Here are the latest developments from the Cheshire Women's Cricket League.
Division One – May 23:
Stockport Trinity v Oakmere – Cancelled due to unfit ground, 8 points each
Chester Boughton Hall 116-7 (40; Ali Cutler 55, Georgia Heath 2-10, Abbey Gore 2-22) (25 points)
Appleton 45-6 (20; Annie Rashid 16, Tilly Buss 2-3) (6pts)
(Chester win on faster scoring rate)
- The weather did its best to spoil another matchday, but only one match in the top divisions was a no result. Here Appleton went down to defeat, joining the list of division one sides who won one and lost one of their first two matches this year. Chester meanwhile recorded a second win from three here, with Ali Cutler once again to the fore. Tilly Buss then played her part, conceding three runs in a five over spell. Oakmere, who have suffered two washouts after their opening win, are now the only unbeaten side in the top-flight, and a genuinely competitive title race could be on the cards.
Division Two – May 23:
Porthill Park 2nd XI 95-9 (30; Amy Griffiths 42*, Liv Bell 3-8, Emily Thomas 2-18) (4 points)
Stockport Georgians 96-0 (14; Gaby McKeever 46*, Thomas 40*) (25 points)
(Restricted to 30 overs per side)
- Stockport Georgians continued their good start to the season with this comprehensive win. The run chase was completed in double quick time, but there was something of a race against time feel about it with the clouds rolling in. However, Gaby McKeever and Emily Thomas continued their excellent form with the bat, after Liv Bell had once again taken a number of cheap opposition wickets.
Upton 91 (31.4; Sophie Morris 37, Philippa Dagger 25, Hattie Nickson 3-20) (25 points)
Oxton 50-6 (29; Molly Price 16*, Charlie Scudder 3-7, Dagger 2-7 (6 points)
(Upton win on faster scoring rate)
- Upton also made it two wins from two by triumphing in the North Wirral derby. Oxton were always facing an uphill battle after Philippa Dagger and Charlie Scudder had reduced them to 20-5.
Division Three East – May 19:
Didsbury 2nd XI 111-3 (20; Rosie Davis 35, Marianne Lea 27*) (25 points)
Langley 47 (17.1; Chloe Hawes 3-0, Lucy Smith 2-3, Amy Walkman 2-4) (3 points)
- A great performance by some of Didsbury’s bowlers set the seal on this convincing victory.
Langley 71-9 (30; Ella Hirst 20, Gemma Stewart 3-12, Georgie Morton 3-17, Madison Kay-Breen 2-12) (1 point)
Woodley 72-0 (12; Alex Wilson 39*, Abby Barlow 21*) (25 points)
- Another team continuing their good start to the season with a ten-wicket win today was Woodley, with the victory foundations laid by a good all-round bowling effort, before Alex Wilson and Abby Barlow completed the chase without alarm.
Lindow 54 (15.5; Michelle Hesslegrave 22, Zara Kelly 4-1, Alicia Peacock 2-3, Lily Dalkin-Strube 2-12) (1 point)
Hayfield 57-1 (15; Dalkin-Strube 30*)
- Zara Kelly’s outstanding bowling spell set Hayfield on the way to a second convincing win.
Division Four – May 18:
Lindow 2nd XI 47-5 (16; Kate Williams 2-17) (25 points)
Lymm Oughtrington Park 45-5 (16; Angela Evans 11) (5 points)
(Lindow performance information not available at present)
- Sometimes it’s the lowest scoring matches that deliver the most exciting finishes, and here Lindow’s seconds recorded their first ever win by the narrowest of margins.
Heaton Mersey & Cheadle 102-4 (20; Amy Shaw 40*, Julia Tymoshenko 33) (25 points)
Hawk Green 67-8 (20; Richmal Giles 11, Lisa Critten 2-11, Kate Chapman 2-18) (5 points)
- Amy Shaw and Julia Tymoshenko added 70 for the fourth wicket to see their side to a solid total, and this proved enough to get Heaton Mersey & Cheadle over the line for their first ever win.
T20 DIVISIONAL COMPETITION
Western Division – May 17:
Oakmere Kats 114-2 (20; Kerry Hartnett 31ret, Natalie Lyons 24*)
Chester Boughton Hall Deemons 97-8 (20; Ali Cutler 30ret, Hartnett 2-10)
- An excellent performance by Oakmere to score at almost six per over against their long-standing rivals. Kerry Hartnett was also in form with the ball to ensure Chester fell short, despite Ali Cutler’s 30 from 26 deliveries.
Nantwich Vipers 72-7 (20; Madi Hudson 25, Olivia Horsfield 3-10)
Appleton Tigers 74-6 (15.5; Georgia Heath 32*, Emma Barlow 20)
- Winners of the Western Division in 2018 and 2019, Appleton began what they hope will be another successful campaign in this competition, although Nantwich certainly made them fight for the points here.
Round Two – May 23:
Nantwich Vipers 81-9 (20; Grace Michel 16, Hannah Jones 2-12, Zara Matthews 2-12)
Didsbury Swordettes 18-4 (7; Kelsey Barker 2-4)
- After reaching the regional final in each of the last two years, Didsbury exited the competition here to fellow CWCL side Nantwich. Didsbury were 14 runs short of where they needed to be on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern when the rain intervened, with Didsbury’s bowlers having removed some of their star names cheaply.