JIM Gillson made an heroic attempt to take to the field and fire Chester Boughton Hall to their first win of the season after breaking his finger in the field at Oxton.
But after umpires stopped him, initially for being off the field too long before deciding that they had a duty of care to the Hall skipper, he was prevented from taking to the field for the final wicket and Hall lost by 24 runs.
“We don’t want to fall out with anyone but in our position you have to get as many points as possible,” said Gillson. “We are looking into an appeal.”
Gillson broke his finger and dislocated another as he dived in the slips during Oxton’s 183-8dec.
In reply Hall made 159-9, with Gillson returning from hospital to try to play.
“I was back in time to take the field and as I am over 18 there is no duty of care in the rules,” he said.
“If I’m stupid enough to want to go out and hurt myself that’s up to me.”
The skipper now faces a lay-off as Hall prepare for some tough games against Bowdon, Widnes, Oulton Park and Alderley Edge.
Meanwhile CHRISTLETON finally found confidence in batting first as they registered their second win of the season at second-placed Irby in Division One.
Irby opted to put them in to bat and it probably did Paul Allen’s side a favour, as it changed their usual approach.
Forced to set a score, they came alive and put on 197-9dec (Dave Bates 65, Jamie Creek 34, Ben Patterson 34, Iroshan de Silva 27).
Christleton then waded into their hosts after tea, getting them down to 90-9 with 10 overs remaining, skipper Paul Allen claiming 4-40, including a golden duck – off the first ball of the game – for opener Dan Thomas.
Sean Young then took 3-17 and de Silva 2-27.
But Irby’s final wicket pairing clung on for 53 balls looking for the draw.
But with the hosts on 111-9 and with just seven balls to go, Jamie Creek pocketed the final wicket, trapping Mike Newman Jr lbw for 15.
“It was an important result,” said Christleton’s Brian Wareing.
“The team is a good, strong, well balanced outfit that has not yet realised it’s potential.
“We have been wary of batting first, preferring to chase, but we have now seen that we have the strength to set a target and bowl a team out.
“If we had not won that game it would have been a tough season, but with those points, we stand a chance of realising our pre-season ambition to gain promotion.”