STRETFORD Cricket Club's first team bounced back from defeat to Edgworth to beat Greater Manchester Cricket League Division One strugglers Worsley.

After losing the toss and being sent to the field, Stretford could not have hoped for a better start with Worsley 20-3 after 10 overs.

Opening Bowlers Benjy Evans and Oral Rankine both took wickets early before spinners Karl Taylor and Ahmad Muhammad took over in fine fashion, both picking up a handful of wickets as Stretford skittled Worsley out for a meagre 67.

An upbeat Stretford never really looked in trouble in their reply, despite losing opener Adrian Holmes cheaply after the 10th ball of the innings.

Once again Rankine saw Stretford home with an impressive 45, leaving other batsman Gus Harman little time to score.

Stretford reached their target, losing just one wicket, to move to 16 points and fourth after four games.

The seconds were beaten at Woodhouses with all 11 batsmen falling cheaply as they totalled 72 and the hosts reached their target with eight wickets to spare.

There was better luck for the club on Sunday with both the Spitfires and Hurricanes winning.

The Spitfires faced Ashton Ladysmith at Lesley Road and Laker stuck around after young gun Mathew Kilcourse was caught cheaply.

A rusty Nick Walmsley was dropped in the slips on nought, however Stretford were poised at drinks with a comfortable 108-1.

Walmsley was first to fall after the break, caught in the deep for 37 and then Laker was dismissed for a impressive 77.

However, thanks to a strong partnership between Ocean O’Malley and Hamish Jefferson, who both scored over 50, the Spitfires posted an impressive 267-3.

Kamran Hussain was first to take a wicket for Stretford, bowling Ladysmith’s opener cheaply.

Laker helped at the other end well, however with Hussain getting injured, skipper Andrew Fletcher was forced to make a change, bringing on Renforth.

The change seemed to be a expensive one with Ladysmith’s number three hitting three fours off the first four deliveries before Renforth was able to divert the fifth onto the stumps, dismissing the non-facing batsman.

With Marc Stamper also taking wickets, Stretford had Ladysmith eight down and well short of the run rate when rain stopped play and Stretford were declared winners.

The Hurricanes had a remarkable performance with Usman Hussain taking 8-31 and bowling Thornham out for a unprosperous 77, despite a number of dropped catches from Keith Evans, skipper Peter Murphy and Eddie McGloughclan. Once again Stretford’s opening pair found little trouble in their way to the measly total, knocking it off in just 13 overs.