Division One – May 13:
Appleton 123-4 (40; Holly McCurrie 69*, Emma Barlow 25) (5pts)
Oakmere 126-4 (37; Shami Ahmed 49, Helen Smith 41, Sami Fowler 2-19) (25pts)
Appleton’s unbeaten run ended here, despite a career best from Holly McCurrie, as Shami Ahmed and Helen Smith led the way in a successful run chase to get Oakmere back on track after defeat the previous week.
Chester Boughton Hall 235-2 (40; Ali Cutler 60, Sammi Short 59*, Kate Coppack 55, Lorna Starkey 35*) (25pts)
Wistaston Village 114-2 (40; Katie Bennett 53*, Toyin Higgs 26) (4pts)
The batsmen were in charge at Chester as the home side maintained their title challenge. Of their three half-centurions, Kate Coppack undoubtedly provided the best entertainment, reaching her 50 in just 24 deliveries. Wistaston remain without a victory, and are somewhat adrift of their four division one rivals, but will take comfort from only losing two wickets to a side of Chester’s pedigree as they seek to climb the table in the coming weeks.
Division Two – May 13:
Stockport Georgians 48 (25.5; Rosemary Duckworth 12, Alice Smith 4-10, Emma Royle 2-2, Hannah Wicks 2-2) (1pt)
Stockport Trinity 49-1 (11.4; Jennie Kitzinger 21) (25pts)
Stockport Trinity maintained their 100 per cent record in what was the league’s closest ever local derby – the two grounds are only metres apart. Once again Trinity bowled first and dismissed their opposition for a low total, paving the way for their third victory
Division One / Two Cross Divisional - May 13:
Didsbury* 199-4 (40; Leesa Mellon 102*, Zara Matthews 43, Kate Renshaw 2-32) (25pts)
Oxton+ 117-3 (40; Megan Cureton 76*) (5pts)
Leesa Mellon became the league’s second centurion of the season as Didsbury comfortably recorded a third win in succession, despite Megan Cureton’s best efforts for the Wirral side. Didsbury, like Oakmere, Appleton and Chester, have lost one match so far this season, so we could be set for a closely fought and dramatic title race this season. Chester lead by a single point at present, with three points separating the four teams.
*= first division club
+=second division club
Division Three West – May 13:
Upton 111-6 (30; Lily Scudder 68*, Sophie Winward 3-21) (25pts)
Nantwich 105-4 (30; Grace Michell 24, Madi Hudson 22, Charlie Scudder 2-18) (7pts)
Both sides recorded hugely impressive wins in their first matches as league member clubs, but here the points went to the Wirral-based side as, following Lily Scudder’s impressive innings, their bowlers held their nerve in the final overs.
Division Three East – May 7:
Woodley 74-9 (20; Abi Barlow 26, Amy Jones 4-3, Georgia Heath 3-7) (5pts)
Appleton 2nd XI 76-2 (18; Amy Jones 29*) (25pts)
Amy Jones starred in both departments as Appleton’s seconds won their first match.
Lymm Oughtrington Park 100-5 (20; Sue Jones 23, K Axon 2-4, A Smith 2-6) (25pts)
Marple 89-7 (20; Smith 31, Lorraine Robinson 3-16, K Williams 2-9, A Evans 2-30) (8pts)
Unlike Upton, Nantwich and Appleton seconds before them, Marple narrowly failed to record a victory in their first match, edged out by the ever improving Lymm team.