ANDREW SWARBRICK joked that relief was his overriding emotion after Chirk beat Worfield Seconds by eight wickets.

The Holyhead Road outfit made it back-to-back Shropshire League Division Two victories last weekend, but Swarbrick was feeling the pressure earlier on in the day.

“The lads weren’t very happy with me,” explained Swarbrick. “The pitch was an absolute road, the best wicket that I’ve played on and I decided to bowl first.

“I won the toss for the first time this season and I choose to bowl. Even their captain said “what?” He shook my hand very quickly and ran off.

“I got into the changing room and the lads were surprised to say the least.”

There was method behind Swarbrick’s madness, however, the all-rounder adding: “I haven’t won a toss all season and we’ve been asked to bat first every game.

“We hadn’t shown that we could bowl teams out and chase down a score, so it was good to do just that.”

Swarbrick’s decision to bowl first was justified as Worfield were skittled for just 107, the skipper bagging 3-35 and Nick Flack taking 2-15.

Chirk cruised to 110 for two as Gareth Partridge, pictured, struck a 54-ball unbeaten 71 and James Carter contributed 26.

“It was an unbelievable effort, especially in the field,” said Swarbrick. “The outfield was rapid, but we bowled and fielded really well before Gaz and James knocked off the runs.

“It was the perfect day.”

Next up for third placed Chirk is a trip to Montgomery, who are second in the table.

“It will be an interesting game,” continued the captain. “We’ve been told they’ve got a good bowling attack, but we don’t know much else other than that.

“We are in a good place at the moment and we are looking to make it three wins on the spin.

Chris Martin returns for Chirk, who are without Jonny Phillips.

Chirk Seconds entertain Lilleshall Thirds in Division Eight, while in Division Six, Overton head to Acton Reynald Seconds.

Overton will be looking to bounce back from a six-wicket defeat to Harcourt last weekend.

Nine-man Overton posted 173 for six, Rob Lawrenson and Andrew Clement with half centuries, but Acton replied with 174 for four.