ELLESMERE Port captain Gareth Boys was delighted as his side nabbed a vital 17-run victory over Hartford in the Cheshire Alliance Division One basement battle.
Port may be propping up the table at present but have closed the gap to Hartford to one point and are now just 13 points from safety with two matches of the season to go.
Boys said: “This match saw the old Ellesmere Port come back!
“We needed the points so we batted first and played solid and consistent. James Gattrell had a great innings to get 49.
“We got some good partnerships going and although we panicked a bit, we saw the overs out to get 145-9.
“Then we finally had some luck as the rain came, which made it tougher for them.”
As Boys had promised last week, the Hartford batsmen were given a stern test by the Port bowlers. Farah Khan was in lethal form, taking 5-52.
Just when Port thought the win was in the bag, Hartford came on strong and got up to about 110.
“But then it was their turn to panic,” said Boys.
“Dwayne Bernard mopped up their last three wickets and they were all out for 128.”
The skipper added: “The team spirit was fantastic and our confidence is high now.
“It means the world to the team as it’s a long Saturday and it’s great to get that win.”
Boys’ men take on Old Parkonians away in their penultimate game of the season.