GRAPPENHALL were beaten by league leaders Hyde in in the Cheshire County Premier Division on Saturday after a low score of 140 was chased down in 30 overs.

Grappenhall could only field 10 players due to transport issues but got off to a healthy start regardless, with Jimmy McCoy, 34, and Josh McClelland, 35, racking up solid scores and putting their side on the front foot.

Ben Bhoda, 22, claimed the next best score but the depleted Grappenhall line-up suffered a collapse to the middle to lower order with Grappenhall’s last four wickets going for just six runs as they were bowled out in the 33rd over for 140.

Jack Critchley grabbed his side’s only three wickets with the first two coming in quick succession after a solid opening stand of 65.

But despite Critchley’s best efforts, Hyde reached their target in the 30th over, with the help of Dan Berry, who raced to 41 runs in 29 balls.

The defeat saw Grappenhall collect seven points and remain in fourth spot, but the Warrington outfit are now under pressure from teams around them with just six fixtures still to play.

Grappenhall seconds scraped a losing draw at home to Hyde in a rain affected game on Saturday.

Hyde set 190 in 42 overs and Grappenhall were left with only 22 overs to chase the target after more rain came during the match.

The conditions made reaching the target almost impossible for the home side as they crawled to 77 for 7.