Division One / Two Cross Divisional – May 6:
Oakmere* 62 (25.2; Helen Smith 14, Hannah Wicks 4-15, Georgia Bath 2-14, Katy Hart 2-18) (3pts)
Stockport Trinity+ 63-4 (28.1; Jennie Kitzinger 29*, Sophie Connor 2-14) (25pts)
Oakmere’s spectacular start to the season was checked by a Stockport Trinity side who recorded a six-wicket win. Hannah Wicks and Katy Hart were again in the wickets for the Stockport club, backed up by some good fielding, and whilst there were a few nervous moments in their run chase, Jennie Kitzinger’s composed innings saw her side home.
Appleton* 255-5 (40; Emma Barlow 101 ret out, Georgia Heath 57*, Anni Rashid 31*, Rebecca Othick 2-57) (25pts)
Oxton+ 106-5 (40; Molly Price 33, Rashid 2-19) (6pts)
It’s still only the third week of the season, but Appleton, who last won the League Championship in 2015, are already the last unbeaten side in the first division. Runs have been hard to come by for many clubs and batsmen on bowler-friendly early season pitches, but here Appleton’s batsmen made hay, especially the ever-reliable Emma Barlow, who made the league’s first century of the season, supported by a maiden fifty from Georgia Heath. Molly Price top scored for Oxton as they reached three figures in reply.
Leigh+ 105-7 (40; Carrie Blood 25, Emma Capper 21, Kasey Bentham 20*, Lorna Starkey 2-12, Ali Cutler 2-15, Zoe Cabral 2-34) (4pts)
Chester Boughton Hall* 106-2 (33.1; Cutler 61*) (25pts)
Several Leigh batsmen got starts, but Chester ultimately prevailed with something to spare, as Ali Cutler and Lorna Starkey continued their good early season form. This result leaves Stockport Trinity as the last unbeaten side in division two.
Ashton-on-Mersey 78+ (38.5; Sarah Sutcliffe 32, Roshini Prince-Navaratnam 3-5, Leesa Mellon 2-0, Hannah Jones 2-9, Zara Matthews 2-16) (3pts)
Didsbury 82-2* (20.5; Jones 24, Mellon 23*) (25pts)
A good all-round bowling show ensured Didsbury recorded a second successive victory.
Stockport Georgians+ 135-8 (Natalie Bell 49*, Georgie Gill 27, Alison Smith 4-19, Christine Lawson 2-25) (25pts)
Wistaston Village* 86 (21; Katie Haszeldine 31, Liv Bell 4-25, Beth Garnett 2-15) (6pts)
Georgians made it two wins out of three against a Wistaston side still searching for their first victory. Natalie Bell shepherded the lower order well after her side had slipped from 43-1 to 86-6, adding 45 for the seventh wicket with Jane Bellwood. Katie Haszeldine and Jen Regan made 30 in the first four overs of the reply, but a triple wicket maiden from Liv Bell started a procession of the top order. The number of cross-divisional matches won by second division teams this weekend (two) is higher than in the whole of last season.
*= first division club
+=second division club
Division Three East – May 7:
Appleton 2nd XI beat Woodley – no further details available at present
Division Three Cross-Divisional – May 7:
Didsbury 2nd XI 22 (20.4; Charlie Scudder 2-2) (0pts)
Upton 23-0 (6.1; Ellen McGowan 16*) (25pts)
A truly spectacular start for Upton, who made light work of Didsbury to win their first ever competitive match by the astounding margin of ten wickets.