TIMPERLEY Cricket Club's first XI took a wobble on Saturday when they visited local rivals Bowdon in the Cheshire County Cricket League Premier Division.

Winning the toss, captain Craig Grindley elected to bat and was soon ruing his decision as Timperley struggled against the opening bowling of Ashling and Jones to reach 21-3.

No batsmen settled in on a wicket encouraging the bowlers and Timperley eventually laboured to 94 all out.

Pick of the batting was Canning with a counter-attacking 26 off 13 balls, while the best bowling was provided by Tully with 5-19.

In reply, Bowdon found the going as difficult as Timperley and were dismissed for 78 inside 30 overs with Jack White taking six wickets and Lawrence four as Timperley won by 16 runs.

The seconds could only draw with Marple despite posting 266-3 declared, principally driven by Mike Ness’s maiden 100 for his club and 82 not out from Dave Howarth.

The extra two overs from the early declaration did not make the difference as Marple closed on 149-9 off 52 overs with the pick of the bowlers Horsfield (4-33) and Ashling (4-35).

The third XI played Wilmslow Wayfarers and won by 37 runs.

Batting first, Timperley scored 231-4 – Jamie Matthews 55no and Godhamgoankar 54 top scoring.

Wilmslow responded with 194 all out, Joe Clarke taking 5-48.

On Sunday, the fifth XI took on Disley and lost by 56 runs despite a captain's innings of 34no from Jurjees Hasan in a total of 103.

Spencer (5-27) and Musharaf (4-19) bowled well in Disley's innings of 159 all out.

The Over-40s' XI continued their campaign with a close victory at Ashton on Mersey, winning by four runs defending 158.