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Cricket: Christleton take honours in Park encounter.


THE meeting of the First Division's two promoted clubs in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League resulted in a hands-down seven-wicket victory for Christleton at Birkenhead Park.

The Wirral side were restricted to 184-8,David Hunter 69, thenChester College student Maroof Khan followed up his unbeaten 87 the previous Saturday with an undefeated 100 as theLittle Heath men eased home.

Toft are four points clear at the top after inflicting the season's first defeat onWinnington Park. Winnington were bowled out for 149 by the pace of Matt Cornes, 6-69.Toft's bats men had their problems against England Deaf international Paul Allen, 3-40,but edged home by three wickets steadied by 44 from Jamie Noble.

Down from the Premier League,Bramhall continue to enjoy a new lease of life, their eight-wicket win at Brooklands being their third -more than in the entire 2003 season. Brooklands declared at 158-5 and Bramhall responded with 162-2 in only 35 overs.

Grappenhall won their second game in a row,by 137 runs,and have shot up to fifth place. Grappenhall declared at 207-7 andUrmston could muster only 70,former Lancashire fast bowler Paul Ridgeway taking 5- 25 in possibly his last appearance for the club.

There was a welcome first win for Alsager, whosenewlyarrived Indian bats man Ashwin Punja made his mark with a fluent unbeaten 122 in reply to 224-5 toUpton's 223-9, Brian Warburton 61,Simon Woolley 4-74.

New skipper Malcolm Agar scored 75 no to help Warrington draw with 147-7 at Cheadle Hulme. The Grove Park men mustered 197-5, Adam Wilde 47no.

Cheadle reached 100 points when they pocketed 25 for a six-wicket home win against Bollington, whom they bowled out for 100. Melbourne -based Peter Manser producing the league best bowling figures of the season with 8- 63. Steven Hall claimed 40 inCheadle's response of 106-4.

Heaton Mersey are only five points behind after their fourth win,by eight wickets at Tattenhall who mustered only 170,Robert Mulverhill 63.

Mersey's NickCantello continuing his purple patch with 75, whileWaqar Rashidadded 68 to 3- 34 of leg-spin.

Congleton moved up to third place with a seven wicket success at Irby, who go bottom. Out of form Irby were bowled out for 155 and Congleton

responded with 159-3.

Mobberley scored their first win when they inflicted Middlewich's first defeat since reentering the league. Nafees Din scored 104 and Adam Locke 66 in Mobberley's 232-6 after which Middlewich were bowled out for 160.

Timperley also chalked up a maiden victory by 47 runs at home to Bredbury after scoring 139,Bredbury could muster only 92.

Newcomers Weaverham moved off bottom with their best performance since entering the league, scoring 227-6. Georgians reached 174-8.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 26, 2004
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