TEENAGE bowlers and batsmen have made their mark at senior level in a successful start to a shortened eight-week season for Grappenhall Cricket Club.

Lewis Porter's pace and bounce was too hot for Davenham to handle as Grappers' first XI made it two wins from two on Saturday.

Fellow 15-year-olds Noah Hayes and Zac Judge had an impact for the third team in victory over Alderley Edge on Sunday, while Will Fell, 17, and Arthur Pennington, 18, both hit centuries as the seconds hammered Davenham counterparts.

Over two weekends, the senior Broad Lane cricketers have won all six games played.

On the first weekend the firsts despatched Sale, the seconds comfortably saw off Upton and the thirds defeated Nantwich.

Due to the three-month delay to the season's start as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the competitions have been split into mini leagues with finals days at the end, with some flexibility permitted on the format that can be played – from 20 to 45 overs a side as agreed by the captains.

So far the club has successfully favoured the longer format.

In the first XI's 45-over match at Davenham, the hosts never really got going thanks to frontline bowlers Sam Guest and Arran McCabe reducing the home side to 30 for 4.

A partnership of 60 was broken by Gaz Burns before teenager Porter came into the attack and finished the innings off on 105.

Pete Barnes and Adam Roylance flew out of the blocks in reply and were 35 in the fourth over when the former was dismissed.

When Roylance fell for 39, Ben Bodha and Richard Green finished things off in quick time, with both batsmen not out in the mid-20s.

Grappers battered Davenham in the seconds match, posting a mammoth 257 for 1 off their 40 overs.

Josh Hayes was the one to fall for a solid 38, but Fell came in and smashed the ball to all parts with a couple of towering sixes.

Pennington played patiently and both brought up their centuries in the same over, Fell finishing on 113 not out and Pennington on 100 not out.

Davenham were rolled out for only 31, with Matt Titchard taking 4 for 6 from six overs after returning from injury.

On Sunday, visitors Alderley Edge were dismissed for 148 with Hayes expertly removing dangerous opener Wilson, 77, in one of his three wickets. Fellow 15-year-old Judge picked up two wickets too.

Alex Perry scored 96 not out, his first half century for the club, as Grappers' thirds made a successful reply.