A STUNNING effort by their bowling attack secured for Toft’s seconds the Cheshire County League’s Premier Division title in style.

After they had been knocked over for 117 by hosts Chester Boughton Hall, a 17th win of the campaign appeared unlikely.

However an aggressive approach by seam duo Matt Cornes (4-38) and Will Dunkerley (4-30) set them on a course for a 13-run victory that was secured by spin tandem James Hodgson and Nigel Muirhead.

They conclude a remarkable campaign at home to their Upton counterparts on Saturday, from 12.30pm.

Toft’s first team slipped to a fourth successive defeat, this time by six wickets at Booth’s Park against a Chester side that celebrated ending a four-year wait to reclaim top-spot.

Nantwich will finish behind them as runners-up.

Toby Drummond’s men posted 154-9 off 40 overs in a rain-affected encounter with James Scott (35), Sam Hatcher (23) and Henry Hughes (22) their leading-scorers while Will Owen took 3-39.

Chester made it to their target with a confident 155-4, with 11 overs to spare, after Rick Moore (39) and Alex Money (35) had shared in a 53-run partnership for the second wicket.

Joe Stanley (1-14) was the only bowler that contained the visiting batsmen.

Toft cannot now finish in the top three, and they head to Cheadle this weekend uncertain they will secure fourth place.

Timperley, who host relegation-threatened Grappenhall, are nine points further back in fifth.

Both games start at 12.30pm.