NEWLY promoted Wistaston Village got off to the best possible start to the season with a resounding eight-wicket win over Knutsford in Division Three.
Batting first, Knutsford were skittled for just 34 runs, with James Hogben returning remarkable figures of 5-5 from 6.5 overs.
In reply, Wistaston lost two early wickets, but Paul Owen (12) and Gareth Barnes (20) saw them home comfortably without any further alarms.
Wistaston seconds hosted Knutsford at The Brittles and also recorded a convincing win by nine wickets. Batting first Knutsford were dismissed for 45 with Chris Trehair returning figures of 5-17 from 10 overs and Richard Barlow 4-4 from five overs.
Replying, Wistaston raced to 48 for 1 from just 9.5 overs, with John Scott (15) and Josh Allwood (25) knocking off the runs.
In Division One, CHOLMONDELEY bowled out Runcorn for 168 in 45 overs before scoring 171-4 in 40 overs.
Ed Middleton (69) and Will Hockenhull (59) put on a partnership of 130 in 34 overs before skipper Ford came in to score a heavily hit 20 not out.
Ian Maclean had topscored for Runcorn with 43 including four sixes and Stephen Ollerenshaw hit two maximums in his 34.
Andrew Latham bowled 14 overs, taking five wickets for 59 runs, Neil Thompson 14 overs, 2-37, Richie Cooke nine overs, 1-26, and Ed Middleton eight overs, 1-27.
The remaining wicket arose from a run out through a direct hit by Mark Jones. Duncan Lloyd, Hayden Holloway and youngster Jim Middleton were also outstanding in the field.
Jimmy O'Brien put in an outstanding display, conceding two byes and claiming a fast stumping.
The firsts are at home to Davenham on Saturday.
The seconds (74-1) beat Runcorn (73 ao) with Steven Young taking 7-33.