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Spinner Warnes lifts Alderley Edge

Left-arm spinner Mark Warnes produced the performance of a lifetime with figures of 9-49 against Marple, to hoist Alderley Edge into the top half of the Cheshire ECB Premier League.

Marple, best-known for the quality of their spin bowling, were completely outplayed, compiling only 145 in 52 overs against  the wiles and accuracy of Warnes whose all-10 hopes were scuppered when Jason Whittaker had Garry Cash lbw.

Alderley replied with 150 for five in 39 overs, Jon Steele contributing 68 and Calum Rowe 39, while Aussie Beau Webster, who had top-scored for Marple earlier with 29, claimed 3-26.

Warnes’ performance, which makes him a strong candidate to win the Canterbury-sponsored Performance of Month award, was inside the top 20 best bowling performances since the league’s 1975 foundation.

Meanwhile, Neston cruised on at the top of the table, winning their sixth game in eight by six wickets at home to struggling champions Nantwich, whom they dismissed for 157 at Parkgate, Sam Hunt 39, Jordan Free 3-12, Paul Stimson 3-70 off 26 overs.

Neston replied with 159 for four in 35 overs, David Hurst 54, Will Evans 33.

Chester Boughton Hall who like Neston, have never won the Premier League title, stay 17 points behind after registering their fifth win, by five wickets at home to Didsbury who were sent back for 150, Phil Critchley 53, Nick Anderson 35.

Chester’s young spin twins Jack Williams and Harry Killoran claimed 5-49 from 20.3 and 4-29 from 15 overs respectively. Lee Dixon, 54 and Warren Goodwin, 43 top-scored in CBH’s reply of 152 for five, Jonny Fawcett taking 3-64.

Grappenhall leaped up to third place thanks to a four wickets home victory over Macclesfield, who stay bottom. Macc batted well enough to post 229 for seven, Rob Kean 55, but Grappenhall topped that at 230 for six, Luke McCoy 74, Adam Roylance 38.#

The umpires reported that Oxton’s ground was in superb condition for their game against Toft which the Wirral club won comfortably by five wickets. Toft were ousted for 173, Ed Stubbs 36, Toby Drummond 35, Martyn Evans 5-56 after which Oxton rattled up 174 for five, Simon Stokes making 55.

Bowdon enjoyed a winning draw in the day’s highest scoring game, at Hyde, but remain in the bottom two. Simon Marshall’s terrific unbeaten innings of 157 helped Bowdon rack up 297 for two, James McDougall's 56 helping him in a second wicket stand worth 159.

As ever, Hyde had a real go for the runs and closed tantalisingly close on 283 for seven, after a memorable knock of 92 not out off 77 balls from Dave Fitzsimmons.

Before him Chris Tipper had scored 50 while Trent McCormick’s steady 4-82 helped Bowdon finish up with a 14-5 points advantage.

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