DEFENDING champions Chester Boughton Hall extended their lead at the top of the Tytherington Club Cheshire Women’s League by winning Sunday’s big clash at Poynton.
They were made to fight for every run against a Poynton side determined not to see a repeat of the clubs’ previous meeting which saw Chester cruise to an easy victory.
Boughton Hall skipper Ali Cutler won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.
Chester’s bowlers restricted Poynton to 92-7, teenager Lorna Thomas (2-21) and Annette Axon (2-11) leading the way while Victoria Latham also claimed two wickets and Suzi Walker one.
In Chester’s reply, the ever-improving Latham remained unbeaten on 32 as she guided her side to 93-7 in the 34th over.
Hall remain undefeated in the Twenty20 Cup (Western Division), topping the table as the group matches are completed. Monday's victory, away at Oakmere, secured a home tie in the semi-final against the Eastern Division’s runners-up, Trafford.
Chester’s next fixture is at home to Brooklands on Sunday (1.30pm) in the Tytherington Club Cheshire Women’s League. The team’s fitness will be tested as they face Oakmere again the following day in the Knockout semi-final (6.30pm).
Tattenhall 2nds arrived at a sodden Bowdon 2nds ground with play looking unlikely.
After some work to press the pitch dry both captains agreed to begin at 3pm, leaving time for just 80 overs.
Tattenhall skipper Ray Hunt won the toss and asked the hosts to bat and they hit the ground running, 23 runs coming from the first three overs.
Hunt turned to Mulvihill to try to change the momentum, and it worked to an extent as his 3-38 managed to slow down Bowdon. The declaration came after 38 overs with 174-3 on the board.
The run chase began badly, Rouse and Sadler trying to force the new ball through the leg-side and losing their stumps as a result.
At 5-2 a rebuild was necessary. Harper (19) and Mulvihill provided resistance but Harper’s departure with the score on 51 ushered in a batting collapse.
Bowdon’s young seamer Thomas picked up 7-16, all bowled, and Mulvihill’s vigil ended on 31 with the score on 66-8.
BOUGHTON HALL 2nds’ match at Urmston was rained off while their 3rds lost to Brooklands at home.
The visitors batted first and they put on 281-4 before declaring.
With Jamie Ducker elevated to the 2nd XI, John Thistlewood took over at the helm and immediately lost the toss.
The pick of Hall’s bowlers were returning players Grant Goodwin and Simon Lodge, the former being very unlucky to pick up only one wicket. Lodge returned 2-41 and Mike Henderson 1-35.
After tea, Chester struggled to build on a solid 41 from Ian Thistlewood and a fluent 59 from Marcus Lyons.
Hall came close in the end but 259ao fell short.
Boughton Hall 4ths lost away to Cheadle Hulme.
ALVANLEY 2nds drew with BARROW 2nds. Having set Barrow 186-7 (Ajith Hettiarachchi 68, Mark Leadbetter 37no) Alvanley could not bowl them out, as they closed on 165-7 (Leadbetter 2-13, Hettiarachchi 2-36, Billy Pearson 2-40).
OAKMERE 2nds were in a winning position but ended up frustrated as Old Parkonians ground out a draw.
The Mid Cheshire side scored 179-8 (Pete Jones 39, Dan Wood 28, Parv Panesar 41) but Parkonians replied with 140-7 (Ed Gibson 3-28, Steve Percival 3-26).
MALPAS 2nds lost by 90 runs to Lindow, who declared on 203-3 after 38 overs. Malpas could only muster 113 in reply (Elliot Hill 23, Seb Neal 21no).