Finals - grappenhall draw - nantwich cc cricket 1sts

Nantwich CC missed out on the Cheshire County Premier League title as rain hit their penultimate game away at Grappenhall.

The 1sts had to settle for a weather-affected draw and 11 points up near Warrington.

And this opened the door for leaders Chester Boughton Hall to claim the league crown with victory at Toft, which put them 26 points clear of Nantwich with just one match remaining.

It was harsh on Nantwich who had put a stunning run of form together in July and August to move from mid-table to main challengers to season-long leaders Chester.

Nantwich’s game at Grappenhall had been delayed due to rain yesterday morning (September 9).

The visitors finally opened the action with the bat, and they scored a decent 201-4 declared in a reduced overs contest.

Henry Dobson (73), Niall O’Brien (53) and Ryan Brown (40) were the main contributors.

Grappenhall in reply were struggling on 31-3 after 11 overs, before the rains came down once more.

James Warrington had taken all three wickets for Nantwich for just 13 runs.

This time, the weather set in and officials had to abandon the game. Nantwich awarded 11 points, Grappenhall seven.

Meanwhile, in the only Premier League match to survive the weather, leaders Chester skittled out Toft for 154-9 in their 40 overs.

And their batsmen did a sterling job to chase down the target in just 29 overs to ensure victory before the rains came, and with it the league crown.

Next week, Nantwich’s final game is at home to Didsbury at Whitehouse Lane, as they look to secure the runners up spot.

(pic: courtesy of @NantwichCC)

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