TOFT demonstrated their strength in depth when a side shorn of several regulars was too good for Grappenhall last weekend.

A fourth win of the campaign in the Cheshire County League’s Premier Division is timely too and leaves them eighth in the table after completing half of their matches.

The visitors to Booth’s Park batted first and were dismissed for 188.

Will Dunkerley (2-23) broke through early before William Fell (34) and Graeme Rowlands (24) added 53 runs for the second wicket.

The introduction of Joe Stanley to the Knutsford side’s attack proved to be the right decision by stand-in skipper Rob Sehmi when he ended that partnership.

Matthew Cornes (1-38) got in on the act when he removed Fell, one of three catches for wicket-keeper Dan Lord.

Ben Bodha (72) batted impressively for the away side, but Stanley (4-42) and Nigel Muirhead (2-55) ensured wickets fell regularly while he watched on from the other end.

His was the last wicket to fall, bowled by Dunkerley.

Toft made it to 191-4 with a minimum of fuss after James Drummond (43) and Stanley (17) put on 40 for the first wicket.

Sehmi (70) passed 50 for the fourth time in 2019 when he added another 50 with the former.

There was still work to do when Drummond departed at 90-2, but Ewan Williams (39no) ensured it was completed efficiently and was at the crease with Lord when the hosts reached their target.

They were due to visit Bramhall in a T20 quarter-finals encounter after the Guardian went to press yesterday, Wednesday.

Title-hopefuls Chester Boughton Hall arrive at Booth’s Park on Saturday before a trip to Alderley Edge in the Cheshire Cup last 16 the following afternoon.

Toft’s seconds drew with their Grappenhall counterparts last weekend.

The Warrington side posted 210 all out after winning the toss and Ian Wright (94) took the plaudits afterwards.

Pete Talbot (4-41), Gohar Rashid (3-34) and Paul Ashley (2-49) contributed with the ball.

Toft made it to 152-8 in their 50 overs when captain Ashley (33) and Simon Locke (34) were the pick of their batsmen.

On Sunday, Toft’s thirds were edged out by Stockport Georgians in a thrilling game at Booth’s Park.

Chasing 189 to win, the visitors made it there with three balls to spare thanks to a century from opener Fahad Bashir (100no).

Dunkerley (73) and Muirhead (41) had been the mainstays earlier in the afternoon when the Knutsford side closed on 188-9.