Another Silva ton
IROSHAM de Silva fired his fourth century in his last seven league outings as Christleton hauled themselves up to second in Division One on Saturday.
Although the outstanding Sri Lanka-born opener carried his bat superbly, his efforts could not prevent Paul Allen’s side from having to settle for a second successive draw.
But with Urmston seeing their trip to table-topping Bramhall rained off without a ball being bowled, 16 points from the visit of basement boys Warrington was enough to move Christleton into the promotion places with eight games to play.
De Silva, who is now up to 765 runs for the season, was not out on 106 when captain Allen declared on 226-1.
David Bates, with an unbeaten 58 from 58 balls, and Simon Ratcliffe (46) also let loose for the hosts, who were unable to bowl Warrington out despite the best efforts of Guy Newell (4-41), Allen (2-30) and de Silva (1-26).
The visitors held on at 163-7 to take six welcome points back to their Walton Lea Road home.
Tatts just hold on
IMPROVING Tattenhall stretched their unbeaten Division Two run to three matches on Saturday by holding on for a draw at home to Bredbury St Mark’s.
Invited to bat on to a Flacca track in great nick despite heavy rainfall in the days leading up to the clash, Tattenhall needlessly lost Madhur Jethlia (19) early on before a third-wicket stand of 74 between opener John Hope (50) and the returning Danny Ahmad (43) laid the foundations for what should have been a formidable total.
Some tight slow bowling in the middle period of the innings, however, brought a flurry of wickets and had it not been for decent knocks from Andrew Morris (27no) and Anthony Rouse (14), the under-strength hosts would never have got as far as 184-7dec.
But thanks to Melvin Dobson (5-57), Andrew Morris (1-51) and Andrew Atkinson (1-44), aligned with fine fielding, it was a target the visitors were unable to chase down.
Needing 14 from the final over, an excellent boundary catch in front of the pavilion by Ben Cooke, from the bowling of the artful Dobson, dismissed the dangerous Chris Wood for 55 and brought Bredbury’s hopes of victory to an end.
The Stockport outfit finished on 177-7, which meant they collected nine points to Tattenhall’s 12.
Back to square one
OAKMERE find themselves further adrift at the bottom of Division Two after they failed to register a single point from their trip to promotion-pushing Sale on Saturday.
In-form Paul Guildford (54) made another half-century but none of his team-mates stayed at the crease anywhere near long enough as Oakmere, confident after beating fellow strugglers Mobberley seven days earlier, posted just 121.
That proved all too easy a total for Sale, who cruised to 123 without losing a wicket to bag a 20-0 points bounty.