WARRINGTON were held to a draw by Stockport in the Cheshire County League Division Two on Saturday.
Having put Stockport in to bat, the visitors made the most of the opportunity racing to 194 for 5 at the tea interval despite Kyle Adams claiming a hat-trick for the Warrington attack on 3 for 74 off 21 overs.
Chia Gaddipalli added support with a late spell of 2 for 30.
Warrington had a nightmare start losing both opening batsmen for eight runs before balance was restored by James Rudd with a score of 58 and Andy Kirby on 39, to build a third wicket partnership of 84.
A late rally from Adams on 28 not out and Leam Heaphy with a knock of 17 saw Warrington attempt to grind out a win but they were too far behind the run rate and had to settle for a draw.
Warrington seconds were swept aside by their strong Stockport counterparts, who enjoyed a destructive batting display to post a total of 235 for the loss of only two wickets and declared after 35 overs.
Ryan Swart with 2 for 48 was the only Warrington bowler to claim a wicket.
The Warrington top order could not match the home side and found themselves in serious trouble at 55 for 5.
The late middle order of Ian Sleigh, 34, and Sy Hewitt, 30, and the tail of Billy Gilbert, 19, Ryan Swart, 17, and Howard Morris, 13, did all they could to bat out a draw but were left with too many overs to face and were eventually bowled out well short of the Stockport total on 164.
Warrington’s third team slipped to a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Macclesfield.
On winning the toss, Warrington elected to bat and a good solid innings from Tim Rothwell, 84, and a late knock from Rob Dempster, 28, formed the basis of the innings as they closed on 183 for 8.
On Macclesfield's small ground 183 proved difficult to defend. Ben McCarthy with 4 for 31 was the pick of bowers supported by Mans Naseem, 1 for 49, and Dempster, 1 for 31, as the home side won by four wickets.