NANTWICH were handed their first defeat of the 2017 season on Saturday in a heavy, 110-run reverse against Timperley.

After losing the toss, Ray Doyle’s hosts were asked to field first and Timperley took full advantage as they got first use of the Whitehouse Lane wicket.

They were able to build partnerships, with New Zealander Danny Cooper top-scoring with 63 as the visitors reached 220-9 from 55 overs.

There were positives in the Nantwich bowling attack, with James Warrington performing well to take 5-46 and Oliver Freckingham taking 2-65.

The hosts were soon in trouble in reply and lost regular wickets.

Five batsmen fell in single figures, while the rest could not turn decent starts into big scores.

No-one could score higher than Rob Cook-Sievewright’s effort of 26 as they were dismissed for just 110.

The result leaves Nantwich fifth in the Cheshire County League Premier Division ahead of two more games this weekend.

Doyle’s side welcome defending league champions Alderley Edge to Whitehouse Lane on Saturday before visiting Stone in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

Before that, Nantwich get their Joseph Holt T20 campaign underway by hosting Oulton Park tonight, Thursday.