NEIGHBOURS Grappenhall and Warrington fought out a well-contested draw in a rain-affected meeting at Broad Lane.

Batting first, the hosts declared on 156-7 from 37 overs, with Richard Green and Ben Bodha scoring 44 and 42 respectively while Jake Liddle (4-38) was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

That gave Warrington 25 overs to chase their target, and they came agonisingly close to doing so.

Opener Jon Fletcher top-scored with 68 but the visitors were only able to reach 150-6 at the end of their innings, with Grappers bowlers Albert Pennington and Arran McCabe picking up two scalps each.

That was the first of two matches at the weekend for Grappenhall's firsts as they also hosted Congleton on Sunday.

Grappers successfully chased their victory target of 157 for the loss of seven wickets to put them back in the hunt for promotion.

Grappenhall and Warrington's second teams also met at Walton Lea, with Ian Hall's superb knock of 84 allowing the visitors to post an impressive 193-5 from 44 overs.

Warrington never really got close to chasing the runs down but comfortably batted out the overs – Adam Lawton's unbeaten 50 helped them finish on 143-4 to secure a draw.

Grappers thirds were convincingly beaten at Nantwich having been dismissed for 128 batting first, with the hosts knocking off the runs for the loss of just one wicket.