FRODSHAM went down bravely hosting a strong Trafford Metrovics in their UKFast Cheshire Cricket League game.
The scorebook will record the game as a defeat – but Frodsham picked up 15 points from a game in which they were always in with a good chance and which was a fair reflection of the improved form the team has been showing since the poor start to the season.
Frodsham have now eased their way three places up the league table from the basement spot they occupied not so long ago.
Trafford elected to bat first and posted a challenging 208-5 in 40 overs. Frodsham bowled and fielded well with two run-outs and Roger London, Tom Wilkinson and Matt Deakin each taking a wicket.
Skipper Wilkinson was in form with the bat too, scoring 51. But top scorer was opener Matt Williamson with 73, including 11 fours.
Unfortunately, Frodsham could not match the visitors’ scoring rate and finished on 182-8.
Frodsham 2nd had to concede their match at Oxton.
Kingsley came off second best in a high-scoring match at Barnton.
The home side batted first and amassed 287-7 in 40 overs. Alistair Begg took 3-62, but generally it was hard graft for the bowlers.
Kingsley went for the runs but could not match Barnton’s scoring rate. But nobody could blame skipper Ben Stoddart who hammered an unbeaten 145 from 104 balls. He struck 17 fours and four sixes – and he got good support from Matthew Dunning, who hit 74 not out.
Even so, Kingsley’s final total of 239-4 was not enough.
Kingsley 2nd won by 10 wickets after bowling out Woodford for 83, with Michael Lawless, Chritoher Martin, Adrian Burden and Matthew Betteridge bagging two wickets each.
Stephen Forster, 38 not out and Edward Leneghan, 40 not out, hit off the runs for Kingsley.
Alvanley drew their home game with Mobberley.
The visitors elected to bat first and reached 183-7. Matty Drury took 2-43 and James Ecclestone 2-39 for Alvanley.
Openers Michael Rowlands, 51 and Stephen Charles, 50, started Alvanley’s reply with a century partnership. But after that the batting subsided, with only one other batsman reaching double figures. The last pair were hanging on grimly when the overs ran out.
Alvanley 2nd lost by four runs in an exciting finish at Mobberley.
The home side batted first and hit 149-7. Toby Honeysett, with 3-22, was the pick of the bowlers.
Jon Alberquerque top scored with 31 as Alvanley were bowled out for 145.