IT was a superb weekend for Chester Boughton Hall as yet another Warren Goodwin ton was followed by a tournament victory on Sunday.
Goodwin’s red-hot streak continued as he fired 112no in Chester’s home win over Toft in the league on Saturday. Staggeringly, it was the 23-year-old’s fifth century in 15 days.
Goodwin then lined up in Hall’s team on Sunday as they won the Red Insure Twenty20 Fred Graham Trophy at Filkins Lane.
The hosts opened up by beating Oulton Park in the semi-final, posting 174 (Eddie Roberts 48, Ollie Law 43no). Park were then reduced to 127-9, Goodwin taking 4-16 and Law 3-20.
The win set up a final showdown with Didsbury, who had beaten Alderley Edge in their last-four encounter.
Law (45) and Trevor Fabien (24) blasted Chester to 141 before fine bowling from Ajit Ranjan, Jack Williams and Mike Robinson (3-22) saw Didsbury close on 122-9 – sparking scenes of celebration as Hall were crowned league twenty20 champions.
Chester chairman Jim Law said: “It was a proud day for the club. It was hugely pleasing to see such a major contribution from our youngsters, who really stood up to be counted.
“In addition, it’s a great reward for our captain Jim Gillson for the hard work he’s put in.”
The win puts Boughton Hall through to the Cockspur Cup Twenty20 finals day, to be held at Wood Lane Cricket Club in North Staffordshire on Sunday, August 22. They face North Wales League side Mochdre in the semis and, if they get through, will take on the winner of the Wood Lane v Moseley tie in the final.
The trophy win capped an excellent 48 hours for Hall, who were too good for Toft in Saturday’s Premier Division match. For the third week running, Goodwin and Ogilby (88) shared a three-figure partnership, adding 212 for the first wicket.
Hall finished on 234-3dec and had Toft all out for 124 (Ranjan 4-43).
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, NESTON lost their grip on top spot after being held to a draw by Bowdon’s tail-enders.
Neston skipper Jack Smith top-scored with 85 as the Parkgate hosts made 175-9dec. But Bowdon were saved by a rearguard action from 16-year-old Joe Cooper, whose innings of 42 helped them close on 166-9.
OULTON PARK lost their vital clash at Hyde, who are now unbeaten in 13 matches and sit on top of the table.
Hyde posted 195, Nathan Dumelow snaffling 4-13. Despite another fine contribution by former Derbyshire all-rounder Dumelow with 45, Park were bowled out for 165.