ANDREW SWARBRICK wants Chirk to “knuckle down” after they took control of Shropshire League Division Two.

The Wrexham-based outfit came out victorious in their top of the table showdown with Wellington Seconds, who were pushed into the runners-up spot by new leaders Chirk.

Nick Flack and Wynn Jones pocketed three wickets apiece as Chirk bowled Wellington out for just 100, before Swarbrick’s men eased to 101 for three.

Flack and Swarbrick finished unbeaten on 26 and 14 respectively after Gareth Partridge (34) and James Carter (20) had laid the perfect foundation for victory.

Chirk lead the division by a single point heading to Albrighton tomorrow, and Swarbrick wants a ninth successive win.

“We are top of the league and I couldn’t be happier with that,” said Swarbrick. “But we’ve got to knuckle down now because we’ve got to top spot and we don’t want to be knocked off it.

“Wynn has shown how much it means to everyone at Chirk in recent weeks and every single player is looking forward to the next game as soon as one finishes.”

Despite cruising to a seven-wicket win, Swarbrick was not completely happy with his team’s work.

“I’m very, very happy to have won,” said Swarbrick. “But we started off so sloppily in the field because we were too keen if anything. Thankfully we recovered, but even though we won it was disappointing to lose three wickets.”

Chirk make their way to Kennel Lane tomorrow looking to right another wrong from earlier in the season.

A tricky start to the campaign was compounded by Albrighton, who clung on for a losing draw at Holyhead Road as they replied to Chirk’s 194 for eight with 138 for eight.

But, much like in the build-up to last week’s clash with Wellington, Swarbrick has promised second from bottom Albrighton that they come face-to-face with a much improved Chirk side.

“They annoyed us at our place earlier in the season,” said Swarbrick, who was prevented from bowling full-tilt due to injury in the reverse fixture back in May.

“It will be a completely different team that they face this time round, they will face the type of team that I want us to be all of the time.”

Stevie Kelshaw misses out for Chirk, who are boosted by the return of Chris Martin.

Chirk Seconds are also in action as they host Beacon Thirds in Division Eight.