WINSFORD fell short in a run-chase against Holmes Chapel when they met in the Cheshire League last Saturday.

Daniel Holtom (5-33) had been a thorn in the home team’s side, supported by Sid Mothe (2-36), as they totalled 146-9 off their 45 overs.

However the visitors succumbed for 110 after tea, when Mike Dickenson (26), Michael Dean (24) and Ben Crellin (25) failed to build on starts.

Kane Helyar (4-43) and Krish Bhwardwa (3-21) were their tormentors-in-chief.

The men from Knights Grange had bowed out of the league's T20 Knockout at Oakmere on Thursday.

Home-teakm skipper Craig Phelan decided he preferred to chase after winning the toss, a decision that was vindicated by his bowlers restricting the visitors to 78-8.

He took 2-7, supported by David Norton (2-27) and South African star CJ van der Walt (2-12).

Captain David Bates (24) was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures.

Oakmere reached their target in the 18th over, helped there by Phelan (35) in a 64-run partnership with James Norton (15no) for the fourth wicket.

Depleted Winsford seconds suffered a heavy defeat at home to their Holmes Chapel counterparts in Division C South and Central last Saturday.

Put into bat, the visitors rattled up a huge 194-3 thanks to a fine unbeaten century from Martin Radford.

The hosts were then blown away a meagre 43.