CHESTER County Officers took a break from the rigours of league cricket on Sunday to become Sandbach Twenty20 champions.

They beat Holmes Chapel in the semi-final, and then took on Haslington, who had beaten the hosts, in the final. Bowlers and fielders clamped down on Haslington from the word go, and dismissed them for 70.

CCO then romped to a seven-wicket victory in 14 overs, and wicketkeeper Paul Owen was named player of the day with innings of 49no and 20no. It was a great boost for the team, who looked the part in their South African-green kit.

Oakmere 2nds 125-9dec Ashton-on- Mersey 98ao: After winning the toss and batting, Oakmere 2nds slumped to 28-5 after 19 overs before recovering, thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 86 between youngsters Tom Clutterbuck (32) and Doug Pinnington (50).

The hosts kept alive their slim title hopes by claiming 25 points with two overs to spare, thanks to the bowling of captain Steve Percival who returned outstanding figures of 7-25.