Warren Goodwin blasted his second century in three days as Chester Boughton Hall overcame Macclesfield at Filkins Lane.
Chasing down Macc’s 230, Chester cantered home to 231-2 with Rick Moore (55) and Goodwin (116) again leading the charge with a big opening partnership, ensuring the home side claimed an eight-wicket win in the County League Premier Division clash.
Earlier, Ash Davis had been chief tormentor, taking 4-55 as Macclesfield were restricted to 230-6, Ollie Marsden making 78 and prolific Aussie Nick Bertus 56.
The score felt under par on a benign Boughton Hall pitch, and so it proved with Goodwin in ferocious mood.
The win pushed Chester into third position and, for Goodwin, it was his second big score of the week after his 103no propelled Chester into the semi-finals of the Liverpool Echo T20 KO Trophy last Thursday. Port Sunlight were on the receiving end, losing by 36 runs.
Park edge out Davenham
Oulton Park lie third in Division One after a one-wicket home win against neighbours Davenham, who scored 189-8 (Givon Christian 79, Matthew Parkinson 4-83).
Danny Leech (55) and Martin East (54) helped knock the runs off.
Tattenhall were again bowled out cheaply, this time for 95 by Weaverham (Kevin Waterhouse 4-25, Rob McMillan 4-28), who went on to win by five wickets.
In Division Two, Barrow beat Lindow by nine wickets, Bart Ryan-Beswick taking 6-35 and Iro De Silva 3-20 and 54no.
Second-placed Upton beat Christleton by nine wickets. The Chester side were all out for 105 (T Norris 26), and Upton had little trouble in reaching 106-1.
Alvanley on the climb
Alvanley moved up to third with a five-wicket home victory over Middlewich.
Alvanley skipper Chris Charles won the toss and decided to bowl first, a decision which looked good as Middlewich slumped to 61-5.
The visitors recovered to 121-6, but Alvanley hit back to bowl them out for 129, Mike Rowlands ending with 3-15 and Charles 3-36.
Alvanley’s response stuttered and the nerves were jangling at 64/4.
But sixth-wicket pair Andy Bennion (26no) and Chris Wright (34no) batted calmly, gradually accumulating runs. They guided their side to 133-5 with four overs to spare.
Away-day win for Kingsley
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Kingsley claimed an away win at Ashley. They made it to 159-5 in reply to the hosts’ 158-9.
Oakmere won a low-scoring clash against Stockport Trinity, who were skittled out for just 74 after the home side had made 98 all out.
Chester County Officers drew at Aston in Division Three. After making 187-6dec, the Chester side were unable to prise Aston out and the hosts finished on 160-9.
There was home win for Bunbury (154-3) against Over Peover, who were all out for 153.
Pott pocket the points
Saughall were soundly beaten in their Cheshire Alliance Division One home match against Pott Shrigley.
The Chester team started the day well, Mike Andrews (3-53) trapping two batsmen LBW and Lawrence Gotts (2-54) finding two ‘feathers’, expertly caught behind the stumps by Ben Salisbury.
When part-time trundler James Huxley bowled Barrow (18), Pott Shrigley were 42-5.
Saughall’s tails were up and they were producing their best fielding display of the season. But the Macclesfield team steadied the ship with a 109-run sixth-wicket stand, Cleaver (56) finally prised out as Saughall wilted in the heat. Fitter, who was fortunate to escape when he skied the ball without scoring, went through the gears in the dying overs to score 74 not out and Pott Shrigley finished on 206-6 off their 45 overs.
On a flat batting track, Saughall knew a successful run-chase wasn’t out of the question, even without several key batsmen. But it wasn’t to be as a succession of early wickets made it a case of damage limitation as they slid to 43-8 when opener James Huxley (20) cut straight to point.
Mike Andrews (37) showed some fight down the order and Matty Leek (3no) stuck around long enough for the pair to add 34 for the 10th wicket, which at least helped Saughall record batting points as they were dismissed for 92.
Park edged out
Westminster Park lost by one wicket at Tranmere Victoria.
The Chester visitors won the toss, batted and were bowled out for 207 (M Bharath 61, N Majid 55).
In reply, Tranmere Victoria won the game, scoring 208-9 (Z Vyshak 3-32).
At Cholmondeley , the home side beat visitors Wistaston by three wickets. Wistaston won the toss, batted and were bowled out for 156 (Z Venganayi 4-48, B Pearce 3-21).
In reply, Chum won with 157–7 (Pearce 37).