TOFT Cricket Club first XI are rooted at the bottom of the Cheshire County Cricket League Premier Division after Saturday’s losses to high-flying Didsbury.

Henry Hughes (85no) and James Scott (59no) steered the hosts to 175-3 in 20 overs, but Didsbury reached the target in the 19th over for the loss of four batsmen to win by six wickets.

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Henry Hughes. Picture: Jeff Tenner

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James Hodgson bowling for Toft against Didsbury. Picture: Jeff Tenner

In the second T20 game, Toft crumbled to 6-3 and barely recovered.

Thomas Roe (42no) was the mainstay in his side’s 85 all out after 19.4 overs.

Didsbury got home in less than 10 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

Knutsford slipped from third to mid-table in the Cheshire League with a home defeat to Heaton Mersey.

In no time, Knutsford slumped to 19-6 as the visitors’ new-ball bowlers decimated the top order.

The only highlight was a 51-run stand between deputising skipper Alam (21no) and Saleem (30) taking the final tally to 92 all out.

Heaton Mersey lost their first wicket at 44. Knutsford seamers Alam (2-10) and Ghazanfar (2-23) tightened the scoring over the next 17 overs, taking three quick wickets to raise hopes, however Malik (34no) saw his side over the line.

Knutsford host Cheadle Hulme at home on Saturday.

Both Peover sides enjoyed success on Saturday against Prestbury.

The first XI travelled and elected to bat on a warm afternoon.

After the loss of an early wicket opener Matt Tucker (24) and Stephen Price settled into a good rhythm before Tucker fell.

Suryavanshi joined Price at the crease as both batsmen looked to increase the tempo on a fast scoring ground.

A memorable partnership of over 150 ensued as Stephen Price (101) scored his first century of the year and Suryavanshi was dismissed for a hard hitting 45.

A late flurry of wickets saw Peover declare after 35 overs on 205.

Prestbury never came to terms with the chase as only Oldfield (36) looked at ease against a well balanced attack offering pace and turn. Sykes led the way taking 4-20 when bowling an exiting spell which troubled the hosts throughout.

Sykes was well supported by Suryavanshi (3-17) as Prestbury were dismissed for 115.

Peover’s second string continued their unbeaten start to the season with a close win at home.

They dismissed the visitors for 103, with Kumar taking 3-6 in nine overs.

Kumar was well supported by the other bowlers with Jumani’s leg spin taking 2-30.

Peover were sharp in the field with two run outs.

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The reply stuttered and with the loss of regular wickets.

Youngster Callum Mills (19) made an important contribution at the top of the order before Kumar (43) topped off an impressive performance. He was well supported after the loss of several wickets by Hedley Nightingale as Peover looked to rebuild.

Further wickets fell as Peover edged over the line with the final pair at the crease, maintaining their 100 percent record.

On Saturday the first XI host Kerridge while the seconds head to Wistaston.