ALDERLEY Edge beat top of the table Hyde in Saturday's Cheshire County Cricket Premier League fixture, writes Joe Chorlton.

Hyde won the toss and elected to bowl first, forcing the hosts into bat.

It wasn’t a great start for Alderley Edge who found themselves struggling on 8-2 after just 5.1 overs.

None of the Alderley Edge top order caused too much damage to the Hyde bowling attack apart from Ed Fluck who finished on 29 (44 balls), and a middle order collapse ensued.

Sam Perry was trapped LBW by Jason Whittaker for a golden duck, and Alderley skipper Adam Worral and Charlie Reid also came and went without troubling the scorers.

At 60-7, it was looking bleak for Alderley edge who racked up a huge 230-4 the previous week against Widnes.

Fortunately for the home side there was a strong fight back from the tail with Thomas Foreman top scoring with 47 (50 balls) and an important cameo from number 10 batsman Blair Campbell with 25 (27 balls).

Alderley found themselves at 130-9.

George Balderson took the final wicket of the innings as Campbell was trapped in front and the home side finished on 156 all out from 44.3 overs.

Pick of the bowlers was Jason Whittaker, taking 4-43 off 17 overs as well as Balderson who took 2-22 off 8.3 overs.

Alderley Edge finished the innings well and managed to limp to a respectable score despite four of the home side's batsmen getting out for a duck.

Hyde will be disappointed not to take advantage of Alderley's poor start with the bat.

After the break, Hyde’s top order started well with all of the top four making contributions, especially Elliot Young who made 35 (36 balls) and George Balderson anchoring the innings with 34 from 103 balls.

At 99-3 with 33 overs gone, Hyde looked in a strong position to finish the game off and claim all 25 points.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Lancashire's Stephen Parry (4-22 off 17 overs) and Richard Wilkinson (3-54 off 14.4 overs) had other ideas.

The Alderley Edge bowling attack ripped through Hyde’s middle and lower order, leaving Hyde on 130-9.

There was a valiant attempt by the last wicket pair to try and drag their team over the line but to no avail as Hyde ended on 141 all out.

This was Alderley Edge’s second win of the season and moves them up to sixth in the Premier League table.

Hyde’s first defeat of the season sees them knocked off the top spot by Chester Boughton Hall as they beat Timperley by six wickets.

Alderley Edge face Grappenhall away this Saturday as they look to carry on moving up the table and Hyde travel to Nantwich.