ALVANLEY and Tattenhall shared more than 420 runs and 14 wickets in a high-scoring County League Division Two draw on Saturday.
The derby duel ended with visitors Tattenhall bagging 13 points to Alvanley’s eight.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Chris Charles removed John Gibbon with the sixth ball of the day, then Oliver Thompson and Tom Hyslop went on to add 110 for the second wicket. The partnership was ended by Dave Shewring, who removed Thompson (52) with a superb run out.
Wickets began to fall more regularly and Tattenhall were soon 170-7, Hyslop (77) among those to go.
A crucial eighth-wicket stand of 50 was added by Rob Mulvihill and Roy Sandford in the last 10 overs as Tattenhall ended above par on 221-7.
Alvanley’s reply was slow but steady.
The highlight of their innings was a well-crafted 51 from Andy Hayhurst, who played beautifully before falling LBW to Alan Brock (2-28).
Despite some lusty blows from the middle order, 221 proved to be out of reach and Alvanley finished on 191-7.
MALPAS endured a disappointing day away to fellow strugglers Upton, in a match reduced to 80 overs due to the wet weather.
Having lost what would prove to be a crucial toss, Malpas were asked to bat on a wet deck.
At 35-5, the visitors looked down and out. But Maneesha Nissanka and Connor Tinsley put together a 47-run sixth-wicket partnership, the latter going on the top score with 43.
Mark Goldsmith and Eddie Barlow put a further 27 on for the ninth wicket, leaving Upton needing 139 for victory. On what was fast becoming a drier, flatter track, Upton’s task never really looked in doubt. They made it to 143-4, Nissanka taking 2-30.