OAKMERE skipper Ian Eaton described Saturday’s home clash with relegation rivals Birkenhead Park as a must-win game and his battling side did not disappoint.
Bottom-placed Oakmere stuck second-from-bottom Park into bat at Overdale Lane and the decision paid dividend as Tom Pilling grabbed 5-34 and Nick Ball 3-30 in Birkenhead’s total of 106.
In reply, Oakmere smashed their way to victory with 108-2, Craig Phelan grabbing an unbeaten 50 in the process.
“It was a fantastic win,” said Eaton. “We bowled really well and the catches stuck. Winning the toss was also pivotal as we have won two matches from the three tosses I have won.
“There are more points up for grabs next week against Tattenhall so if we can keep the momentum going then we might be ok. The team spirit as the moment is great.”
At the other end of the Cheshire County League structure, Oulton Park are piling the pressure on Premier Division leaders Bowdon.
The Little Budworth side took the brave decision to bat first on a very wet Macclesfield wicket and posted a decent total of 199-9.
Jonny Kettle proved his potential with 72 while Ben Spendlove (41) and Chris Jones (36) also weighed in.
In reply, Macc who have been struggling for form with the bat all season, were skittled out for a meagre 92.
Park spread the wickets around with five bowlers taking two apiece.