OULTON Park kept their Chapel Press Cheshire County League Division One promotion hopes alive with a vital victory at home to table-topping Bowdon on Saturday.
Two towering individual performances were the reason behind the stunning seven-wicket success.
Left-arm seamer Guy Emmett took the wickets of former Lancashire players Mark Chilton (0) and Simon Marshall (47) on his way to recording personal best figures of 8-62 off 23 aggressive overs.
Wicketkeeper Pat Roberts claimed four catches for the hosts, who were set 175 to win.
The league’s leading scorer Ric Moore made light work of that target as he blasted a high quality, unbeaten knock of 89 to pass the 700-run mark for the season and fire Park to 178-3.
The big-hitting Moore has spent this week on trial with Kent 2nds.
Christleton returned to winning ways with an eight-wicket victory at home to Bollington.
The rock-bottom visitors were bowled out for 146, with Iftikhar Naseer (4-26) and Varun Sood (2-32) taking the lion’s share of the wickets, before the in-form Iroshan De Silva (54no) and Ben Paterson (51) took over to steer Christleton confidently home to 150-2.
Malpas put up a spirited performance in losing by four wickets at home to Cheadle in Division Two.
The basement boys made 159 (Lee Dwyer 45, Paddy Mackrell 43) on a damp but true pitch only for the high flyers to hit back with 160-6 (Phil Johnson 2-37).
Third-from-bottom Alvanley went down by five wickets at Timperley, who cruised to 102-5 (Chris Charles 3-29) after bowling Andy Bennion’s boys out for 99 (Nick Geddis 24).
Tattenhall (112-0), thanks to Ollie Thompson (52no) and John Gibbon (48), were on their way to a comfortable win at Congleton (154-9) when rain brought about an abandonment.