Nantwich Claim Premier Title on Last Day Thriller

By Ray Hunt

One Wicket Victory at Oulton Park Secures 2018 Title

On a thrilling last day of matches in the Premier League, Nantwich were able to hang on to their 14 point lead and claim the CCCL title at Oulton Park despite a great challenge from Chester Boughton Hall.

Chester did their bit by beating Bramhall by 4 wickets at Church Lane, a defeat that let Grappenhall overtake them to safety with a win at Marple and confine Bramhall to relegation.

Electing to bowl first, Nantwich had Oulton Park at 112-6 before an unbeaten 48 from Ben Gibbon helped Oulton Park to 191-8 after 55 overs, 2 wickets for Warrington and Griffiths.

The Nantwich reply stuttered at 8-2 and 58-5 as Matt Parkinson (4-34) and Tom Hyslop (3-25) applied the pressure. But good contributions from Luke Robinson (61), Cook-Sievewright (41) and Freckingham (28) got Nantwich close to the target.

A late two wicket burst from Parkinson saw Nantwich fall to 167-9 and with 25 needed Oulton Park were now favourites. The turning point was a dropped catch at long on with 8 runs still required which would have won the title for Chester Boughton Hall. The win was sealed as Griffiths won the game in the 46th over, the title having been in the balance until the last ten minutes of the 22 week season.

CCCL Chairman David Humpage was on hand to award the Murray Smith trophy to Nantwich Captain Ray Doyle and congratulated his team on their winning season. He had earlier presented both Hyde and Brooklands with their divisional titles on another exciting season finale in the Cheshire County Cricket League and we look forward to the League Dinner at Toft CC on October 5th

Where next?

Done and dusted! September CCCL League Newsletter produced by James Emmerson
CCCL Umpire Appointments for 15th September 1st and 2nd XI Umpire Appointments for Saturday 15th September

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