CHOLMONDELEY got the better of an exciting draw with Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge on Saturday.
The Division Two outfit were asked to bat first and Luke Heritage and Ed Middleton made a telling contribution, putting together a partnership of 88 in 20, before Heritage was out for 50 in the 26th over.
Russell Walker and Middleton then put on 25 before the latter was out for 45, with the score on 127-3 off 33 overs. Walker scored 20 quick runs before he fell to another fine catch. Mark Jones (15 not out) and Rich Wardle (11no) saw the innings to a close at 169-5.
In reply, Chester pace twins John Williams and Duncan Lloyd put a stranglehold on Cheadle, conceding a miserly 35 runs for three wickets off 15 overs before Stuart and Harris came on to shore up the innings.
James Bettany and Steve Egan bowled well but with little luck and, at 75-3 off 30 overs, the visitors were too far behind the run rate to mount a serious challenge.
Walker (3-22) used spin to account for Harris, Egan and top scorer Stuart (37). But Cheadle survived and finished on 118-9. nCholmondeley seconds earned a draw with Old Parkonians to maintain their encouraging start to the season following last year's promotion.
Batting first, Peter Willis (70) and Simon Gardner (68) attacked the home bowling, helping the side to a strong total of 191-4 in their 45 overs.
Parkonians took up the run chase from the beginning and it was Richard Cooke (4-62) who applied the brakes to their scoring rate. Good bowling spells by Steve Young and Danny Morris subdued the scoring further with the home side falling just short of their target, reaching 174-6 at the close. nHolmes Chapel's stuttering start to their Division Two season continued as they found visitors Alvanley too hot to handle. Posting 122-9 declared after batting first, the Frodsham side eased to a seven-wicket win, finishing on 123-3. nIn the North Staffs and District League Senior A, a dismal batting display saw Weston slump to defeat at Sandyford.
A home win did not look on the cards when Jonty Minshull (4-33) and Paul Newnes ( 4-38) ran riot as Sandyford were all out for 108.
But the visitors' innings started slowly and got worse. Weston were skittled for 58 as A Hussain returned 4-14.