CHOLMONDELEY signalled they are returning to top form with a convincing win at Malpas on Saturday.
After a strong start, captain Guy Ford and his men fell off the pace in recent weeks. But their six-wicket win in the Meller Braggins League Division One showed they are back on track.
Malpas batted first, posting 125 all out against the increasingly impressive Cholmondeley bowling attack, spearheaded by Richard Cooke (3-28) and Neil Thompson (2-23) and backed by Daniel Morris and Andrew Latham who got two apiece.
In reply, Hayden Holloway (45) and Ford (60no) were impressive as they helped their side to 126-4.
In Division Three, WISTASTON have slipped to second from bottom after suffering another defeat.
Batting first, the Villagers were dismissed for just 84 after recovering from losing six for just 38 run. Top scorers Steve Barnes, Keith Thornhill and James Hogben all made 18.
Opponents Chelford replied with 87-5 (Hogben 2-31, Keith Thornhill 2-6).
* The North Staffs and District League has secured a long-term sponsorship agreement with Coors Brewers for the popular Phoenix 15 midweektwenty/20 competition.
The competition will now be known as the Coors Brewers Phoenix 15.
This season's competition is now at its halfway point. In Zone A, Elworth lost to Kidsgrove after batting first and scoring 102-6. Kidsgrove reached 105-1. Alsager entertained Sandyford and were dismissed for 75. Sandyford reached 76-3 with ease.
Zone B leaders Nantwich restricted visitors Woore to 87-6 (Chris Simpson 3-15). Rob Cook-Sievewright then hit a quickfire 41 not out as the Dabbers raced to 89-2.
Hassan Haleem hit an unbeaten 60 for Weston as they posted 136-4 at Crewe. Injury-hit Crewe struggled and were dismissed for 68.
Clubs interested in taking part in the 2008 competition can contact Roger Machin on 01782 865665 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.