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Dabbers squelched by Didsbury

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In one of the wettest starts since the ECB Premier League made its debut in 1999, last season’s top two clubs Nantwich and Chester Boughton Hall were well beaten at Didsbury and Urmston respectively.

The Dabbers, who drew their first four games in 2011, were hammered by 94 runs at Didsbury who posted the day’ only decent score at 214 for eight.

Paul Slattery, 47, Matt Marfani 46 and skipper Nick Anderson 41 all batted well with Jimmy Warrington – whose wife is expecting twins – claiming 3-43.

Nantwich were bowled out for 120 by Jonny Fawcett 5-27 and debut paceman James Hawley 3-8.

Chester were bundled out for 98 at Urmston, Mark Robinson 25 being their top scorer in a batting line-up minus Warren Goodwin who has suffered a serious hand injury. Rana Malook took 4-20 and the evergreen Kurt Edginton 3-12.

Warren Goodwin

Chester were missing injured Warren Goodwin © David Bailey

For Urmies Elliott Bullock top-scored with 37 and new signing from Bolton, Nick Fawcett, hit 31, while Alex Kegg took 3-38.

Hyde made a flying start in an eventful day at Macclesfield where Barney Cutbill’s players did a marvellous job rendering the ground fit for play a 68 overs match.

Macc posted 138 for nine, Rob Porter 40, Tom Young 4-43 and Hyde got home with three overs to spare at 140 for two, thanks to new Cheshire skipper James Duffy’s 47 not out off 46 balls including four fours and three sixes, helped by Tom Twiney 36 and Danny Berry 30.

Andy Birley produced the best individual performance of the day to edge Oxton to a tight 4-runs win at Toft. He took 8-52 bowling unchanged for 24.2 overs to dismiss Toft for 108, Sean Mudalige 36.

Earlier, Oxton had struggled to post 112 for nine, Ross Dixon 39, Joe Lomas 4-27. The Wirral club fielded Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew.

The remaining two games were called off due to heavy overnight rain, leaving newly-promoted duo Marple (at Alderley Edge) and Widnes (at home to Neston) frustrated.