TATTENHALL suffered a heavy league loss on Saturday but bounced straight back the following day, beating Alvanley in the National Village Cup.

Tatts had no answer to Congleton in Division Two of the Vivio County League, losing by 122 runs at the Flacca.

The visitors posted 226-9 (Alan Brock 3-29) and Tatts mustered only 104 in reply (Robin Mulvihill 33).

Alvanley were in league action on the same day, losing at Poynton.

Danny Williams was the star man for the home side. He took 3-43 in Alvanley’s 151-8 (Andy Bennion 71no), then led the home reply with 54 out of 154-5.

Both Tatts and Alvanley made changes for Sunday’s Cheshire & Clwyd area semi-final in the National Village Cup, played at the Flacca.

The hosts made first use of the true pitch but limped to the drinks break, despite Tom Hyslop (25) giving them a punchy start.

After drinks, Olly Thompson and Sam Green (29) set about posting a target with more positive cricket, running harder and playing more enterprising strokes before the latter was out leg-before.

Thompson continued to construct an innings of substance and style before falling for a superb 77, and shortly after Tatts ended their 40 overs on 207-9 (Chris Charles 4-48).

In reply, Alvanley were faced with the mean opening bowlers Alan Brock and Mel Dobson, who kept the runs low and sent the rate up.

Ian Charles (24) and Simon Gee (26) cashed in on a few uncharacteristically loose deliveries from the miserly pair, before Chris Charles (25) and David Shewring (34) carried on the good work. But the tide turned in the space of a few balls as Shewring’s departure sparked a collapse. Alvanley were eventually out for 176 in 34.3 overs, Mulvihill finishing with 5-31.