DAVENHAM gained revenge on rivals Winnington Park on Saturday thanks to a dogged display with the bat by Mark Greaves.
The Butcher’s Stile outfit asked visiting Park to bat first on a difficult pitch and it paid off as they were reduced to 132 (Jonny Wales 48, Pete Evans 28).
In reply, Davenham grabbed victory on 133-7 with an over to spare to move off the bottom of Meller Braggins Division One and above Park in the process.
Greaves hit an impressive unbeaten 56 with support coming from Chris Hornby (26). The victory was Davenham’s second of the season and skipper Paul Jackson says there is more to come.
“Results went for us on Saturday with Trafford also losing so another five points will see us looking like getting out of trouble.
“The lads are enjoying the dogfight and things are really coming together. Our bowling attack are performing week in week out but Mark Greaves really starred with the bat on Saturday.”
Elsewhere, Northwich snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as wickets tumbled in front of a big crowd at Moss Farm.
Northwich declared on 197-9 (Mike Brandon 50) before visiting Mere lost five wickets in four overs on 188, with Martyn East the main beneficiary, to hand a precious victory to the hosts.
In Division Two, Weaverham strolled to a comfortable derby victory over rivals Winsford at Wallerscote Road.
Alan Bell’s 5-36 and James Ollier’s 4-23 helped reduce the visitors to 165.
In reply, the Russetts had Jamie Allen to thank for his superb knock of 99 which led the hosts to a winning 166-2.
At Broomsedge, Barnton settled for a winning draw over Lymm OP after they posted a total of 154-7.
Paul Coot, who struck 68, received support from Matthew Bebbington (24) while Richard Watkins starred with the ball as he took 5-28, helping to halt Lymm on 148-9.
In the Cheshire Alliance, Hartford dropped to the brink of the Division One relegation zone after suffering a tough day at fourth-placed Woodford.
Bowling first, the Grange Park side took early wickets but could not take advantage at the hosts made 218-5 (Jake Farrow 3-69).
In reply, the visitors could only muster 100 with Martin Hill (36) the only batsman to stay at the crease for any significant amount of time.