SAUGHALL’S performance in the field let them down as they lost at Appleton in Division One of the Cheshire Alliance.

After fighting hard for 159 on a green top, the Chester visitors failed to produce the fielding effort required to clinch the points.

Saughall skipper Chris Andrews won the toss and decided to take first use of a green but flat wicket.

Saughall lost Salisbury early to a poor stroke before Adam Griffiths (32) and James Huxley (49) did an excellent job of rebuilding.

At 121-6, after 41 overs, Saughall were certainly in dire need of an injection of runs to boost their total and Michael Andrews (14), Mandeep Singh (5 not out) and Loz Gotts (18) managed to provide it.

Appleton were circumspect in reply, reaching 25-0 after 11 overs.

Both openers then began to chance their arms and managed to push the score on.

Dropped catches cost Saughall and bowler Lawrence Gotts had no luck, with the outside half of the bat being hit with regularity.

Appleton finished on 161- 5.

Skipper Andrews said: “Appleton deserved their victory. For us, a better effort in the field is required next week.”

Basement side FRODSHAM lost by 43 runs at home to Bowdon Vale.

The visitors scored 124. After tea, Frodsham scored 81 with Dave Neary making 37no.