WITH two matches played and two maximum-points victories in the bag, Barrow have made a perfect start to the season.

The village side, from Division Two of the Meller Braggins League, recorded their latest success at Woodford on Saturday.

The visitors lost the toss and were asked to field first, with some tight bowling from Mal Barrow and Rishan Fernando ensuring Woodford got off to a slow start. But the home batsmen began to accelerate and were all out for an impressive 240, Phil Noble taking 5-34.

In reply, openers Greg Russell and Shanu Madushan took the score to 74 before Russell was dismissed.

Further excellent contributions from Dave McClements,Vimu Lakshitha, Nick Mumford and Mal Barrow helped Shanu reach an unbeaten 122no as Barrow won with 244-6.

KINGSLEY again failed to set a challenging first innings total as they were bowled out for 98 at home to Winnington Park.

Travis Martin (3-42) was again in the wickets for the home side, but they were a consolation as Park knocked off the runs with half their wickets still intact (99-5).

CHOLMONDELEY (239-3dec) had little trouble dispatching visitors Winsford (107ao).

In Division One, ALVANLEY maintained their 100% record with a 48-run victory at Northwich.

The visitors chose to bat first on a dry, crumbly wicket and soon lost Chris Jones.

But Mark Szymura hung around for an invaluable 42 and Nick Geddis (29) also made useful runs as Alvanley reached 161-9.

In Northwich’s reply, an opening burst of 3-13 from Chris Charles set the tone. Spin twins Dave Shewring (2-28) and Robin Fisher (3-32) then made their mark as Northwich were all out for 113.

Elsewhere, OAKMERE (265-3dec) were convincing winners at home to Trafford MV (152ao).

In Division Three, CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS were beaten in their derby with BUNBURY at Mannings Lane.

Chester struggled at first with the bowling of Owen Williamson and Robin Williams, but Ian Rule (26) and Chris Wright (18) built a solid foundation which allowed new boy Roger Watt (65no), Mike Jones (33) and the lower order to put up a respectable 181-7.

After tea, Bunbury looked comfortable in reply.

Ian Rule snaffled two wickets with his under-used left arm spinners but Gareth Johnson moved effortlessly though the gears to finish on 75no as Barrow reached 182-3.

Alvanley’s under 13s had a great win in the Cheshire Cup against Oulton Park.