A FINE bowling display by Vamshidhar Parvathaneni helped Chester County Officers extend their lead at the top of Meller Braggins League Division Two.
The in-form Indian paceman, known as Vamshi, claimed 8-22 at Aston to help set up a comfortable win for the Chester visitors.
Having won the toss, Aston decided to bat first on a slow wicket.
But with only three on the scoreboard, Vamshi bowled his first victim of the day. The other Aston opener, Derek Wright, left the field injured before Vamshi claimed his next two victims in the 15th over, making it 30-3.
Steve Johnson, bowling from the other end, was having no luck with the ball but he kept the runs at bay all the same, conceding just 21 from his 13 overs.
Meanwhile, Vamshi continued the onslaught taking eight victims in total as Aston were all out for 76 in 44 overs. Skipper Mike Clarke ended with 2 -10 from 8.1 overs.
With 46 overs to chase the win, Chester just needed some application and steadiness with the bat.
Mike Rowlands and James Blaxall put on 18 before the latter tried to force the ball through a gap at mid-wicket and was bowled for 14. Rowlands was then given LBW on 10.
Ian Rule (13) and J Afridi (20) found the boundary on a few occasions to get the total towards the required figure.
It was left to Mike Jones (5no) and Graham Dodd (6no) to take Chester over the line to 77-4.
In Division One, OAKMERE lost at home to leaders Weaverham.
They are still searching for their first win of the campaign after being bowled out for 110 (Paul Yearsley 47) in pursuit of Weaverham’s 163-9dec.
Oakmere captain Peter Hutchinson said: “We bowled very well but it was another poor performance with the bat.”