Cricket: Nantwich up and running with home win
NANTWICH made it third time lucky to secure their first win of the Cheshire County League Premier Division season.
The defending champions had opened up with defeat at Didsbury and a draw with Alderley Edge, but found their killer instinct at the weekend.
Marple were the victims at Whitehouse Lane as Andy Newton's side racked up 251-4 from 53 overs.
The Dabbers' run spree was led by Ray Doyle (60no), Sam Hunt (53), Jonny Kettle (51), Ollie Law (39) and 36 not out from Jimmy Warrington.
Marple could only muster 152 in reply, with Warrington the pick of the attack, taking 4-42.
CONGLETON continued their bright start in Division Two with a four-wicket win against Stockport.
Kevin Waterhouse was at the centre of their victory, taking 4-40 to dismiss Stockport for 138.
Sam Edwards top-scored for the home side with 30, before becoming the first of two run-out victims for Waterhouse.
Congleton's reply was also built around the experienced Waterhouse, as he made 43 to steer Congleton to victory.
That stretched their unbeaten run to three matches following a draw with Middlewich and win against Warrington.
SANDBACH earned a winning draw in their Cheshire Alliance Division One home game against Frodsham.
Sandbach posted 194-8, centred around Paul Hampshire's 71 and 36 from new signing Ross Kesteven.
Frodsham struggled to keep up with the run rate, but did deny Sandbach full points as they closed on 143-9.
Laurence Bowyer was the pick of the home side's attack, finishing with 3-19. He was well backed up by Richard Cotton (3-22).
Sandbach had plenty to celebrate on Sunday, however, after causing an upset in the first round of the Cheshire Cup.
Adam Copnall led a side featuring seven under-18s at home against Heaton Mersey, who play five levels above Sandbach in the Cheshire County League Division One.
Kesteven led the way with the bat, scoring 110 as Sandbach amassed 165 all out.
Heaton Mersey were always in the hunt, but lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 157.
James Ackerman captured 4-32, with Bowyer chipping in with 3-11.
Sandbach travel to Nantwich in the next round.