MORE than 500 runs in less than 100 overs proved a good advert for the CD Bramall Trucks League ECB Premier Division at Whitehouse Lane on Saturday.
But that will provide little consolation to Nantwich after they were beaten by visitors Alderley Edge in a mid-table clash.
Steve Paulsen and Jeff Maynard both hit 57, and Nick James (51) as the Dabbers batted first on rejuvenated pitch.
But Alderley topped it with a response of 256-4. Former Lancashire batsman Mark Currie posting the day's only century with a classy 116, backed by 65 from Alan Day in an opening stand worth 146, and followed by a cameo 34 from David Leeming.
Better news for Nantwich was the call-up of Ollie Sadler to Cheshire's first team for a three-day Minor County Championship match against Wales at Swansea, which concluded as the Chronicle went to press last night.
The 19-year-old former Brine Leas student, who has also been picked for Lancashire U19 to play Gloucestershire, is the first Nantwich player to represent Cheshire in a Championship match for several years.
But he was not needed to help the club's U21s reach the Cheshire Plate final. The holders for the past two years posted 231ao at New Brighton, with Ray Doyle (54) and Nick James (60) doing most damage.
In reply, New Brighton were restricted to 196ao as Nantwich shared the wickets around. There were two each for Shaw, Ben Mogg and Chris Simpson, while Doyle, R West, James and N Stockton got one apiece.
In the CD Bramall Trucks League Division One, Alsager enjoyed a six-wicket success over Bollington, who batted first and posted 148-9dec, with James Warrington getting a stunning 7-53. In reply, Alsager made 151-3 with Ashwin Punja (76 not out) and G Goodwin (34).
In the Meller Braggins League Division One, Cholmondeley faltered again with a defeat to Oakmere. They batted first and managed just 157-7, with Luca Heritage (36), Will Hockenhull (41), Ben Briscoe (18) and Russ Walker (12).
In reply, paceman Neil Thompson (3-41) again struck early to reduce the visitors to 21-3, but visiting pair Chris Leech and Paul Guilford rode the storm to both finish unbeaten on 62 as Oakmere reached 158-3.
In Division Three, Holmes Chapel were undone by a determined Port Sunlight side. Chapel batted first and posted 170-7dec, and the visitors reached 171-8.
In the Crewe Midweek League, Town Edge Nomads proved too strong for Imperial, who batted first and posted 82-6. Nomads eased to 83-3, with Simon Brown (22).
A fine knock of 54 by Russ Tagg was not enough for Bourne, who could only reach 117ao in reply to DS&TE's 135-5 (Robert West 35, Andy Broadhurst 31 no).
In the Phoenix 15 Midweek League, Crewe wrapped up Zone B with a victory at Whit-more. Sibtain Haider provided the backbone of Whitmore's 121-3 with an unbeaten 63.
But Matt Dawson led the Crewe response as he hit 62no, with Richard Marsh (29no) and Tom Gower (25) as they reached 123-1.
Elworth finished third in Zone A after losing to Rode Park & Lawton, who were dismissed for 114 (Ross Kesteven 4-18). El-worth were routed for 56.