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Linwood holds out for Chester draw

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Heavy rain all week relented too late on Saturday with only game, a draw between Neston and Chester Boughton Hall, possible in the Chapel Press Cheshire Premier League.

It was the most widespread interruption the League had experienced since August 2008 when 16 matches were called off, including all six in the top flight.

The match at Parkgate started late and was reduced to 90 overs at the end of which Chester needed a 10th wicket stand to stave off defeat.

Neston closed on 143 for eight off 45 overs, Mark Garrett 30, with Ian Linwood (4-62) bowling unchanged for 22 tight overs.

Chester started well with Lee Dixon scoring 42 and Kumar Sarna 35, but Neston’s West Australia fast bowler Chad Wilson enjoyed his best spell of the season with a return of 5-50, aided by David Hurst, 3-32.

But they couldn’t shift Ian Linwood and teenager Harry Killoran who held out for 11 overs to force a draw at 130 for nine. Neston’s 10 points return moved them one place up to fifth.