POULTON bounced back from last week’s defeat with a stunning win at home against Stone.
The hosts were put into bat and lost opener Scott Meredith in just the second over.
Sam Denning joined Mark Burton at the wicket and the pair successfully settled the ship.
Aided by some poor Stone fielding and some wonderful stroke play Burton (55) and Denning (88) got the scoreboard moving.
Both men were eventually dismissed with Burton being bowled by Peter Booth and Denning caught off the bowling of Charles Ball.
Vice-captain Jon Maunder (61), and captain Ross Cutts (26 not out), followed up their team’s good work with two controlled innings, making sure their side finished on a highly respectable 277-6 of their 45 overs.
Facing an imposing target the Stone reply got off to the worst possible start when they lost Booth to just the fifth delivery of the innings.
The Poulton team were well drilled and organised in the field, putting plenty of early pressure on their opposition.
This excellent fielding eventually told and there were two run outs in quick succession by Maunder and Jack Morris.
Tight bowling from the Poulton players meant the run-rate was steadily increasing and more and more pressure was being put on the Stone batsmen.
Pete Lavis (54) and Dave Jones (39) dug in, causing frustration for the Poulton players despite the required –run-rate creeping up all the time.
Burton was introduced into the attack and he finally got the break through when Jones was caught on the boundary by Charlie Buse going for an extravagant pull shot.
Lavis passed his half-century but was caught soon after, again top edging when playing a slightly agricultural shot.
Stone finished their innings on just 177-5, meaning a victory by 100 runs for Poulton.
Photographer Terry Parker was there to catch the action