Division One – August 15:
Chester Boughton Hall 112 (35.3; Megan Cureton 38, Rosy Wilson 3-19, Hannah Marshall 2-14) (25pts)
Didsbury 85 (34.3; Mishel Jeena 19, Kate Coppack 3-7, Daisy Cooke 2-6) (7pts)
(Restricted to 36 overs per side)
• Chester Boughton Hall emerged triumphant in this top of the table clash and can now look forward to the prospect of sealing their first league title since 2016 in their next match on September 5. Megan Cureton's innings stood out on a day when many of the star names on both sides posted low scores. This is Didsbury's first defeat in any competition since losing to Chester on the first day of the season.
Leigh 140-6 (40; Ellie Davey 58, Sophie Heaton 23, Millie Welch 21, Emma Royle 4-22, Lauren O'Reilly 2-12) (8pts)
Stockport Trinity 141-8 (39.2; Kate Harvey 41, Ellie Mason 29, Carys White 24, Hannah Gallimore 2-26) (25pts)
• Stockport Trinity ended a difficult run by edging home in the final over here. This should ensure Trinity's place in division one for another year, while Leigh remain very much in the mix to avoid bottom spot. Emma Royle was again a key performer with the ball and was at the crease to see her side over the line.
Porthill Park 224-4 (40; Matilda Gater 82) (25pts)
Appleton 140 (6pts)
• Porthill finally recorded their first league win, and did so in some style, with Matilda Gater leading them to a big total.
Division Two – August 15:
Upton 246-4 (35; Madi Arthur 102, Amy Jones 53, Sophie Morris 50) (25pts)
Ashton-on-Mersey 67 (31; Amanda Gettins 21, Morris 2-5) (3pts)
• Madi Arthur's century led the way to the largest team total recorded in this division since matches were reduced to 35 overs per side.
Stockport Georgians 95 (29.1; Gaby McKeever 51, Charlotte Kirk 5-18, Beth Hughes 2-13) (5pts)
Nantwich 98-3 (28.3; Madi Hudson 56*, Hughes 22, Becky Scholes 2-19) (25pts)
• A vital win for Nantwich that ends Georgians' realistic title hopes - the contenders now appear to be Nantwich, Oxton and Upton. Charlotte Kirk's bowling spell, aided by some excellent catches, caused considerable damage in the Georgians top order in an innings dominated by Gaby McKeever's 51 from 44 deliveries. Madi Hudson then led the successful run chase after the brief alarm caused by the loss of two early wickets.
Oxton (25pts) w/o Porthill Park (minus 10pts)
Division Three West – August 15:
Hawarden Park (25pts) w/o Wistaston Village (minus 10pts)
Division Three East – August 9:
Lindow 131-4 (20; Claire Ashworth 43*, Michelle Hesslegrave 31) (25pts)
Didsbury 2nd XI 103 (18; Any Walkman 37*, Helen Johnson 30, Ashworth 4-8, Hesslegrave 2-9, Lily Beckley 2-26) (7pts)
• Lindow moved into second place in the table, at least temporarily, after compiling a large total here. Claire Ashworth and Michelle Hesslegrave continued their excellent matches with the ball in the second innings, after Helen Johnson had got the reply off to a flying start.
Woodley 121-9 (30; Abby Barlow 37, Abby Bingham 24*, Mollie Brown 3-36, Rosie Bradshaw 2-12, Olivia Downs-Haskell 2-30) (25pts)
Hayfield 87 (26.5; Downs-Haskell 28, Madison Kay-Breen 3-4, Fiona Reeve 2-11, Alex Wilson 2-12, Louise Hughes 2-14) (7pts)
• Woodley are the champions of Division 3 East after this win over Hayfield, who could themselves have remained in contention had they won this match by a large enough margin.
Development Knockout Semi-Final - August 11:
Hayfield beat Lindow on toss of coin - no play possible on July 28 and insufficient play for a result on second attempt on August 11
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE CRICKET
MCC 184-8 (40; Helena Stolle 63, Jenny Dunn 56, Georgina Macey 27, Tilly Buss 2-30)
Cheshire Women's League XI 143-7 (40; Katie Bennett 34, Rosie Davis 22, Dunn 2-11, A Aji 2-22)
In what remains one of the most enjoyable days of the season, the MCC were back in Cheshire once again, and returned to winning ways after the CWCL triumphed in the 2018 and 2019 matches.
This was the first occasion on which the match was played in coloured clothing, with the League team players all wearing the T20 colours of their respective clubs, meaning it was extremely clear which club each individual was representing.
Tilly Buss was one of those to stand out in the first innings, taking two wickets, bowling 34 dot balls in total and ensuring only eight were scored from the final overs, which occurred when she returned to bowl at the death alongside Eleanor Brennan. 13-year-old Trinity player Brennan contributed a promising spell on becoming the second youngest player to represent the League in this fixture.
This frugality in the final overs was achieved despite Helena Stolle remaining at the crease to the end to complete her unbeaten innings of 63, having earlier added 81 in partnership with fellow half-centurion Jenny Dunn.
Ali Cutler also contributed an economical spell and there were three fielding dismissals and a wicket for Georgia Munro, indeed the League XI fielders managed to catch everything that came their way during the 40 over innings.
Roshini Prince-Navaratnam got the reply off to a great start with four superbly struck boundaries inside the first four overs. However, any hopes of a big innings soon disappeared with the Didsbury opener's contribution ending after a breezy 17 from 12 deliveries.
The CWCL soon found themselves struggling at 43-4, with Prince-Navaratnam, Cutler and Ellie Mason all back in the hutch despite boasting more than 1,300 Division 1 runs between them so far this year.
A stand of 36 between Mishel Jeena and Katie Bennett was followed by another healthy partnership of 35 when Bennett was joined by Rosie Davis, but after the difficult start, the CWCL were always up against it. A number of the MCC bowlers continued to make life difficult, including Dunn, with 2-11 from five overs, and Katie Haszeldine, with 1-14 in eight. There was also time for a wicket in the penultimate over for Judy Wilmot who, having played for the MCC against the CWCL many times over the years, was today making her 200th appearance for MCC.
The League once again thanks the MCC players, many of whom travel significant distances for this fixture. Thanks also go to hosts Nantwich CC and umpires Derek Barnett and Graham Church.
Just three days later, inter-club rivalries resumed - ten of this matchday squad came from Chester or Didsbury, and the teams met in the Division 1 title crunch match last Sunday.
(Only 11 to bat)
Ali Cutler (capt, Chester BH), Katie Bennett (starting wk, Chester BH), Mishel Jeena (second wk, Didsbury), Roshini Prince-Navaratnam, Rosie Davis (both Didsbury), Georgia Munro, Nicole Fisher, Tilly Buss, Gemma Rose (all Chester BH), Ellie Mason, Eleanor Brennan (both Stockport Trinity), Gaby Crabb (Leigh)
Additional fielder: Zoe Conway (Didsbury)
Scorers: Nicola Deane (Hawarden Park), Alex Calver (Didsbury)