Didsbury created the surprise of the day in the ECB Premier League when, having gone without a win for two months, they beat Hyde at Wilmslow Road to give themselves new hope of rising out of the relegation places.
So far ignored by the Cheshire selectors, Simon Normanton was the match-winner shining with bat and ball.
He top scored with 60 in Didsbury’s decent tally of 213, aided by Dinindu Jayathillake, 58 and Jonny Fawcett, 46, Hyde’s best bowlers being Tom Young with a quality 3-36 aided by Dan Cranmer, 4-93.
Hyde’s usually strong batting let them down and they closed at 177, their lowest all out tally of the summer, James Duffy making 50, Chris Tipper 43. Off spinner Normantona again did well with 4-56, while Jibram Khan took 3-15.
Bowdon lost by five wickets at Toft and lie an uneasy 17 points ahead of Didsbury. They might have expected to do better than post 220 for nine after being 183 for five when Simon Marshall was out for a classy 90. Only Matt Tully, 35 of the later batsmen looked the part.
Toft’s Mr. Reliable Jimmy Lomas again bowled through with figures of 28-3-95-6. Toft opened with a 119-run partnership between Aussie Jake Hancock, 61 and Lancashire academician James Drummond, 58, but when both were out they struggled against a battery of spinners.
Then Henry Hughes had to go off with a leg problem and he was replaced by Adam Green and the game turned. Green hit out for a lusty unbeaten 37 and in the company of his skipper Toby Drummond, he led his side to their sixth win by five wickets and three overs to spare.
Chester Boughton Hall retained their nine points lead over Neston on a day when the top three all won comfortably.
Chester had veteran Alex Kegg back opening the bowling against Alderley Edge at Filkins Lane, but it was leg-spinner Jack Williams (5-56) who did the main damage in dismissing the visitors for 177, Charlie Reid 54.
CBH replied with 181 for four, Warren Goodwin making 79 and Lee Dixon 59. Both received awards at the club’s Summer Ball later that evening.
Neston were back to form and comfortable four wickets winners against Marple at Parkgate. A delightful innings of 99 by former Cheshire skipper Andrew Hall (he was lbw to Andy Clarke) helped Marple total 230 for nine, Paul Stimson producing a stoic 4-103 from 22 overs on a very hot day.
Neston responded with 233 for six, Luke Camden, scoring 78 and Clarke, 41 enjoying a key partnership of 94. Andy Greasley took 3-67.
Grappenhall’s Brisbane-based all-rounder Josh McClelland was the star of their comfortable 126 runs home win over an Oxton side which has gone off the boil.
McClelland top-scored with 77 in Grappers’ 243 for eight then took 6-34 off just nine overs with Martyn Evans chipping in with 3-74,as Oxton were bundled out for 117, Marc Debrabender contributing 42.
Macclesfield remained the only team in the league without a win after losing by eight wickets at home to Nantwich.
Rob Porter, 45, top scored in Macc’s modest 149, seam duo Ollie Griffiths taking 5-21 and Jimmy Warrington, 5-64. Jonny Kettle, 55 not out and Liam Livingstone, 48 then saw Nantwich through to 150 for two in just 29 overs.