THE weekend saw both Chester Boughton Hall and Christleton end their long, long wait for a league win.
At Filkins Lane on Saturday, Hall’s success over Didsbury was their first in the Premier Division since beating Oxton on May 15.
And for Division One side Christleton, their home victory over Cheadle ended a barren spell stretching back to May 8.
Cheadle look to have fallen out of the promotion race as a result of the defeat. They were all out for 158 (Ifti Naseer 4-31) and Christleton hit back with 164-3, David Bates making 77 and Iroshan de Silva (41no).
In Hall’s game, Warren Goodwin grabbed career-best figures of 5-45 in a contest that went down to the wire.
With Alex Kegg unfit, the experienced David Atkin was required to make a rare appearance and he took 1-48 from an excellent 18 over spell as Didsbury were all out for 178.
In reply, Eddie Roberts (48) and Steve Ogilby (52) added 94 for the second wicket but the loss of Roberts set the nerves jangling.
But Chester regrouped and ended up creeping over the line with 11 balls to spare at 181-6.
Reigning Premier Division champions OULTON PARK became the latest victims of in-form Nantwich at Little Budworth.
Park were dismissed for the unusually low score of 96 (Rick Moore 40) before Nantwich replied with 99-3 (Lou Vincent 40no).
Table-topping NESTON’S bad spell continued with a losing draw at Toft, who amassed 272-6.
Neston managed to hold out for a draw at 163-8 (Chris Hackett 42).
In Division Two, TATTENHALL lost out at title-chasing Sale in a match reduced to 80 overs due to heavy rain throughout the morning.
Visiting skipper Roy Sandford won the toss and opted to make first use of what looked a decent wicket.
At 40-0 after 10 overs it looked to be the correct decision – but a sudden collapse score Tattenhall slump to 80-8. A spirited 10th-wicket partnership between Mel Dobson and Gary Forster lifted the score to 125, but it was still a below par total.
Sale made light work of chasing down the runs, losing only two wickets in the process, both to the off spin of Dobson.
Tattenhall are now slipping ever closer to the relegation zone and know they must show much more application over the remainder of the season, starting with the crucial home fixture against fellow strugglers Birkenhead Park this Saturday.