TATTENHALL suffered their second heavy defeat at the hands of a strong Cheadle side in Division Two of the Cheshire County League.
The result was a bitter disappointment, not only due to the manner of the defeat – which saw Tattenhall post just 94ao before Cheadle reached 98-1 – but also because Tatts had recently showed more promise.
A quiet start saw Oliver Thompson (34) and John Gibbon (30) ease into their task of seeing off the new ball.
At 64-0, Tatts seemed to be flying but after Adam Wadsworth (5-48) got the breakthrough, the collapse was spectacular.
Trying to defend 94 Rob Mulvihill took a vital early wicket removing Greg Dickson for a first-ball duck.
But Nick Reid (35no) played a solid second fiddle to the very positive Dan Brown (63no) as the latter pushed Cheadle comfortably over the line.
MALPAS registered their highest score of the season, but still went down by six wickets at promotion-chasing Poynton.
Asked to bat, the ever-reliable Rob Ward scored 56 off 120 balls and put on a 80-run second wicket stand with Allen Stubbs, who supplied 57.
Australian overseas player Paddy Mackrell landed in the country with 55, giving Malpas a solid 212 on a green top.
But Poynton skipper Paul Gould scored 87 off 78 balls and with Damien Strigger scoring 44, Poynton came home four wickets down.
ALVANLEY ended a barren run on Saturday with a terrific seven-wicket win at home to Congleton.
Bowling first, Lee Ainsworth (5-35) and Chris Charles were able to extract good bounce and veteran Andy Hayhurst (3-20) took care of the middle order as Congleton were bowled out for 134.
Alvanley’s reply was delayed by rain, but when it did start, Andy Bennion (31) presented a determined resistance to some excellent new ball bowling.
Will Speakman kicked on with 59no and put the team on his back to secure victory.
There was a scare when Glenn Pickersgill caught a ball in his helmet grill, cutting his head and forcing his retirement.
But following X-ray and CT scans, Pickersgill was given the all clear and Alvanley finished on 138-3.
Malpas will host two England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) representative games next week. The first is on Monday (11am) against North Staffs/Cheshire Cricket Conference.
The second is on Tuesday against a Malpas Select XI (1.30pm). All spectators are welcome.