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CHESHIRE WOMEN’S LEAGUE NEWS

Axon leads Chester to opening victory

Chester Boughton Hall prevailed by 27 runs away to Trinity, in a match which featured nine players with County Championship experience and a total of 17 with representative experience. Both innings featured good opening stands before each side’s spinners enjoyed success. Kate Coppack (44) and Dawn Prestidge (29) added 53 for Chester’s first wicket, before Gillian Spragg (4-18) and Hannah Gradwell (2-27) got among the wickets. 25 not out from Sara Williams gave Chester a vital boost as they reached 151-7. Trinity bettered the earlier first wicket stand as Hannah Gradwell (43) and Sarah McCann added 64, before three quick wickets of top players pegged Trinity back. Lorna Thomas took a wicket on her way to a miserly spell of 1-12 and there were also two successes for Ellie Barnett. The Trinity innings never really picked up thereafter, with 5-30 from Annette Axon sealing the win.

Appleton start defence with success

Appleton began their defence of their inaugural Cheshire Women’s League title with a nine-wicket win over Oakmere, although they did wait until one over to go until sealing the win. As the League began its exciting new era with the Cheshire players featuring on league Sundays, 14 representative players were on show here, and two of these – Helen Smith (73) and Hayley Agnew (63) – starred in adding 121 for the second wicket. However, none of their Oakmere colleagues reached double figures in a total of 171-7, with the key bowlers being Anni Rashid (3-22) and Nathalie Long (2-16). Oakmere bagged the wicket of Emma Barlow in reply for 33, but Amy Page with 79 not out and Natalie Lyons, unbeaten on 40, completed the job.

Hyde go down to Romiley on first day in top flight

There was no fairytale start for promoted Hyde as they lost at home to Romiley & Dinting. Sarah Sutcliffe top scored with 55, supported by 35 not out from Sarah Friday and 26 from Anna Goatman as Romiley reached 166-8. Jo Smith (formerly Jo Hurlston) returned an excellent 3-9 in eight overs and there were two successes each for Debbie Grainger and Zoe Kitchen. Hyde managed only 69 in reply, in the face of 3-19 from Julia Howard and two cheap wickets each for Anne Monaghan and Masa Butler.

Newcomers Bolton in record breaking mood

Bolton Indians had a league debut to remember as they became the first side in league history to top 300. Vicky Dean smashed 141 – the second highest individual score in league history – in a score of 307-4 against Bredbury. Hilary Kettles contributed 74 and Sophie McArdle an unbeaten 42, while Georgie Morton shone with the ball amid the carnage, taking 2-23 in six overs with two maidens. McArdle led the way with the ball with four wickets for three runs as Bredbury were all out for 56.

Results Summary

Division One:

Chester Boughton Hall 151-7 (40 overs; Coppack 44, Prestidge 29, Williams 25*, Spragg 4-18, Gradwell 2-27)

Trinity 124 (38 overs; Gradwell 43, Axon 5-30, Barnett 2-15)

Chester Boughton Hall (25pts) beat Trinity (10) by 27 runs

Oakmere 171-7 (40 overs; Smith 73, Agnew 63, Rashid 3-22, Long 2-16)

Appleton 173-1 (39 overs; Page 79*, Lyons 40*, Barlow 33)

Appleton (25pts) beat Oakmere (8) by nine wickets

Romiley & Dinting 166-8 (40 overs; Sutcliffe 55, Friday 35*, Goatman 26, Smith 3-9, Kitchen 2-14, Grainger 2-15)

Hyde 69 (27 overs; Howard 3-19, Butler 2-8, Monaghan 2-9)

Romiley & Dinting (25pts) beat Hyde (6) by 97 runs

Division Two:

Bolton Indians 307-4 (40 overs; Dean 141, Kettles 74, McArdle 42*, Morton 2-23)

Bredbury St Mark’s 56 (28 overs; McArdle 4-3, Doshi 2-3)

CUP COMPETITIONS NEWS

T20 DIVISIONAL COMPETITION

Appleton make quick work of New Brighton

Appleton had already made a statement of intent with their win over the representative eleven the previous week, and Bank Holiday Monday saw another devastating example of their capabilities. New Brighton were the unfortunate victims, bundled out for 12 in the opening match of the Twenty20 Western Division. Jenny Clarke took three wickets for four runs in her first game for 12 months, with Holly McCurrie bagging three for five and Anni Rashid two for two. New Brighton did have the consolation of bagging a wicket in reply, as Appleton won by nine wickets, Amy Page finishing 10 not out in a total of 16-1.

Trinity up and running as Barker destroys Romiley top order

It was a winning start for Trinity in the first game following the team’s move from Poynton, as an impressive performance produced a 50 run win at Romiley. Hannah Gradwell, Sarah McCann and Gillian Spragg all retired undefeated in a total of 118-3. Romiley’s hopes disappeared when they were reduced to 13-5 following a triple wicket maiden from Ellie Barker in her spell of four wickets for four runs. 24 not out from Sarah Sutcliffe lifted Romiley to 68-8 in the closing overs.

Results Summary

Eastern Division:

Trinity Fire 118-3 (18 overs; Gradwell 28ret, McCann 28ret, Spragg 25ret)

Romiley & Dinting 68-8 (Sutcliffe 24*, Barker 4-4)

Trinity Fire won by 50 runs

Western Division:

New Brighton 12 (7.3 overs; Clarke 3-4, McCurrie 3-5, Rashid 2-2)

Appleton Tigers 16-1 (2.3 overs)

Appleton Tigers won by nine wickets

Neston w/o Hawarden Park

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Report by:

Martin Saxon, Press Officer, Cheshire Women’s Cricket 07733 147704

Notes to editors:

The Cheshire Women’s Cricket League provides recreational cricket for women and girls of all ages and abilities across Cheshire and beyond.

The League currently has 11 full senior members playing Sunday league cricket in two divisions, plus three other clubs playing alongside the 11 full members in two senior cup competitions. There are also 12 clubs offering junior girls cricket.

All but two of Cheshire Women’s CCC’s selection pool now play their regular club cricket in this league.

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