JIMMY Lomas praised his players’ mind-set after back-to-back wins delivered by Toft’s best performances of the season.

The Knutsford outfit followed a demolition of Macclesfield in a T20 group-stage encounter last Thursday with a similarly emphatic victory against Marple in the Cheshire County League 48 hours later.

A hammering at Neston seven days earlier prompted a change of tone at training, according to the first-team captain.

“We asked ourselves what we needed to do if we wanted to improve and then had a productive session,” said Lomas.

“I want to the guys to take responsibility and help each other rather than wait for me or one of the other senior players to point out where things are going wrong.

“They’re responding; nobody is rolling their eyes or kicking back against it. Instead they’re contributing to those conversations.”

It had an immediate impact.

Andrew Jackson was at his destructive best, scoring 129 not out off just 50 balls when Toft racked up 258-3 at Macc.

That included a partnership for the second wicket worth 95 runs with Rob Sehmi (53 off 30 balls) and another that totalled 125 with James Scott (51no off 27 balls).

The hosts were knocked over for 145, making the men from Booth’s Park favourites to win their group.

It was Sehmi’s turn to score an unbeaten century during a seven-wicket win on Saturday that saw Toft reach a victory target of 226.

The wicket-keeper, who struck 18 fours on his way to 101 not out, added 115 runs in tandem with Lancashire all-rounder Rob Jones (57) on his first appearance of the campaign.

Lomas said: “It was a masterclass. If we’d have needed 400, they’d have got us there.”

Jones had earlier taken 4-37 to help dismiss Marple.

Toft sit seventh in the Premier Division table with three wins, a tally that might have been higher had a home date with Oulton Park – beaten in every game – not been cancelled in April.

A trip to Timperley follows on Saturday, from 12.30pm.

Bollington then visit next Tuesday for a T20 clash to decide who progresses to the knockout stage.

“We can still improve from here,” added Lomas.

“It’s important the guys think about what’s happening and feel emboldened to make a change out on the field if they think it’s the right thing to do.

“That’s something that we’re slowly trying to instil, and it’s a cultural thing that we’ve not really tried before at Toft. I trust them though.”