NANTWICH and Alsager suffered disappointing home defeats at the weekend.
The Dabbers slipped to a six-wicket loss at the hands of Oulton Park in their Premier Division clash, while Alsager fell to a 93-run reverse against Upton in Division One.
At Whitehouse Lane, an excellent 54 not out from Barrington Browne helped rescue a stuttering innings from 86-8 as Nantwich went on to post a total of 159.
Captain Andy Newton, 23, Jeff Maynard, 20, and Ian Cowap, 15, were the only other batsmen to make double figures. Andy McIlroy was the Park bowling hero with 6-53.
The Dabbers found the league s most prolific batsman, Paul Berry, in no mood to surrender his fine average as he took histally for the season to 960 in guiding the visitors home at 160-4 with an undefeated 64, while J Davies made a sparkling 51.
At Alsager, Upton declared on 214-5 with Garry Dixon, 74, and Nick Rivett, 61, helping their side make a testing total. Gary Pickford made an unbeaten 28 as Alsager replied, but he found little support and the hosts were bowled out for a disappointing 121.