Division One - July 22:
Oakmere 238-2 (40; Kerry Hartnett 135*, Carol Ingham 60, Hailey Coutts 30*) (25pts)
Wistaston Village 61 (27.4; Morganne Prince 32, Hartnett 5-0) (2pts)
This quite simply speaks for itself – Kerry Hartnett’s unbeaten century, followed by five wickets for no runs when she was thrown the ball, must represent the finest individual performance in league history. The win takes Oakmere to the top, albeit having played a game more, and confirms Wistaston will finish bottom of division one, and based on the current league format will return to division two next year.
Chester Boughton Hall 211-3 (40; Hannah Snape 102*, Lauren O’Reilly 38, Lorna Starkey 26*) (25pts)
Didsbury 201 (40; Roshini Prince-Navaratnam 77, Hannah Jones 46, Zara Matthews 40, Starkey 3-29, Annette Axon 2-30, Ali Cutler 2-46) (7pts)
For the second week running, a team lost after posting 200 in the second innings. Didsbury were bowled out 11 short of their target off the final ball, after Hannah Snape, one of the county’s most promising young players, had made her maiden century in the first innings. Both these sides now have three league defeats, and no team in recent years has won the league in those circumstances, so is the title race now between Appleton and Oakmere?
Division Two - July 22:
Stockport Georgians 131-9 (40; Natalie Bell 50*, Abbie Wright 3-15, Ella Smith 2-18) (25pts)
Leigh 105 (31; Kasey Bentham 17, Liv Bell 3-14, Cleo Johnson 3-14, Zoe Jones 3-20) (8pts)
Georgians got back to winning ways, with Natalie Bell’s innings the difference between the two sides, being the only player in the match to score more than 20. Leigh got closer than had looked likely at 24-5.
Oxton 121 (33.4; Ally Byrne 48, Amanda Gettins 4-11, Claire Anderton 3-34) (6pts)
Ashton-on-Mersey 125-6 (26.4; Anderton 34, Mary Priestner 30, Kate Renshaw 3-14) (25pts)
Four teams could still feasibly finish second in division two – Stockport Trinity appear to be away over the horizon in top spot. This win however cemented Ashton-on-Mersey’s advantage in that race.
Division Three Cross-Divisional - July 22:
Upton 184-2 (30; Lily Scudder 69, Cath Williams 51) (25pts)
Marple 106 (25.2) (5pts)
Half-centuries for the prolific Lily Scudder and Cath Williams ensured Upton stay 35 points ahead – there are four league matches to go for the top two in the Western Division.
Nantwich 139-5 (30; Grace Michell 47, Caroline McLeod 23, Maddie Hudson 21, Sylvia Christelow 3-20) (25pts)
Appleton 132-2 (30; Abbey Gore 51*, Laurie Sheridan 49*) (8pts)
Nantwich won a high scoring contest by a narrow margin to keep some pressure on Upton in the Western Division title race.
T20 Eastern Division - July 19:
Ashton-on-Mersey 77-8 (20; Charlotte Williams 25ret, Emma Royle 3-1)
Stockport Trinity Fire 81-4 (16.1; Kate Holt 25ret, Royle 21)
Trinity’s latest win all but mathematically secured their top spot in this division, and their place in the final at Ashley CC on August 19. While Didsbury would draw level on 15 points by winning the last game at Trinity, a freakish win would be needed to overturn Trinity’s net run rate advantage, with their score standing at 2.76 in this respect, compared to Didsbury’s minus 0.91.