MALPAS and Alvanley occupy the bottom two places in County League Division Two following sticky starts to the season.
Although Malpas at least managed to get out of first gear with the bat on Saturday, they could not prevent a home loss at the hands of Middlewich.
Asked to bat first, Malpas openers Kenneth Ricketts and Rob Suckley-Ward put on an impressive 66-run partnership, with the latter reaching 68.
The middle order also weighed in as Malpas reached a respectable 188-9 off the allotted 50 overs.
On a flat track for batting, the total did not prove to be enough as Middlewich responded with 189-3 in 39 overs.
ALVANLEY, promoted last season, were nudged down to 11th place after losing by six wickets at Stockport Georgians.
Nick Geddis (38) top-scored in Alvanley’s below par 160 and Georgians replied with 164-5.
Alvanley skipper Andy Bennion said: “We can be satisfied with the way we played and our spirit, if not the result.”
On Sunday, Malpas were put to the sword by Neston in the Cheshire Cup. Jon Suckley-Ward managed a confidence-boosting 95 for Malpas.