Nantwich CC Whitehouse Lane

Nantwich CC 1sts stumbled to another defeat as they were beaten by 112 runs by Bowdon at Whitehouse Lane.

The loss means defending champions Nantwich have failed to win in their last five league outings.

Bowdon won the toss and opted to bat, before hitting 207 for 7 from their 55 overs.

Mark Chilton was the pick of the batsmen, carding an impressive 79, while James McDougall supported with 44.

In attack, Oliver Griffiths and Liam Livingstone took three wickets apiece, Jimmy Warrington securing the other.

Griffiths returned fine figures of 3 for 85 of 20 overs, Livingstone 3-31 from seven.

In reply, Nantwich got off to a shaky start losing openers Rob Howell for just 2 and Jonny Kettle for 12.

Livingstone hit a quick-fire 26 from 14 balls, but when he was caught behind the hosts were up against it.

And they couldn’t cope with a fine bowling display by Chris Ashling, who took 6 wickets for 48 runs off 12 overs.

Nantwich’s last four batsmen mustered just 11 runs between them as they were skittled out 112 runs short on 95, after just 23.2 overs.

The 1sts remain in eighth place in Cheshire County Premier Division with just two games remaining.

The 2nd team faired better when they travelled to play Sale.

The hosts were bowled out for just 83 off 23 overs, without a single boundary between their 11 batsmen.

Alistair Simcox was the pick of the attack, notching five wickets for just 16 runs in 5.3 overs.

Nantwich reached their target off just 15.2 overs with the loss of two wickets,  David Ferris ending on 34 not out.

It was a vital victory in their bid to avoid relegation and moves them 36 points clear of the bottom two with two games left.


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