KINGSLEY’S season ran out of steam as they were beaten away at Woodford, meaning they missed out on the second promotion slot in Meller Braggins League Division Two.
Skipper Peter Pearce opted to bat after winning the toss.
But the introduction of the spinners put the balance of play in Woodford’s favour as only Ben Stoddart (70) was able to play them with any confidence.
The middle order collapsed around him and the tail capitulated to leave Woodford needing 131 to win.
While Woodford lost regular wickets along the way, they were never going to throw the game away and the hosts ran out easy winners with 131-5 (Adrian Burden 3-31, Travis Martin 1-54).
The defeat for Kingsley – coupled with a 25-point success for rivals Romiley over champions CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS – saw Kingsley pipped to promotion.
Romiley won the toss and chose to bat on a damp wicket.
A partnership between Keyt and Badrock frustrated the visitors as they toiled to make inroads.
But CCO managed to haul the score back from 170-4 to 207-8 as Mike Rowlands (3-27) and Ian Rule (2-16) did the damage.
In reply, Chester slumped to 90 all out. The back-to- back title winners finished with just four points – their lowest from any game in the last two seasons.
Elsewhere, CHOLMONDELEY (104ao) lost at home to Aston (204-3dec) and BUNBURY (163-8) signed off with a home win over Winsford (162-8dec).
Needing just seven points to maintain their status in Division One, OAKMERE did just that in a home draw against Mobberley.
Asked to bowl first, Oakmere faced an aggressive Mobberley battling line-up. Sam Catling bagged 4-47 as Mobberley reached 177-8 in their 45 overs.
In reply, Catling (52no) and Dan Wood (28) made key contributions as Oakmere secured a draw with 100-6.
In Division Three, BARROW (200-8) won at Wirral (197-6dec).