KINGSLEY’S first victory of the Meller Braggins League season has arrived at the third attempt.
The Division Two side carved out a narrow home victory over table-toppers Romiley on Saturday.
With both teams having 39 overs to play with following early afternoon showers, Romiley made a sluggish start after being put in to bat.
But Romiley’s higher middle order pushed the score on well and they finished with 153-8.
After losing John Elliot, Ben Pearce (55) and Mark Butcher (36) batted superbly to push Kingsley to 105-2 from the first 20. The hosts were left needing three to win off the final over and Travis Martin edged a four to take Kingsley to 155-7.
BARROW batted out a deserved draw at home in Lindow in a game reduced to 41 overs per side.
Tom Allen welcomed the Lindow batsmen with a number of unplayable deliveries and quickly removed their opener.
Lindow recovered to 53-2 but were bamboozled by spin twins Nick Mumford (5-20) and Dave McClements (3-16) and ended up all out for 141 with four overs to spare.
In reply, Barrow seemed to be heading for victory until a middle-order collapse handed Lindow the initiative.
At this point the skill and experience of Julian Shaw (21no) was required as he steered Barrow home to a draw at 130-9.