Chester Boughton Hall remain in the hunt for national honours after making the last eight of the Royal London National Club Championship at Cuckney.
Hall claimed a nine-wicket success at the Nottinghamshire club to reach the quarter-final after Rick Moore (84 not out) and Warren Goodwin (65) put on a batting masterclass to help Chester reach 166 for the loss of just one wicket after being set a target of 163-8 by their hosts.
Ash Davis was ferocious with 1-32 and with Will Owen taking 3-20 and Jack Williams 3-29, Chester , who face South Northumberland in the next round, made it tough for the home team throughout.
CHESHIRE COUNTY LEAGUE
Chester’s success in the competition came a day after they were held to a rain affected draw at home to third-placed Hyde in the ECB Cheshire County Premier League.
At Filkins Lane, Chester, who sit fourth in the league, won the toss and elected to field and ended the Hyde charge at 185-8 in the 39th over, with Owen (3-34), Davis (3-24) and Ross Dixon (2-34) all impressing. James Duffy was the standout Hyde batsman with 71.
The Chester response reached 167-8 at the end of the agreed 39 overs, with Owen firing an impressive 67 while Dixon contributed a solid 30.
Tattenhall remain bottom of Division One following a 76-run defeat at home to Didsbury.
The visitors were put into bat first and, aided by a knock of 26 from Tim Hughes, reached 130-8. Owen Williamson was the pick of the Tattenhall bowlers with 3-27.
But Tatters were disappointing in their response as they could only reach a paltry 54 all out. Dylan Reeves (29) was the only home batsmen to reach double figures.
Oulton Park were dealt a blow to their promotion hopes after going down to a four-wicket reverse at home to fourth-placed Sale.
Things started well for the home side as Martin East (68), Dan Leech (65) and Patrick Roberts (40) all impressed as Park reached 235-8.
But Chris Canning fired a stunning 121 not out to help his side reach 237-6 and condemn Park to defeat.
In Division Two, Alvanley beat the weather to claim a comfortable five-wicket triumph over visiting Congleton.
James Ecclestone’s 6-54 ensured the Congleton effort was ended at 98 all out and Michael Rowlands (35) and Ian McDermott (21) eased Alvanley to a match-winning 99-5.
Wet weather put paid to much of the Cheshire schedule with Christleton’s trip to Stockport cancelled and Barrow’s visit to Upton abandoned after just eight overs of play.
UK FAST LEAGUE
Oakmere came out on top in their tussle at home to Kingsley, winning by six wickets in UK Fast Division Two.
Inserted at bat first, Kingsley were all out for just 84 as M Howard (4-28), Harrison Jones (2-22) and Nick Guest (1-2) tore through the order.
And Craig Phelan’s 43 aided the response as Oakmere comfortably reached 87-4 to claim the success and move into mid-table.
Chester County Officers recent resurgence in Division Three continued as they beat the wet weather to claim a 32-run success at home to Stretton.
Batting first, Dave Downham (32), Kris Green (24) and Paul Hickey (29) all made valuable contributions as Chester reached 131 all out at the end of 41 overs.
And Steve Johnson played a key role in skittling Stretton for 99 as he took an impressive 7-49 while Sam Beacham aided the effort with 2-35.
In Cheshire Alliance Division One, Saughall were left with a blank weekend after their game at home to Glazebury was cancelled due to the rain.
In Division Two, Frodsham were on the wrong end of a four-wicket decision at Old Parkonians as their struggles continued.
Batting first, Frodsham could only reach 105 all out, with D Chriscoli’s 19 as good as it got. Chris Beckett was chief tormentor as he took an impressive haul of 6-27 from his 14 overs.
Greg Lindop plundered 46 not out in the Old Parkonians response to see his side to 109-6. Richard Warburton (3-33) and Greg Pidgeon (3-40) did their best but Frodsham fell short.