SKIPPER Gareth Boys took a risk by batting first on a wet strip on Saturday – but it paid off as Ellesmere Port stormed to victory at home to Glazebury.
Despite losing Nick Brimble early, Port batted well in their Cheshire Alliance Division Two encounter.
Stuart Davies shone with 63, Boys also reached the half-century mark, finishing on 51, Dom Green made 26 and Cameron Mukhtar, usually a star with the ball, contributed 30 as Port ended on 227-7.
Pitching Mukhtar and Khan as a pacey opening pair, Boys fancied his side to get a result at Whitby Sports and Social Club.
They didn’t disappoint, as Glazebury sat 0-1 after the first four overs and 10-3 after 10.
Mukhtar finished with 4-15, bowling eight maidens in 14 overs.
Paul Betteridge also caused significant damage, taking 4-21 as Glazebury were dismissed for 87.
“It was a great performance,” said Boys. “It boosts us up the league and I am really pleased, particularly as I took a gamble.
“We prefer batting first but it left us with first knock on a wet and unpredictable wicket. But we were strong with the bat – I even got a few myself – and Stu did brilliantly.”
Boys reserved praise for the tight bowling of Mukhtar. He said: “Mukhtar, having got a decent score, put in a great shift with the ball. Paul Betteridge also made a massive contribution.
“This is the kind of performance we want to give and we are gathering some momentum now so it will be interesting to see where we end up in the league.”
Port are away to Styal on Saturday.
In Division Three, Ellesmere Port 2nds won by eight wickets at Glazebury 2nds.
The hosts were dismissed for 86 (K Gatrell 3-34). After tea, Port scored 87-2 (N Percival 43).
At Sandbach, the game with Capenhurst was drawn. Sandbach 2nds scored 210 (M Edge 8-59) and Cape responded with 126-9 (K Narine 57).