A STRONG all-round performance by the Murray Smith Cheshire County League enabled them to reverse recent results and beat the Littlewoods Gaming Liverpool Competition by 74 runs at Grappenhall on Sunday and reach the semi-finals of the League Conference President's Trophy.
Cheshire did well to total 234-7 on a damp pitch, Dave Fitzsimmons (Hyde) scoring 58, Paul Sperring (Cheadle) 45no, James Duffy (Hyde) 35 and Andy Hall (Bramhall) 32, while Competition skip-per Phil Luxon (Wallasey) claimed 3-48.
Liverpool reached 70-2 at half-way, but when Craig Prince (Wallasey) was stumped for 35, the remainder of the innings declined and the last wicket fell at 155. Neston paceman Chris Finegan claimed 3-33, while Sperring had 2-33. Cheshire will now be at home against the Northants Premier League on Sunday, August 14 .
Warrington won their first game since August 21 last season when they pulled off the Cheshire County League First Division's surprise result of the season by four wickets at leaders Bramhall.
Steve Quick was their star man with 118no in a reply of 195-6 after Bramhall had confidently declared on 192-5, Mike Bolger 54, Paul Agar taking all five wickets for 85 runs.
Bramhall picked up 13 points and stretched their lead on a wet day when none of their rivals were able to win.
Birkenhead Park and Urmston had to settle for seven points each when their game was abandoned after 26 overs with Park on 76-2, while Didsbury suffered a second successive defeat by five wickets at Macclesfield, bowled out for 139.
Cheadle came off seconed best in a home draw with Alsager who posted 223-7. Cheadle replied with 197-9.
Winnington Park rose out of the relegation zone when they ended a six-match losing run with a seven-wicket success at Heaton Mersey.
Mobberley are staking a claim for promotion from Division Two. Their fifth win was recorded at the expense of Sale by a four-wickets margin.