CHESTER Boughton Hall’s top order batsmen fired their side to a third successive Premier Division victory on Saturday.
In a rain-reduced contest at Grappenhall, the in-form visitors got home by eight wickets with 13 overs to spare, with Warren Goodwin (57no), Jordan Clark (50) and Ollie Law (40no) doing most of the damage in the second innings.
Grappenhall had been asked to bat first by Boughton Hall skipper Jim Gillson,
Alex Kegg took a fine 3-59 and Clark 2-51 as the hosts were restricted to 152-6, Luke McCoy striking an excellent 50 before becoming one of Clark’s victims.
The Chester reply saw Goodwin and co in fine form.
When opening partner Eddie Roberts fell for two at 34-1, Goodwin was joined by Clark, whose half-century included three huge sixes.
When he eventually fell, the in-form Law took over as he and Godwin saw things through.
Goodwin’s classic innings included nine fours while Law hit an unbeaten 40 off 26 balls as Chester finished on 154-2.
NESTON came good with a four-wickets win at OULTON PARK, who have made an unusually low-key start to the campaign. Jack Smith blazed his way back to form with some quality stroke play before being dismissed for 99 in a tally of 192-6 (Kieron Berrington 3-53).
Earlier, Rick Moore had made his first appearance of the season for Park, dominating a declared tally of 188-5 with a forceful knock of 96.
In Division One, CHRISTLETON played out a stalemate with Cheadle at Little Heath.
Iroshan de Silva’s unbeaten 67 helped Christleton declare on 170-6, (Chris Grindey 4-76).
Cheadle responded with 141-5, Grindey scoring 49 out of 141-5 in a match which finished in semi-darkness at 8.30pm after many rain stoppages.
In Division Two, TATTENHALL scraped home in a thrilling contest at Timperley, winning by one wicket in the last over.
Bowling first, Tattenhall reduced the opposition to 100-4 at drinks. But some sloppy fielding after a good spell by Tom Hyslop (3-41) let the hosts off the hook to post a challenging 164.
In reply, Tattenhall lost their two openers cheaply. But Hyslop (25), Graham Harper (27) and Sam Green (34) turned the game back in the visitors’ favour, before four wickets went down with the score on 118.
A 10th-wicket partnership between Rob Mulvihill (18no) and Roy Sandford (21no) saw Tattenhall home.