PAUL Betteridge was the star of the show as Ellesmere Port returning to winning ways in Cheshire Alliance Division One on Saturday.
Betteridge helped himself to six wickets and then dug in with the bat as Port recorded a two-wicket triumph at home to Appleton.
The win moved the Whitby Sports & Social Club outfit into the top six at the halfway stage of the season and acted as perfect preparation for this Saturday’s derby clash at home to struggling Frodsham.
Appleton won the boss and chose to bat.
But their decision appeared to have backfired when Fahad Khan (2-39) snaffled both of their openers.
Lee Stoll (46) and Tom Lomas (34) put the Warrington side back on track, though, before both fell to Betteridge (6-37).
Gareth Boys (2-42) also played his part as Appleton were bowled out for a challenging 151.
The home team’s reply could not have got off to a worse start.
Of their first six batsmen to the crease, only James Gatrell (11) made a double-figure score.
Betteridge (6no), however, played the anchorman role to perfection as Chris Gatrell (49) and Dwayne Bernard (36) fired Port to 152-8 inside 33 overs.
Ellesmere Port Old Boys (Steve Aldrcoft 2-14, Andy Waterhouse 51, Mike Caulfield 33no) were seven-wicket winners at home to Mold in the Chester & District Midweek League.