TIM Affleck made an immediate impact in the Lindow team at the weekend.

The 29-year-old overseas signing rattled together an unbeaten 105 runs as Lindown got the 2019 Cheshire County League Division Two campaign off to a winning start.

Affleck, a left-handed top order batsman and right arm off spinner from Sydney, Australia, helped Lindow to 215-6 before Mobberley were dismissed for 110 with the help of six wickets from Sully Raja.

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Affleck, who has previous experience in England and Ireland, was a key part of the Parramatta side that reached the 2019 finals day, only to be pipped to the trophy by Sydney University.

Averaging over 30 with the bat and picking up some vital wickets, as well as being a qualified coach, he is an exciting recruit for Lindow.

Against Mobberley, captain Alex Matthews' decision for his team to bat first looked an excellent one.

Then at 80-1 Atiq Uz-Zaman was caught for 31 and three more quick wickets fell, leaving Lindow’s innings in the balance at 110-5.

Adam Bull joined Affleck at the crease and the pair added a vital 94 runs before Bull fell in the penultimate over of the innings for a well earned 44.

In the field Mobberley were reduced to 28-3 thanks to wickets from openers Saleem Akram (1-8) and Matthews (1-36), as well as a sharp run out from Jamie Peel.

Mobberley then dug in and at 74-3 they were well in the game before Affleck (1-29) trapped Leigh LBW.

From there the exceptional left-arm spin of Raja (6-30) and some sharp keeping from Rob Herriot saw Mobberley dismissed for 110.

Lindow seconds hosted a talented Davenham side at Upcast Lane for their opening match.

New captain Ian Park won the toss and elected to field.

A well balanced first half saw Davenham close on 194-9, with Tom Rae (3-31) and Mark Farrell (3-31) being the pick of the Lindow bowlers.

The Lindow response was provided a strong platform by openers Matt Ramsden (39) and Park (28), but the home side could not quite reach their target and finished with a draw on 172-9.

The pick of the batsmen was Matt Barnes (45) on his debut, well supported by Rob Venables (30).

Lindow thirds made the short journey to take on Styal seconds and having won the toss elected to bat.

It was tough going at 39-3 off 20 overs before James Venables (27) and Tom Orr (27 not out) steered Lindow to 131-5 off their 40 overs.

The highlight though was 34 from under 13s player Olly James on his senior debut.

The Lindow bowlers felt the game was theirs when Styal were reduced to 52-5, but Adil Iman (55 not out) steered the home side to victory.