IT was a weekend to forget for Appleton Cricket Club as all three senior teams in action were bowled out for under 100.

The firsts could only amass 88 against Middlewich, who duly romped to their target for the loss of just three wickets.

A remarkable collapse saw the seconds slip from 74-2 to 96 all out and despite reducing opponents The Groves to 6-3 in reply, they eventually lost by six wickets.

The fourths came closest for victory as Harry Sygrove’s five-wicket haul helped bowl Haslington out for 79, but they were bowled out for 73 in response – agonisingly short of victory.

Elsewhere, Warrington surrendered top spot in Division Two of the Cheshire County League as they were forced to hang on for a draw against Hale Barns.

The visitors racked up 240-5 at Walton Lea and after a decent start to the reply, Warrington wobbled and slipped to 60-4 until Jamie Bye’s unbeaten 60 steered them to a draw.

The lower order also helped the seconds to draw with Romiley as they were never likely to chase their victory target of 196.

An inexperienced Warrington fourths attack did well to restrict Europa Exiles to 145 – with John Burgess the pick of the bowlers – but they were then dismissed for just 81 in reply.