QUICKFIRE scoring isn't just confined to the current England men's side.

Chirk also like to set a fast pace in the Shropshire League and this approach has seen them climb to the top of the Division One standings after 10 games.

Luke Gardner's side, who host ninth-placed Cound tomorrow, were in a hurry to defeat Albertbury in their latest contest.

They got to a winning 169 in under 23 overs and Gardner quipped: "I think there's three Jonny Bairstows and four Ben Stokes in the team!

"The luxury we have got is our consistent top-six, they have got convincing tons and it's all very recent."

Jonathan Phillips anchored the innings with an unbeaten 43 from 53 deliveries, which gave freedom to the rest of the batsmen, including Nick Flack - who struck 27 from just 16 balls.

Chirk lost their first two games of the campaign, but now find themselves in pole position and Gardner added: "I was not expecting it to be fair.

"To be honest, I think everybody knew what we were doing wrong in the first two games.

"Since then, they have put it right.

"Every week, we just expect it to come to a halt, but it doesn't."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match-up with Cound, Gardner said: "To be honest, Cound has always been a favourite one of mine.

"I took the first five-for in my career there."

Gareth Partridge will remain in the line-up for another week as Chirk have another strong side at their disposal.

There's a reverse fixture in Division Six as Chirk Seconds go to Cound Seconds.

In the Liverpool Competition, Northop Hall can take heart from pushing Division One high-flyers Liverpool so close last time out.

Hall lost out by just 15 runs against the unbeaten leaders, but the seven points they gained in defeat pushed them out of the relegation zone.

There are home comforts for Hall tomorrow as they welcome mid-table Sefton Park.

Meanwhile, there's an away day for Northop Hall Seconds as they go to Rainhill Seconds.

Anyone for cricket?

Well, soft ball cricket to be exact!

Halkyn is looking to establish a women's soft ball cricket team and a taster session will be held later this month.

Women who fancy giving the sport a go can try out the taster session at Halkyn Cricket Club on Sunday, July 10 (2pm).

Soft ball cricket is a fun and sociable game that is suitable for all abilities.

No cricket experience is required.

For further information, contact Katie on 07946 514681 or visit Halkyn Cricket Club's Facebook page.