OULTON Park batsman Ric Moore chalked up a major milestone on Saturday – but he was unable to prevent Christleton from claiming a seven-wicket success at Little Budworth.
Moore became the first – and possibly only – County League player to top 1,000 runs for the season.
His innings of 98 against Christleton carried his tally to 1,089, but was insufficient to take Oulton’s total above a modest 166-7 in the Division One clash. Christleton’s Iroshan de Silva (3-57) and Iftikhar Naseer (4-65) caused the damage.
In reply, Christleton’s de Silva added to his three-wicket haul with 91no in a winning reply of 167-3.
In the Premier Division, CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL overwhelmed fading title challengers Macclesfield at Filkins Lane.
The visitors posted 150 (Mark Rowland 4-23, Jack Williams 4-57) after which Chester coasted home to 151-1.
Warren Goodwin remained unbeaten with 77 and Mike Robinson hit 52 in an unbroken stand worth 110.
Hyde defeated a disappointing NESTON side by six wickets at Parkgate, where the home side’s batting – so good in the national and T20 cups – collapsed again.
Mark Garrett top-scored with 33 in Neston’s tally of 126. Hyde replied with 130-4 in 25 overs, leaving Neston with points to gather from their final game – at Macclesfield – to ensure their top-flight status.
Saughall defeated Frodsham by 46 runs in Division One of the Cheshire Alliance.
Adam Griffiths played his usual array of stokes all around the wicket, collecting a wonderful 79 not out as Saughall declared on 177-7.
Richard Warburton was the pick of the bowlers with 1-12.
In reply, Frodsham were all out for 131 in the 38th over. Chris Andrews collected a deserved 7-37 from 11.4 overs. Wicket-keeper Martin Huxley took a sharp catch and pulled off a magnificent stumping.