A DIFFICULT wicket for batting proved to be Chester Boughton Hall’s undoing on Saturday as they tumbled to an opening-day defeat.
They were beaten at Urmston in a low-scoring, rain-affected County League Premier Division clash.
The match belatedly got under way at 2pm and was reduced to 84 overs due to heavy overnight rain and some light drizzle in the morning.
Hall, last year’s runners-up, were put in to bat first and were bundled out for 98, opener Mark Robinson (25) their top scorer in a batting line-up minus the injured Warren Goodwin.
Olly Thompson and Lee Dixon departed early to leave Hall 16-2.
Mark Rowlands (24) quickly set about rebuilding the Chester innings and got the score up to 58, before a collapse saw the visitors bowled out.
Chester returned to the field after tea knowing only a sublime display with the ball would result in victory.
Alex Kegg (3-38) removed the dangerous Chris Watson with only the fifth ball of the game, but a second-wicket partnership of 64 proved too much for them to come back from. Urmston won with 101-4.
League matches involving Neston, Oulton Park and Christleton all fell victim to Saturday’s wet weather.
Cheshire’s group Knockout Trophy game at Northumberland, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled as the pitch was under water.
Fortunately, the decision was made the day before so the Cheshire players did not have to make a wasted journey.
Cheshire’s next match in the competition is against Cumberland, at Christleton CC, a week on Sunday.