NETBALL: Cheshire Under 16s saw off Northants 59-40 in a top-of the table clash at Winsford's Woodford Lodge.
The win was enough to keep Cheshire top the English Counties League and, if they win their next two games, they will be champions.
In a highly entertaining match, both teams started strongly and shooters Courtney Perks (Winsford) and Lauren Henin (Little Sutton) moved the circle well.
Cheshire led 15-12 at the first break and claimed a 22-20 half-time advantage.
In the third quarter, Cheshire's superior fitness began to tell with Charlotte Burgess (Ellesmere Port Catholic High School) providing excellent feeds to Perks, who shot 16 out of 18 to leave the score at 41-30 in Cheshire's favour.
Perks maintained her rhythm in the final quarter, finishing with impressive overall stats of 45 out of 55 as Cheshire claimed victory.
Cheshire's next game is against Wiltshire on Saturday, February 25, at Woodford Lodge High, Winsford. nCheshire's U16s B team defeated Northants 38-18 thanks to outstanding performances from Rosie Steward (Helsby), Felicity Elder (Withington), Katie Hamilton (Fallibroome) and Laura Walker (Tarporley).
Their U14s 'A' team defeated their Northants counterparts 46-21.