Chelford 93-9 (4pts) Castrol 169-7 (13pts): CASTROL had the better of a drawn match at newly-promoted Chelford but were unable to get the final crucial wicket to clinch victory.
Captain Mark Evans said: 'The lads did well with the bat in difficult conditions. In mid-summer that effort would have been worth at least another 30 runs. Chris Hutchinson once again proved his worth at four and Steve Aldcroft did a great job on his first-team debut with both bat and ball, and I can see him playing a big part in our season.'
Evans won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on what initially looked like a good wicket.
Castrol's openers struggled early on with some slow and uneven bounce, but after a couple of early scares, Evans (29) and Steve Flanagan (12) started to gain the ascendancy.
Munslow (1-37) had been taken off after only two overs, after some erratic bowling, but made an immediate impact on his return, bowling Flanagan all ends up.
Martin Flanagan (17) joined his skipper and the score moved along nicely.
Having majestically stroked successive balls to the boundary, Evans failed to make his ground back to the popping crease and Munslow threw down his stumps.
Hutchinson (42) and Flanagan added another 30 before the latter edged a Weston (3-55) delivery down the leg and was caught by the keeper.
Scoring runs became increasingly difficult with the bowlers now finding their length, the enthusiasm of the fielders and the indifferent bounce of the pitch.
Having been hit on the head by a fielder's throw, Green (16) never looked settled and was eventually bowled by Weston.
Garvey (6) was harshly adjudged lbw while Walters (3) and Hutchinson all fell in the space of two overs.
Debutant Aldcroft (9no) and Ball (1no) tried, but in vain, to reach 175 for full batting points and closed on 169.
Walters and Garvey opened the Castrol bowling and Aussie Sheills (12) and Dick-enson (8) had moved the score comfortably on to 22 before the former played one shot too many and just lobbed the ball to mid-on where Bob Newton completed the catch off Walters.
In his next over, Walters had Dickenson trapped in front and two balls later uprooted the Chelford skipper Weston's (0) middle stump.
Walters rearranged Hough's (3) stumps but the passage of play that followed consisted of 18 overs, 40 runs, three dropped catches and a wicket for Aldcroft (1-16), as the match became a little stale in the heat.
However, the reintroduction of Garvey (2-26) accounted for the stubborn Oliver (37), aided by a catch from Flanagan, while Kemp (3) slashed at an away swinger and was caught behind by A Walters.
Damian Walters bowled the penultimate over and he completed his second successive five-wicket haul by removing the middle stump of Phillips (0). Two balls later he had A Dickenson (0) trapped lbw to complete another MoM performance, but Castrol couldn't get the final wicket for victory.
It was now getting interesting again and the equation was simple - six balls to go and one wicket required for victory. Garvey bowled the final over and couldn't break the stubborn resistance of Smith (15no). Chelford finished on 93-9 from 42 overs.
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Saturday's game is at home to Radbroke Hall, players to meet at 12.15pm. Team: Mark Evans, Andy Walters, Damian Walters, Mike Garvey, Keith Garratt, Tony King, Darren Green, Chris Hutchinson, Steve Ald-croft, Steve Flanagan, Martin Flanagan.