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TOFT travel to back-markers Bowdon this weekend buoyed by a return to winning ways in the Cheshire County League’s top-flight.

A five-wicket win at home to Cheadle last Saturday was their first victory in the Premier Division since May 27.

And they have Cheshire all-rounder Tom Forster to thank; his six-wicket haul from a 17-over spell – the best figures returned by a Toft bowler this season – helped to knock over the visitors for 131.

Spinner Joe Stanley (1-21 off 10 overs) was economical in support.

Left with 64 overs in which to reach their target, the hosts wobbled at 35-2 before Forster (30) and in-form Henry Hughes (45) moved their side towards 134-5.

Sam Hatcher (24no) finished the job, leaving Toby Drummond’s men fourth in the Premier Division table at the campaign’s halfway mark.

They will have home advantage in the Cheshire Cup last eight after being paired with New Brighton from the Liverpool and District Competition.

That tie is scheduled for Sunday, July 23.

Toft’s seconds moved clear at the top of the table after cruising to a nine-wicket win away to their Upton counterparts.

Seam duo Matt Cornes (2-20) and Pete Talbot (2-25) made an initial breakthrough before spinners James Hodgson (4-9) and Richard Scott (1-6) prompted a collapse to 103 all out.

The visitors eased to victory in the 22nd over with opener Scott Craig (62no) and Ewan Williams (41no) at the crease.

Now nine points clear, they host Marple on Saturday.