Alvanley 135ao Davenham 258-2 dec

PROLIFIC run-getter Louis Bentley claimed his first senior century as Davenham powered into a promotion challenging position.

Aidan Baker and Bentley established a first-wicket partnership of 128 before Baker (72) was caught behind.

Paul Jackson and Bentley moved the score on to 189 before Jackson (22) was caught.

Several overs earlier Bentley reached his first century for Davenham and then, assisted by Mark Greaves (14n.o.), moved the score on to 258 before captain Phil Sharples declared in the 43rd over.

Of Bentley's unbeaten 141 Sharples said: 'Louis took batting to a new level, proving arguably he is currently the best in the league.'

Alvanley were reduced to 89-5 and the edge of defeat off the first 20 overs and they were pushed over the edge in the 41st over.

All five Davenham bowlers claimed wickets with the best figures coming from Andy Floyd (4-33) while Sharples took three catches.

A depleted Davenham were knocked out of the Cheshire U21s Cup at Warrington on Sunday. Warrington scored 246-5 Davenham 208-8 (Luke Cookson 105, Darren Simpson 49).

Marple 225-6dec Oakmere 202-8

OAKMERE lost the lead and find themselves under threat from neighbours Davenham.

Their bowling and fielding was not up to scratch and on another day Marple would not have been allowed to rack up a high score.

Pete Hutchinson (3-67) was the pick of the bowlers, Craig Phelan took 2-38 and Phil Nelson 1-34.

Oakmere raced to 68 off 10 overs, but they could not sustain the run rate. Good efforts came from Paul Hutchinson (46), Paul Yearsley (37), Paul Guilford (31n.o.) and Ian Eaton (22).

Oakmere 2nds hung on for a home draw.

Doug Pinnington took three chances on his debut and Eddie Gibson returned 4-34 as Marple closed on 191-9.

Oakmere started badly and barely improved. At 80-7 all thoughts were on survival, which they achieved with some obstinate batting, especially from Mike Cushion (51) and Jamil Kara (33n.o.), at 171-9