THERE will be a clash of the titans in the Cockspur Cup Group Five final at Wadham Road on Sunday June 26 when Liverpool Competition champions Bootle take on Cheshire County League counterparts Bowdon.
Bootle qualified with a 60-run home victory over Alder-ley Edge on Sunday, Graham Lloyd smiting 120 not out in a massive 246-4, Ian Cockbain chipping in with 70, while Simon Bolton took 2-35.
Bowdon beat Liverpool on run rate after their semi-final was abandoned in a downpour with Jon Gray scoring 103 not out and Ian Cross 51 as Bowdon reached 241-4. Liverpool were on 86-6 with 27 overs gone when the elements intervened. Lancs coach Gary Yates bowled a remarkable 4-5 off five overs.
The Group Six final will be between Northern League side Darwen and Widnes, also on June 26. Widnes beat Bramhall by eight wickets in a rain-reduced game at Beaconsfield Road.
New Brighton reached the second round of the Cheshire Cup with a thrilling last over win against Chester Boughton Hall at Rake Lane.
Chester opened with a century partnership between Eddie Roberts (85) and Warren Goodwin (64) and went on to an impressive 266-8. But New Brighton made it with one wicket and two balls to spare, thanks to John While's 67.
In the Cheshire County League First Division on Saturday, Bramhall won by four wickets at Macclesfield and now have an 18-point lead.
Cheadle won by six wickets against Birkenhead Park, who mustered only 130. Third are Urmston who demolished Cheadle Hulme for 107.
Didsbury recorded a 99-run home win against Upton, all out for 90 with no answer to Stuart Stoneman (6-26). Alsager remain on the rise thanks to their two Asian stars. Arshad Mohammed claimed 5-38 in Winnington Park's 164 (Aiden Baker 65), then Ashwin Punja made 85 as the Cheshireman squeezed home by two wickets.
Heaton Mersey had their first win since promotion, at bottom club Warrington, who were all out for 147, Liam Heaphy 85.
There are six teams with 100 points or more in Division Two. Burnage kept the lead, but were unable to win a high-scoring home match against Sale after amassing 281-9. Sale had reached 195-8 at stumps. Timperley demolished Irby by nine wickets chasing 155 (Mark Maddocks 5-38). The best batting came from Martyn Ward, 68 not out.
Brooklands broke their duck thanks to an inspired bowling spell from John Birchall with 7-49 to destroy Bredbury St Mark's for 147. Congleton beat Tattenhall by 119 runs after posting 214.
Mobberley dominated but failed to win at Grappenhall, posting 248-6. Grappenhall closed on 173-9, 16-year-old Chelsea football star Harry Worley hitting a bright 36.