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Review: Cheshire Women's Cricket League

Here are the latest developments in the Cheshire Women's Cricket League.

Division One – September 5:


Stockport Trinity 94 (27.2; Carys White 41, Gillian Spragg 28, Gemma Rose 3-15, Daisy Cooke 2-7, Kate Coppack 2-10) (3pts)

Chester Boughton Hall 98-2 (14.1; Ali Cutler 32, Nicole Fisher 29*, Coppack 20) (25pts)

Chester Boughton Hall wasted no time in completing the victory that sealed their first League Championship since 2016. Kate Coppack swiftly removed the Trinity openers before Gemma Rose continued her prolific wicket taking season to keep Chester in charge. Coppack, Ali Cutler and Nicole Fisher then ensured their team raced to the target at seven runs per over to allow them to start the celebrations early. 


Didsbury 185-5 (40; Roshini Prince-Navaratnam 126*) (8pts)

Oakmere 186-5 (39.4; Shami Ahmed 68, Dawn Prestidge 57, Kerry Hartnett 25, Hannah Marshall 2-31) (25pts)

On the day they had to hand over the Championship crown, Didsbury played a full part in a thrilling run spree at Oakmere, where Roshini Prince-Navaratnam became the first player in the league this season to record a second century. However, a pair of half-centuries from Shami Ahmed and Dawn Prestidge led the way as the Oakmere run chase was successfully completed with two balls to spare.


Leigh 41 (22; Sophie Heaton 20, Olivia Horsfield 6-10, Annie Rashid 3-3) (1pt)

Appleton 42-1 (8; Georgia Heath 35*) (25pts)

Olivia Horsfield's spin bowling was a major factor in this convincing win - not only did her spell include a hat-trick but she also struck twice in two deliveries on another occasion. Some rapid scoring from Georgia Heath completed the win. To avoid finishing bottom, Leigh must now win at least one, and perhaps both, of their remaining matches, a difficult proposition when their matches will be against Didsbury and Chester.


Division Two – September 5:


Upton 29 (16.3; Grace Michel 3-2, Charlotte Kirk 3-7) (1pt)

Nantwich 30-1 (9; Michel 14*) (25pts)

Nantwich are now just nine points away from wrapping up the division two title after this emphatic victory over an Upton team who would have considered themselves to be in title contention prior to the start of play. It was perhaps a surprise to see the Wirral club make such a low total, but it was no surprise to see Nantwich's bowlers on top, given that the 95 registered by Stockport Georgians is the highest team score made against Nantwich this year. It was also no surprise to see Charlotte Kirk and Grace Michel amongst the wickets, capping a fantastic year for a club who have gone from strength to strength since their opening day loss to Upton.


Oxton 105-6 (35; Alexa Harrison 34, Molly Price 26, Holly Batey 4-14) (6pts)

Stockport Georgians 109-6 (17.1; Lucy Neill 52*, Liv Bell 27, Tess Bailey 22, Price 4-18) (25pts)

Liv Bell broke Oxton's opening stand of 46 and Holly Batey's four wickets ensured they didn't post a large total. Georgians got home by scoring at more than six per over, with Lucy Neill's 31-ball half-century leading the way, meaning Molly Price's late burst of wickets came too late.


Ashton-on-Mersey 159-6 (35; Amanda Gettins 75, Becky Baldock 56, Lauren Kenvyn 2-14, Amy Griffiths 2-14) (6pts)

Porthill Park 2nd XI 162-1 (25.2; Griffiths 97, Matilda Gater 38*) (25pts)

Ashton-on-Mersey were another team making a significant score in defeat. Amanda Gettins and Becky Baldock shared a century stand but were upstaged by Amy Griffiths who narrowly missed out on three figures with an innings of 97 from 82 deliveries.


Division Three West – September 5:


Wistaston Village 54 (23.1; Abi Mayers 2-1, Holly Mayers 2-9) (1pt)

Hawarden Park 56-2 (16.4; Llio Parry 13*, Fi Wynne 13*) (25pts)

Hawarden Park recorded a comfortable win here to confirm themselves as divisional champions


Division Three East – September 5:


Lindow 84 (17.1; Ellie Arkelaos 17, Rosie Bradshaw 3-18, Alicia Peacock 3-24) (25pts)

Hayfield 53 (26.2; Megan Lomas 17, Lily Beckley 3-0, Michelle Hesslegrave 2-6, Jess Lightowler 2-8, Arkelaos 2-14) (5pts)

Lindow completed their strong finish to the season to make sure of second place in this division. They first needed to recover from 34-7 batting first, but eventually won comfortably, with Lily Beckley's superb season with the ball continuing as she not only took three wickets, but also didn't concede a run from her five overs.


Division Four – August 31:


Hawk Green 74-1 (15; Rebecca Edmondson 21*) (25pts)

Lymm Oughtrington Park 55-3 (15; Sue Jones 14) (3pts)

Second place in this division remains up for grabs, and Hawk Green made their own bid for the runners-up spot with this victory.


September 5:


Lymm Oughtrington Park 72-7 (20; Lucy Gardiner 28, Eliza Chadwick 3-10, Lisa Critten 2-16) (7pts)

Heaton Mersey & Cheadle 73-6 (17.2; Amy Shaw 27, Caitlyn Hettiarachchi 3-25, Kate Williams 2-21) (25pts)

Heaton Mersey & Cheadle, however, look the best bet for second spot after this narrow win. Lucy Gardiner and Kate Williams added 54 to rescue Lymm from 18-6, but Amy Shaw guided her side home with 16 balls remaining.


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