FOR the second week in a row, Grappenhall Cricket Club’s first team were denied the chance to play by Covid-19.

They were due to face Congleton on Saturday, but a Covid outbreak within their opponents’ squad forced the game to be cancelled.

The seconds did manage to play, however, and were victorious in a one-sided contest at Upton.

Ben Bodha carried his bat as he hit a superb unbeaten century to anchor Grappers’ innings of 216-6 declared.

Ben Clissold chipped in with a powerful 41 as the visitors posted an imposing total that their hosts never looked likely to reach.

Wickets fell regularly as the Grappers bowlers dismissed their rivals for just 119 to secure a 97-run win, with part-time off-spinner Alex Perry picking up a five-wicket haul.

The thirds batted valiantly to secure a draw against table-topping Toft, who had declared on a mammoth total of 240-2 batting first.

Chasing the target down was unlikely but superb strokeplay from David Seed and Max Sleigh saw both reach their half-century and give Grappers a sniff of victory.

After a flurry of wickets, though, focus returned to saving the match and they managed to do just that, closing on 214-8.