added 96 in just 17 overs before Jones fell for a classy 39.
Andy Bennion (54) was soon into his stride and in the next 12 overs, a further 86 was added.
Szymura finally fell for 102 off 104 balls before Alvanley declared on 242-4.
Initially, the hosts’ bowlers toiled on the flat pitch, but spin twins Rob Fisher (4-27) and Dave Shewring (6-49) came to the fore and Prestbury were bowled out for 127.
OAKMERE began the season on a losing note.
They were undone at Davenham, who batted first and made 154-9 (Phil Nelson 5-46). Oakmere’s reply failed to reach even three figures and they were all out for 83 (Rick Lyons 29).
In Division Two, KINGSLEY were beaten at Winsford. Asked to bat on a pitch that had been slowed by the overnight rain, Kingsley struggled to accelerate against Winsford’s accurate seamers. From a precarious 75-6, Alex Hatt (33) and Travis Martin (26) took the visitors to a respectable 127-9.
All of Kingsley’s bowlers took wickets but they were unable to stop the gradual flow of runs as the hosts made it to 131-7 (Peter Pearce 3-45).
BARROW enjoyed a good home win over Aston, who won the toss and made first use of a good looking track.
But the accuracy and control of Mal Barrow slowed the visitors down and wickets fell at regular intervals as Aston were dismissed for 118 (Nick Mumford 6-22).
Barrow’s openers also found batting difficult but Greg Russell (56no) and Shanu Madushan (44no) saw their side home to 121-2.
Elsewhere, CHOLMONDELEY (137-9dec) lost at Mere (138-3).
In Division Three, CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS chalked up a maximum-points win at Disley.
An efficient outfield display kept Disley down to a moderate score of 140 in 45 overs. Leading the way was Steve Johnson , who sent down 22 frugal overs for 35 runs, taking five wickets. Vamshir and Mike Roberts each took a wicket, backed up by enthusiastic fielding, highlighted by James Blaxall’s astonishing diving catch.
After tea, Ian Rule (70no) was in commanding form as CCO reached 143-2.
Elsewhere in the same division, BUNBURY (115-3) were too good for Alderley Park (113ao).